Teachers receive large personal injury compensation payouts

UK teachers have received millions of pounds in personal injury compensation after suffering apersonal injury at work, according to the Times Educational Supplement.

Members of the NASUWT received £10.5 million while the Association of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers say its members got £5 million. Members of the NUT received awards of £2.5 million. The total payout of £23 million included money for unfair dismissals and assaults.

Among the individual awards was a £200,000 payout to a male teacher slipped on a grape and fell down some stairs. He was unable to work after the fall which aggravated an existing hernia injury. Another teacher who slipped on a grape and fractured a hip received a compensation payment of £20,000.

The largest reported personal injury claim for an accident at work occurred as a result of a teacher who tripped in a pothole in a school car park. His injuries were so severe that he needed to undergo surgery to his back and is now incapacitated. He received a personal injury compensation award of £292,795.

These figures show that schools have a blatant disregard for health and safety and careers are being irreparably damaged as a result, a spokesperson for the NASUWT said.

Although it may soon be possible to file personal injury claims online for amounts up to £50,000, it is always best to get advice from a personal injury solicitor before proceeding to take action.

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