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North East personal injury payout figures revealed
It has been revealed that schools in the North East have paid out more than £660,000 in personal injury compensation claims over the past two years.
The figure includes accident claims made for a whole range of various reasons, including pupils who were injured by falling bookcases, children who were burnt by acid and children who had their fingers trapped in toilet cubicles.
Much of the money that has been paid out has been to settle compensation claims dating several years, and a Newcastle City Council spokesman explained, "This is because minors have until the age of 21 to make a claim, which means they can do so several years after they allege an incident took place."
Although the majority of personal injury compensation claims made against North East schools are completely genuine, there have been several examples of attempts to make fraudulent and immoral accident claims.
The Newcastle Council spokesman commented on this issue and said, "We vigorously defend any spurious claims made against the council and have an ongoing programme of carrying out risk assessments across all our schools, which should both protect our children and reduce the number of claims being made."
The largest personal injury compensation claim made against a school in the North East was for £46,000 and was launched after a secondary school pupil suffered arm injuries when using a drill during a technology lesson.