Compensation for children in Stoke-on-Trent
As parents, we accept a covenant to keep our children safe and guarded from harm. Therefore, when an accident happens we not only feel the guilt ourselves but also want justice for our children.
In the event that the poor care or negligence of another person caused an accident to your child then as their parent or legal guardian then you have the right to make a compensation claim on their behalf. Read on to find out more about compensation for children in Stoke-on-Trent.
Accidents to Children
The willingness of children to explore their surroundings, coupled with a lack of fear and often a lack of balance means that accidents and injuries to children are sadly very common. Although there is no suggestion that a compensation claim in Stoke on Trent should be sought every time a child falls down, there are certain situations where the behaviour or actions of another person may have contributed to or been responsible for the accident in question.
Such situations might include:
- Car accidents
- Falling due to unsafe equipment
- Accidents at school as a result of unsafe equipment or negligence on the part of teachers or supervisory staff
- Accidents during games and sports lessons
- Slips and trips in public places due to un-highlighted hazards
A compensation claim in Stoke on Trent may be brought because of the breach of a duty of care by another person. A duty of care is a legal obligation which a driver, the owner or manager of a public building or place, or a teacher is given as part of their duties.
Although the specific nature of the duty of care will vary from person to person and depend upon the environment involved, the basis of the duty remains the same: that the person involved will take reasonable care to protect and guard the life and safety of anyone in their care or who may be injured as a result of their actions. For a driver this could be any other road user or pedestrian whilst a teacher has a duty of care to the pupils in their class or school.
Because the duty of care is a legal obligation, a breach in the duty is also a legal matter. It can give the person who may have been hurt or injured as a result of the breach the right to make a compensation claim.
Making a Compensation Claim
English law states that a person under the age of 18 must be represented in all legal matters. Therefore, in order to make a compensation claim in Stoke on Trent for the injury your child suffered, you must make the claim on their behalf.
Accident Advice Helpline has extensive experience in personal accident claims for a variety of injuries. Our 30 second test could quickly establish the validity of your child’s claim and we could help you to obtain the compensation your child deserves. We can help with compensation for children in Stoke-on-Trent.
Date Published: 21st August 2013
Author: David Brown