The United Nations sets the age for child accident claims
The United Nations under its convention on the rights of the child defines that any human being who has not reached the age of 18 can be defined as a child and in doing so has set a precedent for child accident claims for workplace injuries.
Children in the UK are governed by strict rules as to when they can and cannot start work and how much work they can do and when they can start work. These rules and regulations govern the law around child accident claims and they can affect if you if you are considering making successful child accident claims.
There is a huge responsibility on employers to provide every employee and this includes children.
So what are the rules for making successful child accident claims?
- A child can only work part time when they are over 13 years of age (unless they work in television, theatre, or modelling and if they do work in these areas they must obtain a license)
- A child cannot start work full time until the last Friday of June of the academic year they turn 16 years old.
Young workers from 16-18 years old are often paid less on the basis that they are in-experienced and will often be being trained. Sadly many of them do not receive the training they should and this can lead to accidents at work. Often young workers are placed into fairly dangerous situations and often receive injuries as a result.
The United Nations, in defining the official age of a person to be recognised as a child, gives a solid foundation for child accident claims in the workplace and within all other compensation claims as well.
Companies like Accident Advice Helpline work with individuals making successful child accident claims to ensure that they receive the correct compensation that is due to them. Under normal circumstances compensation claims can only be claimed up to three years after the accident, with children this is different. Whether the parent or guardian is making a claim on behalf of the child a claim can be made until the child is 18 years old. Once the child reaches 18 they have three years themselves to make a claim for accident compensation, if their parent or guardian did not claim on their behalf.
Making successful child accident claims
Accident Advice Helpline has many legal partners who work with them to provide them with the expert knowledge they need in child accident claims. If the child has been injured in a workplace, then the friendly professional advice they will receive from our lawyers can make the difference between receiving compensation or not. Any child injured in an accident may have cause to start a compensation claim. Child accident claims need not be limited to workplace accidents they may be able to claim for road traffic accidents, cycling accidents, or they may be able to claim for injuries they have received whilst out in a public place if negligence can be proved.
Make successful child accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 10th January 2013
Author: David Brown