£24,000 awarded following playground accident

The male claimant was awarded £24,000 in a playground accident compensation claim for pain and suffering and loss of amenity for injuries sustained in a playground accident whilst at school.

Accident circumstances

The claimant was aged 8 at the time of the accident and 14 at the date of trial. He suffered injury when he fell through a gap in some fencing at school. He fell from the upper to the lower playground and was knocked unconscious.

Details of injury

The claimant suffered considerable pain to his head but there was no external bleeding. On attending hospital he was diagnosed as having suffered an undisplaced fracture of the parietal bone and some bleeding on the brain.

He remained in hospital for six days and after being discharged he was kept off school for three weeks. When he did return to school it was initially only on a part-time basis. He played no sports for around six months but returned to them after that time.

He did not experience any back or neck pain and did not suffer with any blackouts or fits. He did, however, complain of an occasional "squishing" in his head for several months as well as a high pitched noise in his ear. This was occasional for two years but experts could not verify the symptoms. He also experienced occasional nose bleeds for around a year following the accident.

The claimant had made a good recovery from his head injury within a month of the accident. When he was assessed two and a half years later all tests were shown to be normal. A further MRI four and a half years after the accident revealed no abnormalities. His lifetime risk of epilepsy was assessed at 2.5%.

Conclusion and Settlement

Liability was admitted by the defendant and an out of Court settlement of £24,000 in respect of damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity was approved at a Child Settlement Approval Hearing.

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