Suffering a personal injury is a traumatic experience, but it is even worse when children are involved, especially when you are on your own. As a parent, it is your instinctive job to protect and care for your child; pursuing accident claims for children is a part of this, ensuring that your child is in some way compensated for their injuries, as well as hoping that your actions will result in future preventative measures.
Accident claims for children
As a parent, you are entitled to make a claim on behalf of your child if they have been involved in an accident due to somebody else’s negligence. A child is defined as any person under the age of 18 – unlike the rules for adults, you do not have a time limitation to make a claim, but once a child turns 18 they will have to claim within three years to remain eligible for compensation.
How do I make a claim on my child’s behalf?
To make accident claims for children, you as a parent will be appointed as a ‘litigation friend’, meaning that you are able to pursue compensation on their behalf, liaising with the relevant experts to reach a compensation agreement that is fair for your child and their specific circumstances.
Accident Advice Helpline has experience in handling accident claims for children across our sixteen years as a personal injury law firm. The accidents that children may be involved in include:
- Accidents involving animals
- A fall in a public place such as a playground
- An accident whilst in the care of a nursery or childminder
- A road traffic accident; as a passenger, pedestrian, or whilst riding a bike
Accident claims for children require sensitivity and a high level of legal expertise. Accident Advice Helpline has a highly trained team of advisers who will talk you through the process, take the details of your child’s accident, and match your child’s case with the legal help it deserves. As a dedicated law firm Accident Advice Helpline has a large staff of expert, in-house, lawyers who work on a no-win, no-fee basis. All of our legal experts are fully qualified solicitors with a huge range of experiences, including particular expertise with cases involving children.
As the litigation friend acting on behalf of your child, your child need not be involved in the accident claims process aside from possibly attending one medical assessment. This will ensure that your child does not have to re-live the accident, stirring up any unsettled feelings. Personal injuries are traumatic enough for adults; children certainly do not need any added strain in their lives throughout the claims process, which is why you are able to act on their behalf. As the ligitagtion friend, you will likely be able to process your child’s case entirely via the telephone, and in most cases you will not need to attend court.
Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: David Brown