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Common Injuries

Here is a list of the most common injuries at school are:
Slips and Trips
Slips, trips and falls are common accidents that can occur during school trips, sports lessons, playground activities and probably anywhere on school grounds. These types of accidents can cause minor injuries such as knocks and bruises or more severe injuries such as fractures or broken bones.

Slips, trips and falls at school are often caused by spillages, obstructions, poor lighting, insufficient footwear, lack of training and supervision or steps. When a personal injury occurs, they should be investigated in order to prevent any future personal injury claims.

Slips, trips and falls can often cause trauma to your muscles, ligaments, bones and tissue. Falling awkwardly from a trip or slip can do more damage than expected, therefore it is essential that you see a doctor immediately.

It is also important to remember that education facilities should be protected by public liability insurance, employee liability insurance and the equivalent government schemes. This protection helps to cover such places against any slips and trips claims. Schools are legally obliged to implement the necessary steps in order to prevent such accidents from occurring.
Asbestos Related Disease
Exposure to asbestos can cause a wide range of illnesses, with some being extremely serious. Symptoms caused by exposure to asbestos may not be experienced until several years later, making many unaware of the damaged which is being caused. According to recent report from the Freedom of Information Data, around 86% of UK schools contain asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos can lead to the following diseases:
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural thickening
Asbestos diseases often arise from exposure to asbestos fibres or dust. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, places a range of responsibilities on those who are responsible for the maintenance of the school. This includes identifying any materials containing asbestos. These regulations do not require the removal of the asbestos if it does not pose as an obvious threat. However appropriate steps should be taken to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure, such as exposure to asbestos fibres.
Sports Accidents
Sporting activities are always part of the school curriculum, so it is essential that the school supplies the correct safety equipment and training when carrying out such activities. Injuries that occur whilst playing sport at school are often caused by poor/damaged equipment, poor training, tackles or unsafe grounds. Injuries usually involve minor knocks and bruises, however more severe injuries can occur.

If you have suffered a preventable injury due to a failure to provide the required safety equipment, you could be entitled to compensation. These safety measures also apply to teachers, pupils and visitors who should be protected at all times. If appropriate steps have not been taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone during a game, the school will be held responsible.
Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is caused when consuming food which has not been cooked correctly or has not been handled or stored properly.

Symptoms of food poisoning include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever
These symptoms often start within hours of eating contaminated food. Treatment for food poisoning is most often unnecessary and will usually go away on its own accord within either a few hours or a few days. However with more severe cases, you may need to go to hospital. You should visit a doctor/seek medical attention if the following occurs:
  • Frequent vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
  • Bloody vomit or stools
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days
  • Extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping
  • Excessive dehydration
  • Blurry vision and muscle weakness
If your school has failed to comply with hygiene regulations and you have suffered from food poisoning as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.