Posted: April 17th, 2011
A report published in the Times Educational Supplement has revealed that over 20 million pounds was paid out to teachers in teacher injury compensation last year.
Statistics gathered from the four major teaching unions showed that hundreds of teachers claimed compensation for personal injury, criminal attack and as part of a severance package. As the report included only details of the largest compensation claims, it is feared that the final figure could be significantly higher.
Among the main cases highlighted in the Times Education Supplement:-
A teacher, who fell on a grape which had been left on a stairwell, was awarded 200,000 pounds for the aggravation of an existing hernia condition which left him unable to work and in chronic pain. It was claimed that the school was aware of a littering problem, but had failed to deal with it.
In a similar action, a teacher slipped on a grape and fractured her hip. After taking legal advice, she sued the school for failing to operate a proper system of cleaning the floor after lunchtime breaks, and was awarded 20,000 pounds.
A primary school head teacher was awarded 407,000 pounds for psychological injuries which were attributed to the treatment she received from the school governors, and a teacher at a residential boys’ school was awarded over 426,000 pounds after sustaining severe breathing difficulties after being sprayed with an aerosol by a pupil.
The biggest individual teacher injury compensation settlement was paid to a female teacher in London, who was pushed backwards onto a filing cabinet by a misbehaving student. The teacher was confined to a wheelchair because of her injuries and received a total compensation package amounting to 459,000 pounds.
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