14/08/2014 16:59 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

£15,000 Compensation For Boy Whose Eyebrow Was Cut By DVD Case Thrown By Teacher

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A schoolboy was awarded £15,197 in compensation after a teacher accidentally hit him on the head with a DVD case.

The boy suffered 'a small cut to the eyebrow' but was awarded the cash by the local council for personal injury.

The case was revealed following a Freedom of Information request by The Sun. It was one of eight payments Essex council made to pupils hurt between 2011 and 2013, totalling £65,586 of taxpayers' cash.

They included a child who got £16,812 after bashing his hip slipping on wet stairs. Another fell on an uneven path and got £10,509.

Last month it emerged the council paid £1.05million to 34 injured teachers in the same period - including £230,000 for one who slipped on a ketchup sachet.

Jonathan Isaby of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "Compo culture appears to be more common in the school yard than a grazed knee."

Essex County Council insisted it took safety seriously.