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February 5th 2013

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Compensation for teenager who suffered injury in school playground

Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson

Senior Solicitor, Abuse

Compensation for teenager who suffered injury in school playground

A teenager from Hull has received compensation after he was injured in his school playground and then, despite being in pain, was sent home by bus. Our client, who was 15 at the time of the accident, was on his way to a lesson in December 2008 when he slipped on ice that was covering a drain in the school playground, falling and injuring his wrist.

A teenager from Hull has received compensation after he was injured in his school playground and then, despite being in pain, was sent home by bus.

Our client, who was 15 at the time of the accident, was on his way to a lesson in December 2008 when he slipped on ice that was covering a drain in the school playground, falling and injuring his wrist.

A teacher at the school decided that our client had suffered a sprain. His mum, who’d recently also had an accident, was unable to drive to school to pick him up. The school decided to send him home on public transport, which involved an hour long journey on two buses, despite the pain he was suffering.

Once at home our client was still in a lot of pain, so his parents took him to their local minor injuries unit and then to Hull Royal Infirmary. An X-ray showed that the wrist was clearly broken and the orthopaedic surgeon decided to operate, but after keeping him in until 9pm the hospital asked him to return the next day for surgery.

Following surgery our client’s wrist was immobilised in a cast; this added to the stress for the family since our client had previously had a very serious allergic reaction to a cast, and so because of this allergic reaction it was necessary for the wrist cast to be removed early. Our client was unable to travel daily to school and so he had work sent home for five weeks. He also had to cut short a building course he was attending.

Fortunately, the wrist is now fully healed, but flare–ups from the allergic reaction to the cast still occur. Our client’s parents felt that the accident could have been avoided – the weather was severe making it unsafe for children to be in the school playground. Our client’s parents felt that, at the very least, plenty of grit should have been used on outside surfaces. They also believed that the school had been wrong to send a boy in obvious pain home on a bus.

Claire Fletcher, personal injury specialist at Neil Hudgell Solicitors, said: “Having gathered all the facts in this case, it was clear that there were grounds to seek compensation.

“We used our experience in handling claims for accidents in public places to negotiate a settlement on behalf of the family and are pleased at the outcome.”

Our client’s Mum said: “This was so stressful, not only seeing your child in such pain, but the added upset of the allergic reaction on his arm, if the playground had been safe he never would have had to go through this.”

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