Accidents can happen anywhere, and schools, playgrounds and sports fields are action-packed places where the likelihood of accident or injury is dramatically increased. Kids of all ages get injured, from pre-school to post-grad, so eliminating risks is the first health and safety priority. Young Australians grow with boundless energy during their formative years, so it’s no surprise that over-enthusiasm often leads to sporting and playground accidents within school buildings and grounds.
Schools owe students, staff and visitors a duty of care to protect them from foreseeable risks, hazards or dangers, but when injuries happen, compensation can get complicated. Choosing Taylor & Scott guidance for school, sporting or playground injury compensation claims is a solutions-based approach with a greater likelihood of successful claim outcomes.
Compensation can be claimed for accidents or injuries that take place on school grounds, public parks, community spaces, and private property. In other words, the onus of care is on all of us to ensure we maintain a safe environment. Playground injuries are common and sometimes caused by defective equipment for which the school is accountable. If a similar injury were to occur in a council-maintained playground, a compensation claim is made against the council body or person responsible for playground equipment maintenance.
Schools are vibrant, bustling places with a lot going on. Australian kids usually take the small knocks, but real accidents do happen, whether caused by faulty school furniture or equipment, on the bus or on an excursion, or while playing sports or games. The risk of injury at school is heightened, and accidents and incidents can’t be avoided altogether, even in the safest environments, but fortunately, the NSW legal system provides avenues for compensation, and Taylor & Scott Lawyers understand the avenues, the destination, and the fastest way to get compensation claim results.
All schools, including private schools, are expected to have systems, policies and guidelines in place to ensure risks are minimised and safety is a priority. Negligence in maintaining a property or overseeing safe practices can result in accidents or incidents that were otherwise foreseeable. In such cases, compensation can be claimed to cover losses. Compensation assistance for school, sporting or playground incident victims includes:
Accidents and incidents that occur at school or during school-related activities often result in personal injury compensation claims. Teachers also require some legal protection when accidents inevitably occur under their watch, so it is usually the Department of Education and Training or the school’s umbrella organisation that is liable to pay compensation.
Compensation claims are made on an injured child’s behalf by a parent or other adult guardian. There are time limits on personal injury compensation claims, so contacting Taylor & Scott for a complimentary appraisal of your claim’s chances of success is the no-risk way to get proceedings underway. Taylor & Scott accident compensation lawyers help build the case, collating evidence to prove a breach in duty of care caused by the school, sporting or playground incident. If we think your case has a winning chance, we will proceed with our no-win no-fee guarantee, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us a cent.
Undertaking a compensation claim is stressful and complicated, especially when already dealing with difficult injury issues. Taylor & Scott Lawyers relieve clients of financial burden by withholding all client/lawyer fee payments until the compensation case is won. In addition to this no-win no-fee guarantee, Taylor & Scott handle all paperwork, documentation, evidence collection, communication and negotiation. When legal obstacles arise, Taylor & Scott rise to the challenge to get you the compensation you and your family deserve.
The majority of injuries sustained by children at school are caused by accident, and the onus is on the school administrators to reduce risks wherever possible. The most common accidents leading to injury and subsequent claims are:
Every case is different and compensation isn’t guaranteed. For example, if a child breaks a bone playing contact sport where risks are acknowledged, liability of the school, teacher or referee may be waived. However, if the accident occurred due to the referee losing control of the situation or pushing the child beyond their limits of safety, you may have a strong compensation case against the negligent teacher, coach, referee or other school body.
If your child has suffered a serious injury in the school playground, you will need to accurately establish the facts surrounding the accident. Write down all details regarding the accident, including the school’s response. Collect notes (evidence) from the child, teachers and any other relevant party. Playground accident claims can be complex, so it’s imperative to seek legal advice from Taylor & Scott as soon as possible for a free case assessment and the best available injury compensation advice and support.
Kids will be kids and school playground injuries are all too common. Schools owe an implicit duty of care to students while at school or engaged in extracurricular activities under the care of school staff. If your child has been injured at school you will need to prove the injury occurred due to negligence, or a breach of duty of care.
A school is less likely to be found liable for a random playground injury that occurs without warning. On the other hand, if the accident occurred in a classroom where greater supervision is expected, the school is more likely to be held liable. Taylor & Scott Personal Injury Lawyers establish the strongest possible case for playground accident compensation claims success.
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