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£15,000 pay-off for pupil hit with hockey stick at Wolverhampton school

By Dayna Farrington | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

A council was hit with a £15,000 compensation bill after a child studying at one of its schools was injured when they were hit in the face with a hockey stick.

Wolverhampton Council has paid £52,441.53 in compensation over school injuries since November 2015

The family of the unknown child were awarded the money in March 2016 after the incident took place at a council-run school in the Wolverhampton area.

It was just one of seven compensation claims that Wolverhampton Council has been forced to deal during the last three years following accidents in schools.

Figures show the council has paid out £52,441.53, between November 2015 and August 2018, to the families or guardians of youngsters who were injured in different incidents at council-run schools.

The compensation figures have been revealed following a Freedom of Information request to the council about successful compensation claims for children injured in council-run schools in the last three years.

In the latest reported incident – which was settled in August – £4,059.13 was paid out after the student injured their fingers on an air raid shelter.

The council paid out another £15,000 in November 2016 to a family after a football goal collapsed onto a child.

There was also another successful claim for £8,046.65 when a pupil’s face was injured after they had collided with protruding bolts on a mobile basketball stand.

Another pupil got their finger trapped in a box at school and their family successfully claimed for £6,500 from the council earlier this year.

The council paid out a further £2,000 in November 2015 after a volleyball post base detached and struck a student’s foot, and then another £1,835.75 in June 2016 after a child got their finger trapped in a gate.

Wolverhampton Council did not reveal the names of the schools where the compensation claims were made.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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