If there is one environment outside the family home where you'd think your children are safe, it is school. For at least eight hours a day, your kids are in controlled surroundings and looked after by professional teachers and support staff.
Nonetheless, accidents of various natures do occur at school so it is important to understand what you and your child could do if this situation arises. However, many schools are also regarded as public places as people can have access to it at any time of day.
As such, if any injury or accident occurs on a public school location, you could be able to claim for public liability compensation.
What classes as a public injury at a school?
While the school board and land owner have a responsibility to your children while they are at school, the general public also has a right to be safe in this environment.
Situations where a public liability claim might arise including slips on walkways, falls as a result of poor lighting, unsafe substances left in a public place or injuries caused by unprotected construction materials.
This isn't an exhaustive list by all means, which is why it is important that you get in contact with public compensation lawyer as soon as possible after the incident to validate your claim.
What evidence do I need for a public liability claim?
Regardless of whether the injury at a school premises occurs during working hours or not, the information that you present to a compensation lawyer will go a long way to the success of any public liability claim.
Firstly, you'll need a written statement of the events and any witness accounts. This is an essential part of any potential claim and ensures the details are set in stone.
Secondly, you'll need a breakdown of your injury and medical treatment. The severity, length of treatment and recovery will determine the amount of compensation available to you.
What is the next step?
If you or your child have been injured in a school environment – inside or outside of school hours – it is critical to seek the assistance of a compensation lawyer.
At Gerard Malouf and Partners, we have a specialised team of public liability lawyers who can assess your case and take it forward. We also work on a "no win no fee" basis which protects you in the event that the claim is unsuccessful.
For more information, get in contact with us today.