Are children entitled to expert legal help in Stockport
Children are entitled to expert legal help in Stockport, but technically speaking a child is not able to make an accident injury claim in Stockport in their own right. This is because making such a claim is a legal process and something that a minor is not able to do. There are many implications involved in such a process and someone under the age of 18 is not regarded as being able to fully understand and comprehend these.
However, legally speaking children are afforded the same rights that adults are in that they have the legal right to expect that they are not going to be injured by other people. Therefore if they are injured as a result of someone else’s actions or their negligence they do have the right to seek compensation.
This may seem like a contradiction but the simple fact is that a parent or guardian can make an accident injury claim on behalf of an injured child and access expert legal help in Stockport to do so. That way compensation is still sought, but the child is not doing it directly for themselves.
Litigation friend or waiting?
When it comes to seeking compensation for an accident that has occurred to a minor you have two options. Firstly you can appoint a litigation friend (i.e. a legal representative to make the claim on the child’s behalf) or you can wait until the child is old enough to claim in their own right.
There is no right or wrong approach when it comes to deciding which of these two options to take; however, depending on your circumstances it may be clear that one option is more beneficial than the other for you and your family. An experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitor will be able to advise you on the best solutions for you.
For example, if your child is left needing specialist care or equipment following their accident it may be worth starting a claim sooner rather than later. This means that you may be able to access compensation, or at least instalment payments to help cover the cost of such requirements. In turn this means that you are less likely to be left out of pocket.
Call us for advice
We know that making an accident injury claim in Stockport, regardless of the situation, is a daunting process. This is why we are on hand to offer all our callers and potential clients free, no obligation advice.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and we will talk you through your options.
Date Published: 29th April 2015
Author: David Brown