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Child wins £250,000 in compensation after accident at school

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A Leicester pupil has been awarded £250,000 in compensation for their serious injury at school. The case was brought forward following a Freedom of Information request, yet Leicester City Council has refused to provide any information on the case, including who the child was, what school it happened at, and the extent of the injury. The authority said that providing any information whatsoever could damage the anonymity of the child.

What the Freedom of Information request did uncover is that the incident happened in 2008, and that compensation was only granted last year. The amount of compensation awarded also sheds light on the extent of the injuries, with a city council spokesperson saying that the package covers loss of future earnings as a result of the injury.

£9,446 awarded to pupils

Last year saw three other Leicester school pupils awarded compensation for injuries sustained at school. In total, the claims came to £9,446, with two being slip and trip claims and the other for a foot injury suffered in a PE lesson.

In relation to other personal injury compensation cases, a £250,000 package normally goes to an individual who has suffered a brain injury, loss of limbs or loss of senses. A council spokesperson said that the compensation was covered by the authority’s insurance arrangements.

The spokesperson stated: “Our compensation rate is very small indeed when considered in this context, and serious accidents in schools are extremely rare.

If you have suffered an injury in a public place, and are looking to claim compensation, please contact us.


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