Accidents involving children can have a devastating effect on family life, with an estimated two million children under the age of 15 experiencing an accident in and around the home every year.* The most common accidents involving children in the home are falls (accounting for 44% of all children’s accidents) and scalds and burns . Older children are also more likely to sustain a fracture, with the most serious accidents happening in the kitchen or on stairs. Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for children and young people aged between 5-29 years. We answer the most commonly asked questions by parents/guardians claiming compensation on behalf of a child.
At Alma Law, we have over 20 years-experience of handling personal injury claims involving children and we are sensitive to the needs of both the child and the parents/guardians. In most cases, compensation can be claimed for the pain and suffering to the child, the long-term costs of treatment, care, and rehabilitation. In cases of serious injury, compensation can also cover the costs of moving or adapting the family home to make it accessible for a child with severe life-changing injuries to return to.
Yes, if your child is injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, a parent or guardian will make the claim on the child’s behalf. Although the rules around child Claimants are different compared to adults, it can be critical that the claim is started on their behalf as soon as possible after the accident happened. If not, the child can, upon reaching majority age of 18, pursue their case and either settle it or, start court proceedings before they reach their 21st birthday. If the claim is successful and an amount of compensation is agreed between the parties, a Judge must consider and approve the settlement. No settlement involving a child is valid without the approval of the court. The process is reasonably straightforward. Your solicitor will arrange to issue an application on the child’s behalf and unless the claim is of a significant value, which means it could be in the High Court in London, it is usually heard before a Judge at a High or County Court local to you. The parent or guardian, sometimes the child, and a Barrister or your solicitor will attend the hearing, which generally are quite short and relatively informal. If the agreed settlement is approved, the party who has caused the accident will pay the damages into court. Some may be paid to the parent or guardian right away but most of the damages will be invested by the court service until the child reaches 18, when it will be paid out to them. If you think you or your child may have a claim, please do not hesitate to contact us for a no obligation discussion. 01264 355477 firstname.lastname@example.org Our Mission Is You. *ROSPA +RCPCH  Assumes they have the mental capacity to do so
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