A PUPIL at a special school received a £15,000 payout from Essex County Council after a staff member threw a DVD case at his head.
The news comes just days after County Hall revealed it paid out £230,000 to a teacher in 2013 who ’slipped’ on a ketchup sachet, but received no injury.
The schoolboy received £15,197 from the authority after suffering a ’small cut to the eyebrow’ when a male staff member threw the object. The incident, which occurred on October 16, 2008, came to light in documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The compensation claim was settled in 2011.
The incident was contained in a list of compensation payouts by Essex County Council for injuries sustained in the county’s schools.
It was listed as, ’Injury to pupil due to thrown DVD case’. Documents did not reveal the name or location of the school.
Essex County Council claimed it did not know what the staff member’s job title was or whether they had been disciplined, but stated: "The member of staff was attempting to pass the DVD cover to the claimant but unintentionally threw it with more force than expected and it accidentally hit the claimant."
A spokesman added: "Liability was admitted immediately and negotiations took place concerning compensation."
The authority paid £6,750 in compensation, £7,900 for the claimant’s legal costs and £547 in NHS costs.
New figures reveal the authority paid out £1,047,630.49 in compensation to school employees between 2011 and 2013.