Accidents in Leicestershire schools have resulted in compensation claims totalling £205,000.
The claims are reported by the Leicester Mercury as having taken place during the last five years. All the claims were made against either the Leicester City Council or Leicestershire County Council after incidents in schools resulted in injury.
The paper made a Freedom of Information Request and found that Leicestershire County Council paid out £129,244 in compensation during this period. Leicester City Council meanwhile paid out £75,600 during the same time frame.
Notable cases include that of a pupil who was awarded over £17,000 after a fall on school property. In fact, it is reported that many of the claims were made after children suffered injury in slips and falls.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire County Council stated that they only pay compensation in cases where they are legally liable. They also highlighted that there are 90,000 school pupils in the area, meaning that the figures equate to around 30p per pupil per year.
A compensation settlement of £12,500 has already been paid out by Leicester City Council during this current academic year. This was after a pupil was injured by tripping up during a lesson.