Child receives $70,000 plus legal costs in compensation for a public liability claim involving a school

PUBLISHED 29 Oct 2019

A 6 year old child was was walking towards her teacher in class whilst holding a pair of scissors, when she slipped on a piece of laminated paper that was on the floor. She fell upon the scissors and suffered a severe injury to her left eye and socket.
The child, our client, was awarded $70,000 plus her legal costs by way of compensation for the injuries she sustained.

While children injured in accidents are not suffering any loss of income nor do they require domestic assistance around the home, they may require additional care from their parents or guardians as a result of their injuries and disabilities. The cost of their past and future treatment is also taken into account.

In this particular case, the child was awarded compensation for her past and future medical treatment costs as well as pain and suffering.

This client was assisted by senior solicitor Rita Furfaro of Gerard Malouf & Partners.
We acted in accordance with our “No Win No Fee” policy and requested reports and clinical notes from our client’s treating doctors. We also arranged assessments of our client by a medico legal doctor to assess her injuries at no up-front cost to the client.

After collating all relevant medical evidence and significant preparation of her case, a settlement conference was arranged with the defendant in an attempt to settle the claim before the matter proceeded to a Hearing before a Judge. After negotiations, her claim was settled for $70,000 plus her legal costs.

The settlement of children’s claims must be approved by a Judge of the District Court. Once approved, the money will generally thereafter be paid into the New South Wales Trustee and Guardian to invest until the child attains 18 years of age.

If you or your child has been injured in a public place that was not your fault, speak to one of our expert solicitors at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation Lawyers on 1800 004 878 for a free, no obligation consultation or complete our email enquiry form.

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