Child Injury Claims
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 through negligence, as their parent or guardian you are allowed to make a personal injury claim for compensation for their injuries.
Children can be injured in much the same situations as adults. These can include:
- Road traffic accident
- Cycling accident
- Using a dangerous product
- Aviation accident or plane crash
- Criminal assault
- Rail accident
Children can even be involved in an accident at work if they are an older child but have not reached 18 years of age when the work accident or industrial disease occurs.
As the parent or guardian of an injured child you can make a personal injury claim on their behalf or you can wait until they are 18 and they can pursue the claim themselves.
Once a child has turned 18 they have 3 years to pursue a claim for compensation if their parent or guardian has not already done so.
We may also be able to help you if your child has been injured as the result of medical or clinical negligence. This could be for an injury they sustained during their birth or for negligent medical treatment they have received as a patient in a GP's surgery or hospital. Some of the most common clinical negligence cases we deal with for babies and children involve cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy.
A parent or guardian making a claim for compensation on behalf of an injured child (minor) is referred to as their 'litigation friend'. The litigation friend has to be independent; therefore if a parent was to blame for the accident sustained by the child, they cannot act as their litigation friend.
Specialist child accident solicitors
We are one of the country’s leading personal injury practices and our personal injury team are experts in child accident and injury claims.
We have expertise in dealing with children’s claims and we act on a 'no win, no fee' basis. Our personal injury lawyers are members of the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors and the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.
It is important that you choose the right lawyers to handle your child's case and essential to select one that has considerable experience in dealing with children's claims. We help parents of children who have suffered an injury to ascertain whether there may be a claim for compensation. We offer parents sensible and realistic advice about their legal rights and the best way to seek redress for their child.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
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