Compensation of £220,000 has been paid out to pupils injured in school accidents in Essex.
The figure is reported by the East Anglian Daily Times after they made a Freedom of Information Request to Essex County Council (who are responsible for schools in the area). They state that £227,137 was paid out by the council from 2008 to 2010.
Noticeable reported claims include a payout of £23,580 to a child who was injured when they fell off monkey bars that were found to be defective. In a similar accident, another pupil caused a payout of £24,650 after they fell from climbing equipment. These figures include the legal costs as well as the compensation paid to the pupils.
The highest payout (£30,544) was made after a trip down stairs resulted in injury occurring. A slip on a wet floor also cost the council £27,780.
A spokesperson for the council told the paper that it takes its health, safety and wellbeing responsibilities seriously.
The spokesperson clearly stated that all claims were investigated thoroughly, with payments being awarded in cases where negligence has occurred.
The authority is responsible for over 500 schools in the area.