Have you ever suffered from a sprained ankle? It’s a painful injury and one that takes time to properly heal. A sprained ankle in a child is perhaps harder to deal with, since they may not cope with the pain as easily. If this was your child, you might wonder how it happened and whether it could reasonably have been prevented. Sometimes, no one is at fault for an accident, but this isn’t always the case.
Some people do ask whether they could make a claim on behalf of their child, in instances where the child was not at fault for the sprain and someone else was clearly negligent. The age of the injured person is not an issue when it comes to a claim. The most important thing is the issue of negligence. Could someone else have prevented the accident if they had not been negligent, and is there evidence of this?
Parent or guardian
The parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 can make a claim for compensation on that child’s behalf. The other thing worth noting is that the typical three-year period that applies to adults making claims for injuries only applies to injuries experienced by a child when that child reaches 18. The three-year period then applies, just as it does to other adults.
This means you could still claim for an injury your child suffered from even if several years have passed since they had that injury.
Are you thinking of claiming compensation for a sprained ankle in a child?
If you are considering claiming for a sprained ankle injury on behalf of your child, the best thing to do initially is to get some expert legal advice. This doesn’t cost a penny when you speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline, since our initial advice is given with no obligation and no strings attached.
If you can claim, our lawyers can accept the case on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means you’re not going to incur any financial risks when accepting the offer to see what you could receive on your child’s behalf. All you need to do is to call our team now on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, instead). When you do, you’ll be closer to getting the advice you need.
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Author: Rob Steen