Has your child been involved in an accident and suffered an injury? You may be confused as to whether or not a minor can claim compensation. Short answer is yes, but the nitty gritty details are the responsibility of the parent or guardian. If you are a parent or guardian of a child who has been in an accident and it wasn’t your fault – give us a call now so that we can get to work on the compensation you deserve.
How does a child accident claim work?
A child accident claim works the same way as a regular personal injury claim. We discover the liability, asses the financial damage the injury has cost and follow up to get the maximum compensation. The only difference is we will need a parent or guardian to “be in charge” of the claim rather than that child, for obvious reasons. A child can’t make a claim but you can on their behalf.
How does the compensation work? Who gets the money?
The money is usually awarded to a special investment account where it will stay until the victim is 18. Of course, depending on the severity of the injury the monies can be released early or be made available immediately. This would be the case to help deal with disability, learning difficulties and on going treatment caused by the accident.
Types of child accident claims
The types of child accident claims can be the exact same as an adult. If the accident has happened at a school it would be public liability. However, below are some examples of the common claims we have closed.
– Road traffic accident with a child passenger
– Child injured playing with defective toy
– Child Medical claims
Scott Rees & Co – Personal Injury specialists
Our specialty is personal injury claims and we have over 23 years of experience to back that up. If your child or even yourself have been in an accident and it wasn’t your fault it’s time to pick up the phone and speak with our advisers. You can do this free on both mobile and landline, or alternatively use the contact form at the top.
Child Accident Case Studies
2010- Child struck by vehicle wing mirror and elbow rolled over by wheel- £1,240 compensation
Our client’s child was playing on the street outside the house when a passing vehicle clipped the young child which caused him to lose balance and fall to the floor.
As the vehicle passed the back wheel rolled over the child’s elbow fracturing it in the process.
This incident led to much pain and anguish for the child as well as for the family as he needed extra care and the mother needed to take time off work for hospital visits.
During this time the parent decided to call Scott Rees & Co a call to see how we could help as identifying the person responsible was very difficult.
When we spoke to the client we listened carefully and felt her pain and took the case on, we understood the risks but were willing to do whatever we could.
We investigated and decided the best course of action would be to claim against the motor insurance bureau – which we did successfully and won £1,250 compensation for the client despite not knowing the identity of those responsible.
The client was over the moon with the result as were we as we helped the client’s financial losses as well as compensate the young child for the injuries sustained.