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.
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.
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.
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 may need to attend an infant approval hearing 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.