The number of teachers going to see a personal injury solicitor in the hope of getting compensated for injuries is on the rise, according to the NASUWT.
The teaching union says it has secured compensation to the tune of £12.6 million in the last 12 months for its members. This figure includes claims from teachers who have sustained a personal injury at work, as well as cases of discrimination, stress-related illness and assault.
One teacher received an award of £158,000 after slipping on some mud that had been left on a school floor. Another was awarded £74,689 after she suffered a nervous breakdown brought on when she was threatened by the parent of a special needs child.
The general secretary of the union, Chris Keates, explained that employers who flout health and safety regulations are costing the taxpayer millions in compensation awards. Behind each personal injury claim there is a person whose life will never be the same again.
It’s important that these people can claim recompense, but that is not always adequate compensation if the victim has suffered life-changing injuries.
The NUT has revealed that one of its largest settlements was an award of £222,215 to a teacher who sustained a brain injury at a special needs school. Another union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said its members had received around £800,000 personal injury compensation for work-related accidents.