Margaret McErlean told the Belfast Telegraph that she would have settled for a “fraction of the maximum scale amount” if her personal injuries claim against her school had been upheld on Monday.
The teacher, who had worked at St Bride’s Primary in south Belfast for more than 20 years, slipped and broke her arm in December 2010 in icy conditions while accompanying schoolchildren on a walk. As a result of her injuries she was unable to work for several weeks.
She and several other teachers were required to walk a group of 50 pupils along Windsor Avenue to a nearby church for a Nativity play practice.
Ms McErlean claimed her employer was negligent. However, a High Court judge ruled that the school was not guilty of negligence, nor was in breach of its statutory duties.