How To Sue A School

By Stephen Chambers. Last Updated 27th February 2024. If you want to know how to sue a school, this guide will help. We will attempt to make the process as simple as possible for you to understand.

The school owes their pupils and members of staff a duty of care. They should reduce the risk of injury as much as possible.

Furthermore, a school is responsible for safeguarding the personal data that it collects. The school would be considered a data controller, and the natural persons to whom the data relates are known as data subjects.

In this guide, we’ll look at the process of claiming against a school for a personal injury. We’ll also look at what a No Win No Fee agreement is and how this could benefit you if you have a valid claim. You’ll also find out how much personal injury compensation you could receive in a claim against a school.

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How To Sue A School For Personal Injury

Schools, nurseries, and universities have a responsibility to safeguard staff, students, parents and visitors on their premises. When a school neglects this duty of care, and you suffer an injury as a result, it could make you eligible to make a personal injury claim. Furthermore, if your child suffered injuries due to the negligence of the school, then you could be entitled to claim on their behalf as their litigation friend. 

You will need to show that a breach of duty of care directly led to the injury. For example, if a child was running across a playground and tripped on their own shoelaces and fell, then this would not be due to the school’s negligence and you would not be able to claim.

However, if a child was playing on playground equipment that was in a poor state of repair, and a child was injured because of this, then it may be that the school neglected their responsibility to carry out regular checks and repairs. As a result, a compensation claim may be able to be made on behalf of the child.

You may be wondering if you have sufficient evidence to make a valid claim. Speak to our advisors for more insight and guidance on how to sue a school; they can offer you a free assessment of your case.

 

Examples Of Accidents In A School

The duty of care that a school owes is set out in two main pieces of legislation. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines the duty of care that they owe staff, visitors and pupils who attend the school. It states that all reasonably practicable steps should be taken to reduce or remove hazards that pose a risk of injury.

Below, we have included some examples of accidents that could occur on school grounds and the injuries they could result in:

  • Slips, falls and trips: A slip or trip accident could cause a range of different injuries. For example, a parent picking up their child might slip on a loose carpet tile, causing them to fall and sustain a broken cheekbone. Similar accidents could happen to a school employee.
  • Defective equipment: It is down to schools to ensure their equipment, including playground equipment, is safe enough to be used and replace them if there are any faults. For example, a child could be on a swing when the chain breaks, causing the child to fall to the floor and sustain a break or fracture
  • Accidents on school trips: Schools are still responsible for children on school trips and should supervise children to prevent potential accidents. They should also ensure that they only take children on appropriate trips and ensure that any locations where trips are arranged have the appropriate safety measures in place. Failure to do so could cause an accident resulting in a broken rib

Read on to find out more information on how to sue a school. Additionally, you can use the live chat feature on this page to discuss your case with an advisor.

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How Much Compensation Could I Get In A Claim Against A School

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is a document that legal professionals may use to value claims. The estimations in the guidelines are based on previous court cases where compensation has been awarded. 

It is worth noting that the figures only account for general damages. This is the part of your settlement that relates to the pain and suffering caused by your injuries or your child’s injuries if you’re claiming on your child’s behalf. You can view figures for certain injuries below, but note that the first entry is not based on the JCG.

InjuryCompensationNotes
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesUp to £250,000+If an injured party is eligible to be compensated for multiple serious injuries, then they may receive a payout that covers all injuries plus any related special damages, such as the cost of home care.
Severe Leg Injuries (i) £96,250 to £135,920Multiple fractures could take a long time to heal and would require ongoing treatment.
Severe Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips (i) £78,400 to £130,930Such injuries may result in lack of bladder and bowel control and hip deformity.
Severe (i) Knee Injuries£69,730 to £96,210Considerable pain will have been caused and there may be loss of function.
Serious Foot Injuries£24,990 to £39,200There may be risk of future arthritis and there will likely be extensive treatment.
Serious (ii) Fractures of Jaws£17,960 to £30,490There could be difficulty opening the mouth and your ability to eat is likely to be affected.
Less Severe Wrist Injuries£12,590 to £24,500There may be persisting pain and stiffness.
Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£8,180 to £23,150Any ongoing symptoms are not grossly disabling.
Moderate Psychiatric Damage £5,860 to £19,070Prognosis is likely to be good while symptoms would have markedly improved.
Serious Toe Injuries£9,600 to £13,740Stabbing pains may persist and you could suffer from sensitive scarring.

You could also claim special damages, which relate to financial losses caused by your accident. You should be able to provide proof, such as bills, statements and receipts to support this head of your claim. 

If your injury is not listed, speak to our team of advisors. They could connect you with a solicitor if they think you have a valid claim. 

What Happens To Compensation For Children?

If you make a successful claim against a public school or private school, your child will receive compensation. This compensation will be held in trust by the Court Funds Office (CFO).

If you are acting as your child’s litigation friend, you will have control of this account until they turn 18. However, in order to withdraw money from this account, you have to make a statement outlining how the payment will be used to support the child. 

You may also be asked to provide evidence. For example, if your child suffered a brain injury and the money was needed to pay medical bills for specialist treatment, you may be asked to provide an invoice or letter of treatment from the relevant doctor.

In most cases, the child will receive a letter or email from the CFO in the weeks before they turn 18, providing instructions on how to apply for their compensation. If their application is successful, their compensation will be released to them, and they will have complete control over it.

To learn more about suing a school, read on. Or, contact our team today for a free case review.

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Am I Eligible To Get A No Win No Fee Agreement?

If you contact our advisors about your potential personal injury claim against a school, then they could review it to determine if you have a valid case. If they determine it is valid, then they could put you in touch with one of the solicitors on our panel.

Our panel of solicitors can support claims under a type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under such an arrangement, you won’t need to pay your solicitor for their services before the claim begins or while it is being processed. You also won’t need to pay your solicitor for their work if the claim fails.

If you make a successful claim, then your solicitor takes a success fee from you. This means they’ll take a small and legally capped percentage of the compensation awarded to you.

To learn more about how to sue a school with a No Win No Fee solicitor, contact our advisors for free today. They can also offer you free advice for your specific case and answer any additional questions you may have about the claiming process. You can contact our team by:

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