Classrooms, playgrounds, school gyms and assembly areas can all be potentially hazardous environments if they are not managed correctly and if Health and Safety legislation is not adhered to. If your child has suffered a severe injury at school, and you believe the injury to be the fault of the school, you may be able to bring a claim * for compensation against them.
Minor trips and falls are commonplace in education settings, and often down to the carelessness of the children involved in the incident. However, there are many situations where children may sustain much more significant and avoidable injuries, that are no fault of their own. In these types of scenarios, you may be able to instigate a compensation claim * against the school.
Instigating a claim for negligence
Children at school, just like adults at work, have a right to a safe and accessible work environment. If your child is involved in an accident that is the result of another person’s negligence or lack of safety measures, you may have a right to claim compensation on behalf of your child.
Many claims are never filed as parents are simply unaware of the fact that they have grounds to seek compensation. They may also avoid instigating a claim because they are worried about expensive legal fees. If you are unsure about whether you have a case, you should speak to a qualified solicitor to seek advice.
Scenarios where you may have a basis to instigate a claim include:
- Your child has experienced a traumatic injury on school premises
- Your child has not been adequately protected from violent bullying
- Your child has been assaulted or abused by a teacher or school staff member
- Your school has failed to recognise symptoms of severe mental health disorders as a result of bully or harassment within the school
- Your school has failed to adhere to Health and Safety legislation
- Your school has illegally discriminated against your child in some way.
There will, of course, be many other specific scenarios which occur within a school environment that lead to a physical or mental injury to your child. If you have any doubt about the severity of the incident, contact one of our expert solicitors today for advice.
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims *, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including education setting related accidents. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we have worked with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance on any form of personal injury *.
If your child has suffered an avoidable injury at school, get in contact with our specialist education claims solicitors today to make a start on your claim * or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.