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Child Whiplash Claims
If your child has been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and suffered whiplash, they are entitled to claim compensation for their injuries. JMW’s expert team of personal injury solicitors can help you to make a claim for compensation on their behalf.
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Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement that causes the head and neck to move forcefully, resulting in damage to soft tissue and ligaments. Signs of the condition are not always immediately apparent and symptoms can be subtle, making it difficult for children to understand the significance of their injuries.
Most commonly, whiplash is caused by road traffic accidents, when the force of a collision causes a child’s head and neck to move aggressively forwards or backwards. However, whiplash can also occur as a result of fairground rides, sports injuries and slips, trips and falls.
We have years of experience in dealing with whiplash claims, so making a claim with us is very straightforward. Our solicitors will pull together evidence, witness accounts and medical reports to give you the best chance of winning compensation for your child’s injuries.
The compensation received can go some way to helping your child make a full recovery from their injuries. It can be used to pay for any medical treatment, rehabilitation and transport costs, as well as the time you have had to take off work to care for them.
What are the symptoms of whiplash in a child?
Symptoms of whiplash, in both adults and children, do not usually present themselves immediately after an accident and can take up to a couple of days to appear. The most common symptoms include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Restricted movement
- Lack of concentration
For children, especially babies and toddlers, it may be difficult for them to let you know if they are suffering, so you should look out for changes in their behaviour, mood and sleeping habits. If you suspect your child has whiplash, you should take them to your GP or local walk-in centre as soon as possible. This will ensure they receive the right treatment for their injury before it worsens.
How much compensation is my child likely to receive for whiplash?
The average amount of compensation a child with whiplash receives will depend on the severity of the injury they sustained. Our solicitors will be able to give you an accurate idea of how much you could claim.
How long does a child have to make a claim?
Personal injury claims for children differ from adult claims because an appropriate adult, such as a parent or guardian, is able to make a claim on behalf of a child up to the age of 18.
Once the child reaches 18 years old, they then have three years to make a claim for an accident. However, the sooner a claim can be made, the better your chances of success will be, as evidence may be more accessible and the incident will be fresher in the minds of any witnesses.