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Injuries to Children
Children can often be involved in accidents caused by somebody else’s negligence or through a lack of safety provision. If this has happened to your child, you are entitled to seek compensation by making a claim on their behalf.
JMW’s personal injury team are experienced in dealing with cases arising from injuries to children, so you can rest assured we will do everything we can to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible to help your child return to the quality of life they enjoyed before their injury.
To speak to a solicitor and make a claim for an accident involving your child, contact us today by calling 0800 054 6570, or fill in our online enquiry form and let us know a suitable time for us to call you back.
What Our Clients Say
When someone under the age of 18 has been involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault, it is up to a responsible person over 18 to make a claim on their behalf. This person, known as a ‘litigation friend’ in legal terms, is usually one of the child’s parents; however, grandparents and other relatives are also able to act on behalf of the child.
A claim can be made on a child’s behalf at any time after the accident until they reach 18 years old. Once a child turns 18, there is a three-year time limit in which to make a claim, and in the eyes of the of law the child is then entitled to make that claim themselves.
There are many accidents that a child can be involved in that could be caused by somebody else’s negligence. Some of the scenarios for which we have helped parents make claims include:
- School, college or nursery accidents.
- Accidents on school trips.
- Accidents involving defective products.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Road traffic accidents as pedestrians, passengers or cyclists.
- Accidents at a funfair or amusement park.
- Accidents on holiday.
- Food poisoning.
- Accidents in a public place.
Regardless of how your child has developed their illness or injury, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation on their behalf.
Our goal with any claim is to help restore your child to the position they were in before the accident, or as close to that position as possible. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to child injury claims, particularly as with more serious injuries it may take some time for the full impact of the accident to become clear.
A claim doesn’t just ensure that the child receives compensation for injuries, or financial assistance with costly medical expenses. It can also take into account a range of other issues, such as:
- Time parents/family members have taken off work.
- Time missed from school.
- Damaged clothing or personal possessions.
- Extra care required for your child.
We have the expertise and experience to deal with a claim and will make sure that the best possible result is achieved on behalf of an injured child. We will work with your child and family to understand the issues the injury has created so that an appropriate compensation award is achieved to support your child.
Our expert solicitors have the sensitivity and empathy needed to make sure that dealing with the claim is as stress-free as possible. If required, we will put you in touch with the appropriate medical and rehabilitation experts, as well as ensuring any potential educational issues are understood and care requirements are anticipated. We will also make sure that the final compensation award is reflective of what your child’s needs may be in the future.