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Boy awarded £24,000 after falling through school fence

A 14-year-old boy who fell through a fence at school has been awarded £24,000 compensation. The boy was eight at the time of the accident. He was knocked unconscious when he fell several feet through a gap in the fence that separated the upper and lower levels of the school playground. He suffered a fracture of the parietal bone and some bleeding on the brain. He was kept in hospital for six days and didn’t return to school for three weeks. He was unable to play sports for six months and had occasional nosebleeds for about a year after the incident.

After four years, a neurologist assessed the risk that he would develop epilepsy at 2.5% The boy’s family brought an action against the school saying it had breached the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999. The school admitted liability and agreed to an out-of-court settlement of £24,000 for the boy’s pain, suffering and loss of amenity. If you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation.

Please contact Lorraine Whitfield if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of personal injury law.