Making a claim for school accidents in Ashfield
Everyone has a right to be safe, and this applies to children as much as adults. As parents we always do all we can to make sure that our children are not exposed to risk, but sometimes this is completely out of our hands.
If your child has been involved in an accident perhaps at school or whilst out and about then they may be entitled to seek compensation by making a claim for school accidents in Ashfield.
However, it is important to note that anyone under the age of 18 is unable to make a claim in their own right. This then leaves you with two options when it comes to seeking compensation for a minor.
The first option is to appointment someone (usually a parent or guardian) to act as a litigation friend on behalf of the child. This means that they will be the person who brings the claim, although any compensation secured will be held in trust until the child in question reaches the age of 18.
An alternative option is to simply wait until the child is old enough to make a claim in their own right. Although a claim for school accidents in Ashfield must usually be made within three years of the date of the accident, this is not the case when it comes to minors. Instead, claims must be made within three years of when the minor reaches the age of maturity (i.e. when they turn 18).
What is your best option?
It can be difficult deciding what is likely to be the best option for you, your family and more importantly your child. This is where the team at Accident Advice Helpline can come in. You can get in touch with us to discuss what might be the best course of action for your specific situation.
If your child has not been seriously injured, and is likely to make a full and relatively speedy recovery from any after effects of their accident then it may well be worth waiting until they are old enough to claim on their own.
However, they may require extensive treatment, or adaptations may need to be made to accommodate a disability. Such things may well cost lots of money, and this might be money that you do not have to hand. Starting a claim whilst the child is still a minor could give you access to funds more immediately than waiting until they are old enough to do it themselves.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today to find out more and get advice relevant to your situation.
Date Published: 20th May 2015
Author: David Brown