It is every parent’s worst nightmare for their child to be involved in an accident. If your child or baby has been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, as their parent or guardian you can make a personal injury claim for compensation for their injuries.
As experienced solicitors who handle children’s accident claims, we’ve seen the devastating effect they can have on family life. We handle these cases with care and sensitivity; building trusting relationships with children and families that often span many years.
Special rules apply when compensation is awarded to a child. One key feature is that a Court must approve the compensation award on behalf of the child, even if it is agreed between the parties. A judge has responsibility to consider the terms of settlement to ensure they are reasonable and proper for the child.
The Court must also decide how the child’s compensation fund should be investigated. This can be complex in higher value claims and our solicitors, including former Morgan Jones Pett experts Sara Westwood and Simon Bransby, have specific expertise in handling these types of cases.
Legally, once a child has turned 18 they have three years to pursue a claim for compensation if it wasn’t done for them whilst they were a minor. A parent or guardian making a claim for compensation on behalf of an injured minor is referred to as a ‘litigation friend’. The litigation friend must be independent, therefore if a parent was to blame for the accident (perhaps they were driving, and their child was a passenger in the car), they cannot act as their litigation friend.
Examples of children’s accident claims:
- Injuries caused by play equipment
- Accidents at school
- Road traffic accidents
Please contact one of the team to discuss your specific requirements:
Morgan Jones Pett have joined the Hatch Brenner Solicitors team.
‘In my experience, Hatch Brenner provides an excellent PI service. I find their dedication to detail, their breadth of experience and their commitment to the client far superior to many of their competitors.’
‘They are a local firm who handle personal injury and clinical negligence cases with the skill of larger national firms. They appear to have excellent relationships with their clients, and provide a personal touch.’