SOLVING PERSONAL LEGAL MATTERS
Children regularly get themselves into accidents; it's a normal part of childhood for most. However, there are times when a child is in an accident because of someone else's negligence or because the proper safety measures were not in place; if this is the case, you may be able to make a compensation claim on behalf of your child.
At Forbes Solicitors, we understand that your child is your top priority and our children's accident solicitors will help you get the compensation you and your family need, so you can access the support and pay for any rehabilitation you require. If your child has been in an accident due to negligence then contact our expert solicitors for a FREE initial consultation today, on 0800 689 0973 or message us here.
As a parent or guardian, you can make a personal injury claim for your child (or baby) if they have been injured in an accident or due to negligence. You can claim personal injury compensation on their behalf or they can wait until they are 18 to claim themselves.
Our experienced solicitors can help you if your child has suffered an injury in an accident that was not their fault. Types of accident children can be injured in include:
When making a claim on behalf of a child, a responsible adult, generally a parent or guardian, will need to become the child's 'litigation friend' and they will instruct a solicitor and make decisions on behalf of the child. In personal injury claims that involve a child, they have up until their 21st Birthday to make a claim. Once a child turns 18, they can pursue the claim themselves.
If you are not sure if you have a valid claim, contact us for a free initial consultation and we can help ascertain if you have a case. Call us on 0800 689 0973.
Our child personal injury claims team are experts in their field and know how stressful it can be when your child is hurt. While compensation won't change what happened, it can help to pay for medical or rehabilitation treatment that is not available on the NHS, home tutors and any household adaptations needed after the accident. How much compensation you will get will depend on your individual case and will take several factors into account, such as:
If you have had to take time off work or had to give-up work to care for your child because of their accident, this loss of earnings can be included in any compensation calculations. At Forbes Solicitors, we understand that dealing with the consequences of your child's injury can be worrying and stressful; this is why our child accident solicitors are here to help you with every step of the claims process. For many child accident claims, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis; this means there is little financial risk to you and it also offers those who may not be able to afford legal representation a way of getting justice. Contact our child accident solicitors today on 0800 689 0973.
If your child has been in an accident that wasn't their fault and you wish to claim compensation, one of the most important things you need to do is gather as much evidence as possible. While at the time of the accident, documenting the situation maybe the last thing on your mind, here is what we recommend doing, so you have the strongest possible evidence to support your case.
When it comes to personal injury claims, ensuring you have as much evidence as possible is important to a successful case. We will, of course, help you to gather the evidence you need and ensure your child is seen by an independent medical expert to assess their injuries and what treatment they will need, now and in the future.
A claim by a child is usually brought in their name by a responsible adult, typically the child's parent or guardian. When an adult acts on behalf of a minor in a child injury claim, they are known as a 'litigation friend.' They will instruct the solicitor and make decisions on the child's behalf.
Anyone can be appointed by the Court to be a litigation friend and they will always check if you're a suitable candidate, by ensuring that your interests do not conflict with the child's and that you can make important decisions in a fair and competent way. Generally, litigation friends are:
When it comes to child injury claims, the role of a litigation friend is to act on behalf of the claimant and take important decisions on their behalf - decisions that might affect their future. A litigation friend will be expected to:
A litigation friend will continue in their role until either the child turns 18 or when the claim is resolved.
Yes, you can claim if your child has been in a car accident that was not your or their fault. As their parent or guardian, you can make a personal injury claim on their behalf or when your child turns 18 years old, they will have three years to pursue the claim themselves if they choose to.
It is highly unlikely that your child will have to attend Court in a children's personal injury claim. However, your child will probably have to attend an infant approval hearing if an offer is made and it is accepted along with their 'litigation friend' and their solicitor. This usually takes place in private in the Judge's chamber, which is more like an office than a Court. If your child does need to attend Court, we will guide you every step of the way.
When a child is awarded compensation for a personal injury claim, the money will be paid to the Court and invested on behalf of the child, or the Court may order the money to be paid into an investment account until they reach the age of 18. Once the child is 18 years old, the compensation plus the interest is paid directly to the child. Occasionally, in cases with small amounts of compensation, the money may be paid to the parent or guardian, but all parties must agree to this.
It is usually possible to get some money paid out earlier than this if it is required for the benefit of the child, for example, to support the child's education or to pay for medical treatment. However, any early payments are at the discretion of the Judge.
Depending on the case and whether the child is ever likely to have mental capacity, it is possible for our solicitors to act as a Court Appointed Deputy and help look after the compensation amount awarded, especially if this sum is substantial. At Forbes Solicitors, we have been appointed Court Deputies for a number of our clients - especially in cases such as medical negligence.
Child injury claim- medical negligence case study
Leona suffered brain damage from a complicated birth that was due to medical negligence. She was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Leona's mother, Angela, contacted Forbes Solicitors to find out whether she had a claim. We successfully secured Leona and her family a large amount of compensation that helped cover the cost of her care for a lifetime. Since the case was settled, we have continued to work as a Court Appointed Deputy to oversee the use of funds in the right way.
The compensation awarded has meant that Leona's family can have help from a carer, that they were able to buy a suitable property that can accommodate Leona's care needs, and which has enabled them to spend meaningful time together as a family.
If your child has been in an accident that was not their fault, contact our expert child accident solicitors today on 0800 037 4625.