More than £800,000 compensation paid out for school accidents
NEW figures have shown that more than £800,000 in compensation has been paid out after children were involved in accidents at schools in Wales over the last five years.
Payouts include £10,500 for a pupil “playfully pushed” into a window and £1,000 for hot food splashing a child.
Claims were also made for a child running into goal posts and the incorrect application of first aid, according to the figures reported by the BBC following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request.
Swansea Council had no compensation claims against it between 2008/09 and 2012/13, Carmarthenshire Council had 24 successful claims and paid out £13,250, with 12 cases ongoing, and Neath Port Talbot Council did not provide any information.
Newport paid out the most in compensation at £248,131 for 44 cases, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf at £189,934 for 10 cases, Cardiff at £100,117 for 74 claims and Flintshire at nearly £80,000 for 10 cases brought.
The figures have re-ignited calls for an end to the compensation culture and no win no fee legal representation deals.