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University Injury Compensation

Is my son able to make a university injury compensation claim if he slipped on the polished steps of a university building and fractured his arm?

Question:

Is my son able to make a university injury compensation claim if he slipped on the polished steps of a university building and fractured his arm?

Answer:

If a university fails in its duty of care to the students who study in them, to the staff who teach in them and to all other visitors to the university campus, then they become the liable party in a university injury compensation claim. However, in this case, it has to be shown that the university was negligent by failing to erect warning signs of the potential hazard or by not sealing the area off after wet or icy weather.

Your son, or a solicitor pursuing a university injury compensation claim on his behalf, will need to prove that his injury could have been avoided if the university had been more diligent in their approach to student safety and provide evidence that the steps were indeed in a hazardous condition – usually by taking statements from fellow students who witnessed the accident or who are aware of similar accidents occurring at the site.

As well as seeking immediate medical attention, your son should also have reported his injury to the university administrator, who may in turn have alerted the university´s public liability insurance company of a potential university injury compensation claim. In this case, you or your son may be approached directly by the insurance company with an early offer of settlement.

It is in your best interests to have your son´s claim for university injury compensation assessed by a personal injury solicitor to determine the level of negligence attributable to the university and to establish how much compensation your son is entitled to receive for his injuries. In this way, you will be able to judge whether the insurance company´s offer represents a fair and adequate settlement, or whether it is worth your while to pursue a more suitable level of university injury compensation through negotiation or litigation.