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Personal injury claims at schools resulted in £400,000 compensation

Personal injury claims made by pupils and staff at schools in Derbyshire have paid out more than £400,000 in compensation since 2010.

Date released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed one secondary school pupil received £40,000 in compensation following personal injury resulting from a trip.

Derbyshire County Council said claims are decided on the amount of pain, suffering and loss caused.

Details of the schools where the incidents happened, the sex of the people involved and exact ages were not released.

A council spokeswoman said: “Damages are payable only in the event that a breach of either common law or statutory duty can be established on the balance of probabilities.

“Any consent form signed by parents/carers provides permission for the child to participate in the trip/activity. Legally it is not permissible to limit liability for personal injury in this way.”

Compensation is usually paid from the council’s insurance and risk fund.

According to the Derbyshire Telegraph, other incidents from Derbyshire schools included a primary pupil receiving £7,587 following a slip in the classroom.

One staff member injured by ‘lifting and handling’ was paid £13,000 and over £60,000 was paid out to 11 employees injured due to slipping.

The smallest amount, £750, was paid to a secondary school pupil who was struck by an object.

The highest staff payout, £30,000, was to an employee injured by a ‘premise defect’.

Compensation was also paid out to workers and pupils who suffered abuse or assaults.

To make a claim for compensation call the personal injury team at PM Law on 0114 2965444.

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