Cycling gives children the freedom to go where they want and play with their friends, plus it’s also pretty good exercise for them – well, it certainly beats spending all day in front of the latest games console. However the roads can be a dangerous place for young cyclists, and if your child or teenager has been injured whilst cycling, you may be wondering if you can claim compensation on their behalf.
Injuries to a young cyclist can occur in a variety of different situations. For example, your child could be crossing a busy road with their bike, riding on a road and failing to pay attention to traffic or turning when they are hit by another vehicle. Injuries to a young cyclist could include cuts and bruises, broken bones, grazes or worse, such as head injuries and bleeding on the brain. Some injuries could be life-threatening, and they may need to spend time in hospital until they recover.
If someone you love has been injured in a cycling accident, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation on their behalf, but don’t forget that there’s usually a three-year time limit in place to make a claim.
Claiming compensation on someone else’s behalf
Claims on behalf of a child or young adult are usually handled in the same way as a personal injury claim you make yourself. The first step is to contact a personal injury lawyer, who will assess your claim, and, if they believe it’s valid, will begin to gather evidence to support it. This process can take some time, but in most cases, it’s unlikely you will need to attend court, unless the other side denies liability for your child’s accident. The amount of compensation you’ll receive will take into account the severity of their injuries as well as the costs of any medical care they have required or will need in future.
Make a claim today
If you’re ready to make a claim (or even if you just need some more advice) then contact Accident Advice Helpline today. We are here 24/7 to take your call on 0800 689 0500 and offer confidential advice – there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. Whether your child has suffered minor injuries or life-threatening ones, we can help. Our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, recommends us for our excellent standards of customer service, and our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so you won’t have to worry about expensive upfront legal fees. Get in touch today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown