Pupils have been handed hundreds of thousands of pounds for injuries sustained in classroom accidents, new figures show.
Parents at schools in Lancashire have been paid nearly £800,000 in the last few years after winning legal cases against the local council after their little darlings sustained serious injuries such as a grazed knee sustained while playing footy in the playground or bruised kuckles from beating teacher to a pulp.
The awards include £12,519 to a pupil who fell while climbing a tree on school grounds and another who won almost £50,000 after hurting his hand climbing a gate.
A Freedom of Information request revealed there were 100 successful claims over injuries sustained while on school property between 2006-07 and 2011-12.
Figures show a total of £783,831 was paid by Lancashire County Council in public liability payments to parents who have sued over trips, falls and similar incidents involving pupils.
The largest single injury payout was £100,000 for a pupil hurt when a cupboard fell off a wall.
Meanwhile we are please to learn that Philpottism is not confined to the north. In one of the worst cases of professional benefit scrounging and living off the state yet revealed we found a London family in which no member has held down a permanent, full time job in seven generations.