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A worrying new study has revealed that teachers in Scotland were paid almost £300,000 in compensation last year as a result of accidents in the workplace.
The figures come following a report from the teachers union, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) which showed that a number of teachers were injured as a result of negligence in schools with slips, trips and falls being the most common type of accident. Some accidents occurred due to icy conditions or dangerous conditions. One teacher was awarded £150,000 after slipping on black ice in a school car park, resulting in a displaced pelvis and other injuries. Figures also revealed that another received a £40,000 payment after suffering stress due to a heavy workload Some teachers were injured in their classrooms when teaching with one injured when a window fell inward.
The vast majority of cases were settled outside of the courtroom with all workers injured as a result of negligence or through no fault of their own.
Larry Flanagan, the EIS general secretary, said: “Teachers and lecturers are entitled to safe workplaces and the evidence over this year is a worrying testimony to a lack of diligence by employers.
“These damages should never be viewed as some kind of windfall for injured members. Every case is calculated to the penny with the sole aim of putting members back to the position they were in before they were injured through no fault of their own.”
“It is essential that all injuries in the workplace are reported, logged and that the police are informed where a potential crime, such as assault, has occurred. Without proper procedures being followed for the recording and reporting of incidents, there is little chance of any action being taken to address the cause of the injury.”
The Scottish Government also criticised the findings stating that “every child and teacher should feel safe in school.”
Making a Personal Injury Claim Following a Workplace Accident
Sadly, the workplace is one of the most common places to be involved in an accident, with the roads being yet another common place. However, your employer in your place of work has the right to ensure that you are in a safe and hazard-free workplace. Indeed, in the workplace your safety is paramount. If your employer fails in this duty and care and you are injured in an accident that is not your fault or occurs as a result of negligence, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Sadly, following your accident if you were seriously injured, there was a chance that you had to seek medical help. We believe that if you are involved in an accident, you should seek medical advice. This will not only allow you to be assessed and ensure the swiftest recuperation, but a medical report can also be exceptionally useful when making a personal injury claim. Such a report can show the full extent of your injuries, give an estimate of the recovery time and verify your account in the court of law.
When making a personal injury claim, we will require basic evidence of your accident such as details like where, when and how the incident occurred. However, our team of solicitors will work to try and build the strongest possible case, therefore, we may require other evidence to offer as much insight into your accident and injuries as possible. We will require evidence such as a copy or entry in the accident report book, photographic evidence, contact details of any witnesses that saw the accident, statements from said witnesses and any other details that could be used to show that you are entitled to the maximum amount of compensation.
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