Every year children are injured in accidents, often through no fault of their own. If your child or baby has been injured in an accident or because of negligence, as their parent or guardian you can make a personal injury claim for compensation on their behalf. They can also wait until they are 18 and claim for themselves.
Children can be injured in much the same way as adults, including:
- Road traffic accident
- Cycling accident
- Using a dangerous product
- Aviation accident or plane crash
- Criminal assault
- Rail accident
Older children can claim for an accident at work if they are under 18 when the work accident or industrial disease occurs.
Once a child turns 18, they have three years to pursue a claim, if their parent or guardian has not already done so.
We can also help with injuries caused by medical or clinical negligence by hospital staff and GPs, including injuries sustained during birth. Most of our clinical negligence cases for babies and children involve cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy.
A parent or guardian making a claim for compensation on behalf of an injured child (minor) is known as their litigation friend. This person must be independent, meaning if a parent is to blame for the accident sustained by the child, they cannot act as the child's litigation friend.
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We are one of the UK's leading personal injury practices and our personal injury team is expert in child accident and injury claims. We act on a No win, No fee basis.
Our personal injury lawyers are members of the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors (APIL) and the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.
It is vital to choose the right lawyer with the expertise to handle your child's case. Speak to any of the team for sensible and realistic advice about your legal rights and the best way to seek redress for your child.
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