A teacher won 200,000 pounds in compensation from the British Government last year after slipping on a grape which was left on a stairwell. He was awarded the six-figure sum after aggravated an existing hernia problem as he fell. He was eventually unable to work because of chronic pain, reports the Daily Mail. Overall more than 20million pounds were paid to teachers last year, figures have revealed. Compensation was awarded for slips, trips, criminal damage and unfair dismissals. In the biggest claim, a teacher confronted by a pupil wielding a one-metre ruler was awarded 459,000 pounds. The youngster spun round and pushed the teacher on to a filing cabinet, which had handles sticking out, as she tried to restrain him after he had been threatening classmates. The worker severely injured her back and, despite an operation, her condition deteriorated and she became wheelchair-bound.