The father of a primary school pupil is seeking GBP 2.5 million in injury compensation from his local education authority after his son lost his sight in one eye.
In April 2003, Thomas Brown was knocked from behind onto a classmate’s paintbrush at Ladywell Primary School in Motherwell, piercing his left eye and leaving him with permanent disabilities.
As well as being left blind in one eye, Thomas, now 17, has significant cognitive impairments that will affect his chances of being able to live independently in the future.
Lynn Stirrat, one of the teachers supervising the children at the time, commented: "We thought we had minimised risk.
"We had no reason to imagine something as horrible as what happened."
The news follows reports in the Daily Gazette that classroom assistant Yvonne Macklin has been awarded a "substantial" injury compensation sum after she suffered a slipped disc while carrying a heavy box.