Not all accidents are traumatic. Most children regularly have accidents, be it through play, exploring the outdoors or testing their limits. However, some accidents will leave children hurt due to insufficient safety measures or negligent behaviour by someone else. It's those accidents which can be a harrowing experience for the whole family and sometimes have longer-term health impacts for the affected child.
At Garratts, our team of specialist personal injury solicitors is here to support you and your children with any child accident claims making sure they receive the right level of compensation they deserve.
Types of accidents leading to serious child injuries
As a parent or legal guardian, you are entitled to claim compensation on behalf of your children if they've experienced a serious injury as a result of an accident involving a third party.
Serious injuries from accidents involving children may be the result of:
My child was injured in an accident through no fault of their own. How can I claim compensation?
You can start the claims process by contacting Garratts for an initial, free consultation with one of our child accident solicitors. Subsequently, we will follow up with an initial review of your case before advising you as to whether we think you will be able to claim compensation.
Our team will then accrue all evidence required to support your claim and inform the liable third party. Medical evidence forms an integral part of any personal injury claim. Therefore we will also organise an independent medical examination report for you and your child to ensure the best possible outcome for your compensation claim.
Any necessary negotiations will be carried out by our team, and if required, we will represent you in court. We can also assist with issues such as ongoing care, medical problems and financial management during your case.
What proof of evidence do I need to show?
We will require some essential information from you to prove that the injuries your child sustained resulted from someone else's negligent behaviour and could have been avoided.
This evidence may include:
- time, date and location of the accident
- photographic proof of the accident site
- contact details of any witnesses
- contact details of the negligent third party (if known), i.e. supervising teacher, playground supervisor or pet owner.
Is there a time limit for making a child accident claim?
The child's parents or legal guardians have to file a compensation claim within 3 years from the date of the accident. A person can also make a claim for an injury they sustained as a child between the ages of 18 (when they are legally considered as adults) and 21.