Girl seeks compensation for eye injury at school

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A teenager has launched a compensation claim after suffering a fractured eye socket in an accident at her former school.

Lisha Lu is taking legal action against Croydon's Royal Russell School, an independent school which was founded in 1853, following an incident during a PE lesson last September, the Croydon Guardian reports.

A writ issued at the High Court in London on behalf of the 15-year-old has stated she is seeking compensation of up to £100,000 on the basis that an accident in which she kneed herself in the face has left her with lasting health issues.

The girl who has now returned to her home in Shanghai, China, claims she still suffers from double vision and has also been mentally scarred by the ordeal.

During the accident, it is alleged the pupil was asked by a teacher to perform a backdrop on a trampoline, despite the fact she had no previous experience of the activity.

Even though the girl managed to complete this manoeuvre twice, the instructor asked her to do it again and she subsequently fell onto her shoulder and hit her left eye with her knee.

According to her legal documentation, this left Lisha in "excruciating pain" and the damage was so extensive that she had to undergo surgery at St George's Hospital the day after the accident.

"The claimant suffered great pain and still suffers for continuous residual discomfort in the area of her left eye. [She] was a talented musician before her eye injury, but which pursuits she suffers difficulties particularly with reading music scores," it added.

Furthermore, the child's representatives insist that the PE teacher was negligent in requesting her to perform trampolining moves she was not ready for.

In a statement, a spokesman told the news source the school is "very sorry" about the injuries Lisha suffered.

"The school takes the health and safety of all pupils, staff and visitors very seriously and has an excellent record in this regard," he added.

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20/08/2012 16:41