Child Accident Claims

Has your child suffered with a serious accident that required extensive medical treatment but wasn’t through a fault of their own? If so, you could be entitled to claim child injury compensation.

Here at 1Solicitors, we understand that when your child experiences a serious injury, it affects the entire family. Along with being extremely traumatic for the minor involved, parents feel heartbroken when their child is suffering through the negligence of another person.

That’s why we’re passionate about fighting, on your behalf, for successful child accident claims. With our patient approach and 24/7 legal support, we’re always here to help.

How are children’s accident claims classified?

Because children aren’t expected to understand the seriousness of many situations, you may be able to claim child injury compensation if the accident is only minor.

In order to determine the rate of child accident compensation that is awarded in each case, injuries are classified by the following effects:

  • Prolonged development: If your child’s mental, emotional or physical development has been affected by the injury.
  • Medical treatments: Including if your child has spent time in A&E or having medical treatments as a result of the accident.
  • Life-long conditions: If a medical professional has told you that the child will live with a condition, illness or pain that they didn’t have prior to the injury.

What are the causes of child personal injury claims?

As the range of serious injuries that your child could experience can vary extremely, there different causes of accidents that could occur.

Some of the most common include:

  • Injuries at school – the school will be liable for the accident as it is their responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of all children.
  • Injuries through a faulty product – the manufacturer will be liable.
  • Injuries in a park or public playground – your local council may be responsible as they’re obliged to upkeep these areas.
  • Injuries through road traffic accidents – in which the motorist is at fault.

If you don’t see the child injury claim listed here but you still think that somebody else is liable for the accident, there’s a high possibility that you could still make a claim!

Who can make child injury claims?

Parents or guardians, referred to as ‘litigation friends’ are able to make a children’s personal injury claim on behalf of a minor if they’re under the age of 16.

Alternatively, you’re able to wait until you turn 18 years old to claim for an injury you had as a child. You usually have three years from the day you turn 18 to make a personal injury claim for children.

How much child injury compensation will I receive?

The settlement fee that you receive from your child personal injury claim depends massively on the severity of the injury. We advise that you contact a specialist lawyer or use our online compensation calculator for a rough estimate on how much you are entitled to.

How long does a children’s accident claim take?

Because of the complications that can surround a serious case, your claim may not be resolved for a matter of months. However, you can rest assured knowing that when you’re using the skills of our team, we conduct a thorough investigation into your child injury claim in order to find the best route to claiming compensation.

Establishing liability for personal injury claims for children

When it comes to making child injury claims, you’ll only be entitled to compensation if the accident was a result of somebody else’s negligence.

However, as children’s accident claims can occur anywhere and at any time, you may struggle to find out who is liable for the injury. In that case, our specialist team of solicitors specialise in personal injury claims for children and wherever possible, will establish liability in order to make your case successful.

How much can you claim for child injury compensation?

When it comes to making a child accident claim, there are two types of compensation that your child may be awarded as a result of their injury. These are:

General damages

If you’re awarded general damage compensation for your child accident claim, this is to support the minor after the pain and suffering that they experienced after their injury.

Special damages

This type of child injury compensation covers expenses such as travel costs, rehabilitation fees and additional payments being made for private medical treatment or support, post-accident.

Making no-win, no-fee child accident claims

As part of our service when making child injury claims, we offer no-win, no-fee agreements. Also referred to as a CFA, this means that you won’t pay a penny if your case doesn’t result in some form of child accident compensation.

To begin your personal injury claims for children today, contact one of our team on 0330 053 7117 or request a callback online. With thousands of pounds being successfully awarded to children who’ve suffered devastating injuries through the negligence of somebody else, we’re confident that we can support you throughout your case, too.

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