Thousands of pounds have been shelled out in payouts to pupils hurt in Hyndburn schools, it has been revealed.
An investigation by the Observer shows more than £30,000 has been awarded to local education authority-run primary and secondary school pupils.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed four successful compensation requests were made over the past two years.
The largest payout saw one pupil receive £12,550 after slipping from a swing bar and severely injuring an arm.
The payouts have been branded ‘ridiculous’ by one county councillor who claimed it’s symptomatic of a ‘growing claims culture’. Another student was awarded £11,400 after slipping on some outside PE equipment and damaging their front teeth.
More than £8,000 was awarded to a pupil who fell off a wall and fractured both arms, while another received £1,800 after a door slammed in their face resulting in a broken nose and continued respiratory problems.
All compensation claims were paid out by Lancashire County Council. County Councillor and former teacher Peter Britcliffe said: "You do wonder where it’s going to end. We will all be sitting in sterile rooms unable to move.
"It’s just actually becoming ridiculous." Peter Dugdale, a partner at Forbes Solicitors in Accrington, said: "Often schools, when incidents have been brought to their attention, have quickly accepted responsibility and taken steps to avoid recurrence and danger to others which must be a good thing.
"Just to highlight a few cases without considering the overall picture and to try and criticise parents and use them to argue there’s now a claim culture is selective and doesn’t represent a balanced view."
County Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, said: "In a county with over 11,000 teachers and about 190,000 school-age children, it is inevitable that there will be some incidents resulting in injuries, thankfully mostly minor."