For most compensation cases, the time limit is three years from the date of the accident, or three years since the accident was first linked to a problem. Child claim time limits, however, are different. As children are not legally adults until their 18th birthday, the three year rule comes into effect from this time. In other words, to claim for an incident that happened when you were a child, the claim needs to be brought within three years of your 18th birthday.
Sometimes when a child is hurt in an accident, parents can be unsure as to whether they can claim for them or not. A parent or guardian is fully within their rights, however, to claim compensation for their child in relation to an incident in which they were injured. It is likely the circumstances will not only have affected your child, but also you, your family life, and your finances. Making a claim may provide your child with a nest egg, or give them a better standard of living in the shorter term.
Although child claim time limits are longer, it is still a good idea to act as quickly as possible after the incident. This ensures the events are still fresh in your mind and any receipts for financial losses or medical records are quite recent.
For details of how we can help, or to find out whether you have a case, please give one of our friendly team a call here at Accident Advice Helpline. We will ask a few easy questions and provide an answer within minutes. You can then decide whether or not you wish to proceed, without any pressure from us.
If you do go ahead with a claim, you will be known as a ‘litigation friend’. In practice this means the person who is pursuing a claim on behalf of a child. A ‘litigation friend’ has to be independent, with no involvement in the case, other than the claim. For example, if you were driving and had an accident during which your child was injured, you could not claim for the injury they received. The other parent, grandparent or family friend, however, would be able to act as a ‘litigation friend’ for your son or daughter instead. Remember, they would not be claiming from your personal funds, as you are fully covered by your motor insurance policy.
At Accident Advice Helpline we understand that accidents involving children are especially traumatic, and that it can be hard to deal with their fears and worries when you are also concerned. We are here to help you get the best for your child and a member of staff can explain the entire process for you.
Bear in mind that other than for medical assessments, children and their ‘litigation friend’ will have minimal involvement with the legal procedures. Furthermore, as we only work with experienced child injury solicitors, on a no win, no fee* basis, you have nothing to lose and your child could have plenty to gain.