Pupils sue for injury at Sheffield school

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A three-year-old child who was assaulted by a pupil at a Sheffield school was the youngest person involved in compensation claims totalling nearly £30,000 in the last three years.

The attack, which left the victim with multiple physical injuries, led to the highest amount paid out by Sheffield Council for injuries at city schools.

Data obtained under The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign showed the youngster’s family received £7,250, after a legal claim.

Another assault on a 10-year-old last year left the child suffering psychological stress and resulted in a £1,000 payout.

School staff also claimed for injuries sustained.

Some were for defective equipment, and one male worker - whose fingers were trapped in a door by a child - received £2,750 in compensation for the assault.

In total, £27,845 was paid out to pupils and staff injured at Sheffield schools between 2010 and 2013.

Other pupils involved in injury compensation claims included a 13-year-old who sustained back and neck injuries following a fall down stairs while carrying a chair.

On that occasion the claim totalled £3,576.

And an eight-year-old who fell from a playground climbing frame ended up with a fractured right arm, resulting in a £5,334 claim.

The highest staff payout was to a female employee who was struck by a ‘falling object’.

She received £3,000 and it was ruled ‘defective premises’ had caused the injury to her back and shoulder.

Defective tools were also to blame when a missing bolt on a table caused it to collapse, injuring a female school worker’s forearm. She received £1,500.

A slip and fall by another woman resulted in injuries to her right arm and a £2,500 claim.

The smallest amount, £936.47, was paid to a woman who tripped and injured her ankle.

Details of the schools where the incidents happened were not released.