Compensation claims paid out to pupils and teachers on Teesside

Compensation totalling over £100,000 was paid out to pupils, teachers and other school staff on Teesside over three years between 22010 – 2013 it has emerged.

One school worker received over £31k after an accident with a circular saw while a child received over £8k after falling from a scooter.

A school worker received more than £31,000 in compensation after an accident with a circular saw, it has been revealed.

In total, £106,849.90 has been paid out to staff and pupils across the three Teesside boroughs who have been involved in accidents while at school, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Schools in Redcar and Cleveland paid out the most out of the three authorities – £55,321.90.

A secondary school student also received £6,084.38 following a trip/fall and a primary school pupil got £3,000 after they were injured when a door shut on their hand.

Schools in Middlesbrough shelled out the least in the last three years – awarding £24,250 in two unidentified claims in 2010/11. One primary school pupil received a pay out of £16,850 and a teacher was awarded £7,350.

A spokesman for Redcar and Cleveland Council said they “could not comment on individual cases the details of which are held by schools”.

Stockton Council’s Cabinet member for corporate management and finance, Councillor David Harrington, said: “The council and its insurers carefully consider all claims for personal injury and damage or loss of third party property. We follow clear established legal procedures and compensation is paid when there is a legal liability to do so.”

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