Can you make a claim if your child is injured at school?
To find out if you can make a claim for compensation when you child suffers a personal injury at school the best thing you can do is speak to a solicitor in Herne Bay directly. They will be able to discuss the individual details of your case and assess all the factors associated with it to determine whether or not you need to make a claim.
Alternatively you can take the Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second test to find out if you are likely to meet the eligibility to make a claim and we can then take your case from there.
How a compensation solicitor in Herne Bay can help
Making a claim for compensation on behalf of a minor (i.e. someone under the age of 18) can be a complicated process. In such a situation it is often beneficial to have an experienced legal professional fighting in your corner. This is why you should use the services of a compensation solicitor in Herne Bay.
For example, if your child is injured at school by another child, would you know how to proceed? You may find that the school does not want to accept responsibility – after all, accidents happen between children all the time and there was nothing the school could have done to prevent it. Assuming you know who the other child was that caused the injury you may want to approach the child’s parents. They are unlikely to be forthcoming with offering compensation and would argue that “accidents happen”.
If you use the services of a compensation solicitor in Herne Bay things may go a little differently.
Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help determine precisely who is responsible for the accident. Our solicitor in Herne Bay knows that it is not as simple as the school simply denying responsibility. They may regard themselves as not being responsible; however, according to the actual letter of the law, responsibility may well lie with them.
If the injury sustained to your child was inflicted, on purpose, by the other child, then it may well be the case that you could pursue a claim of compensation against them. Even if they are also a minor.
This is precisely why it is imperative that you seek the advice of a solicitor in Herne Bay to make sure that you are fully armed with the facts, rather than hearsay and the words of other people.
What happens to the compensation?
If your child is awarded compensation then this can be held in a trust for them until they reach the age of 18.
Alternatively, you may decide that it is best for them to pursue a claim on their own when they reach the right age. In which case they will have up to three years after their 18th Birthday in order to commence a claim.
Date Published: 3rd April 2014
Author: David Brown