Gwent councils face school accident claims

Councils in one area of the UK have faced numerous claims for compensation from parents after their children were hurt in accidents at school, new data has shown.

According to figures obtained by the South Wales Argus under a freedom of information request, some 39 separate pursuits of damages were made by people against local authorities in Gwent throughout the last two years.

Injuries suffered after instances of slipping and tripping were common causes of complaint among residents, with Caerphilly council facing the highest number of claims in the region during 2009-10 and 2010-11 with 17.

Meanwhile, the local authority in Torfaen dealt with 12 cases brought about due to problems such as a broken leg sustained in a playground fall and a fractured elbow suffered as a pupil got off a coach.

This comes after it emerged that councils in Gwent handed out £190,000 in compensation for pothole injuries over the last three years.

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04/01/2012 14:05