You may be aware that you can claim compensation for your injuries if they were caused in an accident that was not your fault. However, many people are not so sure about claiming compensation for non accidental injuries in children. They worry about whether it is possible and don’t know how to go about it. Some of the questions that people frequently ask Accident Advice Helpline – a compensation provider – about non accidental injuries in children are given here.
Non accidental injuries in children – FAQs
Can you claim for compensation non accidental injuries in children?
The simple answer is yes you can if they have been injured in an accident or incident that was someone else’s fault. You, as the parent or guardian, make the claim on behalf of the child. Accident Advice Helpline can allocate you a personal injury lawyer with particular expertise and experience in this type of claim.
What sort of accident can we claim for?
Children get injured in very similar accidents to adults. They can be injured when they are a:
- Passenger involved in a car accident
- Cyclist involved in a road traffic accident
- Pedestrian involved in a road traffic accident
- Consumer hurt by a faulty product
- Passenger in a lift or escalator
- Visitor to a funfair or theme park
- Pupil at school, nursery or college
- Customer in a shop, restaurant or café
Many teenagers also work at weekends or in the evenings and so they can be injured in workplaces in exactly the same ways as adults.
How do you start a claim for non accidental injuries in children?
Start by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. They have a unique 30 second test which you will be able to take on behalf of your child. You provide details of the accident and the injuries that your child has. It then takes just half a minute to indicate if the claim is likely to be successful. You then make the decision about whether to go ahead with your child’s claim.
Will my child have to appear in court?
The majority of claims for compensation involving both children and adults are dealt with by telephone and it is unlikely that your child will have to appear in court. There may be one medical appointment to attend during which a doctor will complete a medical assessment report on your child injuries.
What is my role in the claims process?
Your role will vary depending on the age of the child. There will be a lot of information that you will have to supply to the personal injury lawyer. This will be the details about the accident, the injury and the medical appointments that your child has had to attend. Older children and teenagers may be able to recall and record this information themselves. Younger children will need you to do this for them.
To discuss your child’s claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 12th March 2013
Author: David Brown