Bolton pays out even more than first thought in school injury compensation claims

The Bolton News: Bolton pays out even more than first thought in school injury compensation claims Bolton pays out even more than first thought in school injury compensation claims

BOLTON Council has paid out more in injury compensation at schools in the town than first thought, new figures have revealed.

In April, The Bolton News reported that 16 pupils across the borough were given a share of £150,000 after getting injured at school between May 2009 and April 2014.

One of the pupils received compensation after slipping on ice and leaves.

Now it has been revealed the amount of money paid out was even higher as the figure did not take account of injuries to school staff and visitors.

There were an additional 27 payouts to school staff and visitors for trips, slips and other mishaps suffered in the same five-year period, bringing the total payout cost to £257,458.

In neighbouring Bury, the council paid out almost half that figure – £134,000 – for similar claims.

The biggest single payout in Bolton to a non-pupil came in May 2009 when a member of staff was awarded £37,947 after a slip.

An adult visitor to a school was given £14,000 in May 2012 due to a building defect.

Unlike some other Greater Manchester councils, Bolton Council has refused to go into detail about the incidents.

However, Wayne Dunning, a health and safety consultant at Eccles-based Employment Law Advisory Service, said: “It is unfortunate that the council has not made the details public as it would allow for more analysis.

“But every local authority can improve and more can be done to protect children in schools and to reduce the bill for taxpayers.”

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We have a duty to protect public money and always carry out full and detailed investig-ations before deciding whether or not to pay a claim.

“Although we have paid compensation for 43 claims during the past five financial years, we have successfully defended 68 claims over the same period.

“Taking this into account and given that the figures cover a five-year period, thousands of pupils and staff and visitors, the figures are comparatively low. Safety is obviously a pri-ority and we advise and work with all our schools closely to try and keep accidents to a minimum.”

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12:28am Tue 15 Jul 14

bigbob123 says...

I have a friend who recently took part in a parents race at a primary school sports day.
He finished the race but tripped over a loose skipping rope that was used as a finish line, he then couldn't stop in time because the stopping distance was never made longer for the adults so he went straight off the 2 foot length of grass, onto loose stones on concrete and he went over.
Ended up with a twisted and dislocated finger along with two badly broken fingers that have had to be wired.
He's 50 / 50 about claiming but to me he should do because Schools need to be well up on health and safety, and the fact that there was so many potential hazards that were ignored by members of trained staff.
If they are getting claims whacked in against them then its their own fault
I have a friend who recently took part in a parents race at a primary school sports day. He finished the race but tripped over a loose skipping rope that was used as a finish line, he then couldn't stop in time because the stopping distance was never made longer for the adults so he went straight off the 2 foot length of grass, onto loose stones on concrete and he went over. Ended up with a twisted and dislocated finger along with two badly broken fingers that have had to be wired. He's 50 / 50 about claiming but to me he should do because Schools need to be well up on health and safety, and the fact that there was so many potential hazards that were ignored by members of trained staff. If they are getting claims whacked in against them then its their own fault bigbob123
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8:40am Tue 15 Jul 14

marco999 says...

bigbob123 wrote:
I have a friend who recently took part in a parents race at a primary school sports day.
He finished the race but tripped over a loose skipping rope that was used as a finish line, he then couldn't stop in time because the stopping distance was never made longer for the adults so he went straight off the 2 foot length of grass, onto loose stones on concrete and he went over.
Ended up with a twisted and dislocated finger along with two badly broken fingers that have had to be wired.
He's 50 / 50 about claiming but to me he should do because Schools need to be well up on health and safety, and the fact that there was so many potential hazards that were ignored by members of trained staff.
If they are getting claims whacked in against them then its their own fault
He should have been more careful then - why should the school have to pay him for his careless actions? Was he trained to take part in a school sports day? Did he have adequate insurance that covered him and any third party for potential damage he caused? Probably not, so why did he engage in something he was neither trained nor insured for? I'll tell you - he did it because it was fun and when you do something like this which is fun you also take a bit of a risk and the risks are something we should all assess for ourselves - it's called common sense.
[quote][p][bold]bigbob123[/bold] wrote: I have a friend who recently took part in a parents race at a primary school sports day. He finished the race but tripped over a loose skipping rope that was used as a finish line, he then couldn't stop in time because the stopping distance was never made longer for the adults so he went straight off the 2 foot length of grass, onto loose stones on concrete and he went over. Ended up with a twisted and dislocated finger along with two badly broken fingers that have had to be wired. He's 50 / 50 about claiming but to me he should do because Schools need to be well up on health and safety, and the fact that there was so many potential hazards that were ignored by members of trained staff. If they are getting claims whacked in against them then its their own fault[/p][/quote]He should have been more careful then - why should the school have to pay him for his careless actions? Was he trained to take part in a school sports day? Did he have adequate insurance that covered him and any third party for potential damage he caused? Probably not, so why did he engage in something he was neither trained nor insured for? I'll tell you - he did it because it was fun and when you do something like this which is fun you also take a bit of a risk and the risks are something we should all assess for ourselves - it's called common sense. marco999
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8:50am Tue 15 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

Wont give any info on the claimants. Wonder why not i wonder!
Wont give any info on the claimants. Wonder why not i wonder! thomas222
  • Score: 4

11:17am Tue 15 Jul 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Well, that's school sports days cancelled across the borough because some idiot doesn't look where he's going and thinks we should pay for his stupidity...
Well, that's school sports days cancelled across the borough because some idiot doesn't look where he's going and thinks we should pay for his stupidity... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 3

5:54pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bigbob123 says...

exactly it was supposed to be fun!, how on earth can you allow people to take part in something that is fun but involves a risk of being injured? especially if you are not insured to conduct such an event on a school premises.
They used a skipping rope for a bloody finish line, they didn't allow for for more room to stop because of faster running and they certainly shouldn't of allowed parents to change from a bumpy un-even grass surface to a loose and hard surface straight off.
He Joined in something that he thought would be fun and safe but ended up paying the price for ill planning and what has now been confirmed as an un-insured activity which goes against the schools policy, and this was something that the school organised!
Complete set of planks the school
exactly it was supposed to be fun!, how on earth can you allow people to take part in something that is fun but involves a risk of being injured? especially if you are not insured to conduct such an event on a school premises. They used a skipping rope for a bloody finish line, they didn't allow for for more room to stop because of faster running and they certainly shouldn't of allowed parents to change from a bumpy un-even grass surface to a loose and hard surface straight off. He Joined in something that he thought would be fun and safe but ended up paying the price for ill planning and what has now been confirmed as an un-insured activity which goes against the schools policy, and this was something that the school organised! Complete set of planks the school bigbob123
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1:15am Wed 16 Jul 14

wild one says...

marco999 wrote:
bigbob123 wrote:
I have a friend who recently took part in a parents race at a primary school sports day.
He finished the race but tripped over a loose skipping rope that was used as a finish line, he then couldn't stop in time because the stopping distance was never made longer for the adults so he went straight off the 2 foot length of grass, onto loose stones on concrete and he went over.
Ended up with a twisted and dislocated finger along with two badly broken fingers that have had to be wired.
He's 50 / 50 about claiming but to me he should do because Schools need to be well up on health and safety, and the fact that there was so many potential hazards that were ignored by members of trained staff.
If they are getting claims whacked in against them then its their own fault
He should have been more careful then - why should the school have to pay him for his careless actions? Was he trained to take part in a school sports day? Did he have adequate insurance that covered him and any third party for potential damage he caused? Probably not, so why did he engage in something he was neither trained nor insured for? I'll tell you - he did it because it was fun and when you do something like this which is fun you also take a bit of a risk and the risks are something we should all assess for ourselves - it's called common sense.
its called having bloody fun with your kids. they probably had a right laugh at dad going arse over titts...get on with it...
[quote][p][bold]marco999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigbob123[/bold] wrote: I have a friend who recently took part in a parents race at a primary school sports day. He finished the race but tripped over a loose skipping rope that was used as a finish line, he then couldn't stop in time because the stopping distance was never made longer for the adults so he went straight off the 2 foot length of grass, onto loose stones on concrete and he went over. Ended up with a twisted and dislocated finger along with two badly broken fingers that have had to be wired. He's 50 / 50 about claiming but to me he should do because Schools need to be well up on health and safety, and the fact that there was so many potential hazards that were ignored by members of trained staff. If they are getting claims whacked in against them then its their own fault[/p][/quote]He should have been more careful then - why should the school have to pay him for his careless actions? Was he trained to take part in a school sports day? Did he have adequate insurance that covered him and any third party for potential damage he caused? Probably not, so why did he engage in something he was neither trained nor insured for? I'll tell you - he did it because it was fun and when you do something like this which is fun you also take a bit of a risk and the risks are something we should all assess for ourselves - it's called common sense.[/p][/quote]its called having bloody fun with your kids. they probably had a right laugh at dad going arse over titts...get on with it... wild one
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