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Tens of millions of pounds paid out to teachers in personal injury and discrimination cases

By z4027672030, Mar 30 2016 02:36PM

New figures released by teachers’ unions have shown that tens of millions of pounds were paid out to teachers last year who suffered from personal injuries and discrimination in their line of work.

NASUWT said that a total of over £16 million was secured for their members from their employers over the last 12 months, with some receiving six-figure sums. The largest was paid out to a 59-year-old teacher from London, who received £185,000 after slipping a disc in her back when she was knocked to the ground twice in a week by pupils.

In another case, a 55-year-old member of teaching staff from North Wales was awarded £100,000 after banging his head on a concrete floor when his chair collapsed and the chair was found to have three bolts missing. Another in the north-west of England received £55,000 after slipping on a tear in the lino in her science classroom, later being diagnosed with chronic back syndrome.

The union’s general secretary Chris Keates said that many of these injuries and pay-outs could be avoided if employers followed better health and safety practices. She said: “The consequence of negligence is careers, lives and health blighted and millions of pounds of public money spent in compensation.

"Employers flout the law, but it's the teachers and the taxpayers who pay the price.

"While compensation is important, it can never make up for the fact that teachers suffer permanent physical and mental injury and often cannot continue in their chosen career."

While another teachers’ union, the NUT, keeps its overall compensation figures private, they reported on two personal injury pay-outs awarded to its members last year. The first was a £46,000 pay-out to a teacher who suffered from “severe psychological injury” after a “sustained campaign of bullying and harassment by senior leadership". The second was awarded £4,500 for fracturing a finger on a defective doorknob, which led to long-term pain and a deformity.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) also followed suit and revealed that it had secured almost £900,000 for injured members and their families.

If you’ve suffered from an injury in your workplace and believe that your employer was to blame, you may be able to seek compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Get in touch with Taylors Solicitors today for a free initial consultation.

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