Schools face compensation bills over playground injuries

Ten injury compensation claims are currently being pursued against authorities in Bedfordshire that relate to children hurting themselves while on school premises.

Most recently a family launched an injury compensation claim against Luton Borough Council after their child slipped and fell in a school playground, Dunstable Today reports.

A further nine claims for compensation are currently being dealt with by Central Beds Council, the majority of which are connected to sporting incidents.

During the financial year from 2005 to 2006, a pupil received £2,250 by the council after he was hit by a cricket bat in the playground.

Councillor Adam Fahn denied that the claims will restrict the everyday activities that children enjoy safely, saying that schools simply need to be trained to spot potential risks when they occur.

"If in the rare occasion an accident does occur, Central Bedfordshire Council will always investigate thoroughly to make sure the appropriate safety checks were carried out," he told the paper.

The news follows reports that the parents of an Oxford University student killed by a bin lorry have launched an injury compensation claim over the tragic incident.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19329664-ADNFCR

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