Knee injuries in children aren’t exactly uncommon. Kids tend to have knockabout fun when they play, both indoors and outdoors. Occasionally, an injury will happen, although most of the time, that injury will be minor and amount to no more than a cut, scrape, graze or bruise.
With that said, some children end up with more serious knee injuries. For example, a heavy fall onto a knee can fracture the kneecap. This could be anything from a straightforward hairline fracture to a more serious impact that shatters the kneecap and leads to fragments of the kneecap separating from each other.
How do knee injuries in children happen?
Most are simple accidents, perhaps caused by the child not looking where they are going. We all know kids can lack a sense of awareness of their surroundings at times, mostly because they are having too much fun.
However, there have been cases (albeit quite rare ones) where kids have been hurt because of negligence. For instance, if a child is at school and they trip over by getting their foot caught in a pothole in the playground that should have been repaired, this likely wouldn’t be their fault. It’s a rare example, but it shows what might happen. Another example would be a knee injury suffered by a child who is knocked off their bike by a driver who wasn’t paying attention, or if they were a passenger in a car that was caught in an accident caused by someone else.
Is it possible to claim compensation for your child’s knee injury?
In most cases, you have three years from the date the accident occurred to claim compensation if any is due. However, if your child is under 18 at the time of the accident, the three-year period begins from the day they turn 18. So, even if they were hurt a while back, there could still be time to try and make a claim.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now to find out more on 0800 689 0500, or try 0333 500 0993 from your mobile if you wish. Our lawyers have dealt with claims relating to knee injuries in children in the past, so there could be a chance of making a no-win, no-fee claim on behalf of your child too. Get the answers you’ve been looking for by getting in touch now.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen