When innocents are injured
When innocents are injured, and by “innocents” we mean children, it can be a particularly terrifying experience. Not only do you need to be concerned about the child, but you also have your own emotional response to worry about, especially if the innocents injured are your own children.
If your child has been injured in an accident, you may want to see if you can make a claim for compensation on their behalf. Why not contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more about where you both stand when it comes to seeking justice?
How to make a claim
When innocents are injured it is unlikely that they are going to be able to make a claim on their own. Young children cannot understand the nature of making a financial claim and therefore would not be expected to be able to answer the relevant questions required in order to start a formal legal process.
When innocents are injured, you effectively have two choices when it comes to making a claim.
- You can wait until the child in question reaches the age of adulthood (i.e. their 18th Birthday) and then they can make a claim in their own name, and in their own right. If you choose to do this, they will have up to three years after their 18th Birthday to make the claim.
- Alternatively you can make a claim on your child’s behalf and any money awarded in the form of compensation will be held in account for them until they reach adulthood (again, this would be their 18th Birthday).
What situation is right for you very much depends upon your circumstances. The best thing to do is speak to Accident Advice Helpline and discuss this in more detail.
For example, if your innocents are injured during childbirth and the impact of the injury means that they are going to require ongoing care, then it may be worth considering making a claim earlier, rather than later. Interim payments can be negotiated to help you cover the cost of any medical treatment and care that is likely to be required, rather than waiting 18 years to be able to access this money.
As we said, the best person to speak to is one of our expert advisers who will be able to provide you with all of the information that you need. Clinical negligence cases can be highly complex, but we have expert solicitors on our team, who can assist with any type of claim.
How much compensation?
The amount of compensation that can be due after innocents are injured varies, depending on the nature of the accident and the severity of resulting injuries. One way to get a good idea of how much your child’s claim may be worth is to take our 30-second test, which you can find right here on our website. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.