It’s common for children to encounter scrapes and minor mishaps. But sometimes children can be involved in more serious accidents and sustain significant personal injury. When this happens, parents naturally want to do all they can to help their child and this can include making a personal injury claim on behalf of the child.
From dog bites and falls to accidents in public places, or injuries caused at school or whilst in employment; there are many different situations where it may be possible to bring a child injury claim to court. Even if the child or parent was partially to blame; for example if a child injures themselves on a building site where they shouldn’t have been, there may still be a claim.
Making An Injury Claim on Behalf of a Child
At Garratts Solicitors we have claimed successfully in many child injury claims and have provided children and their families with much-needed support during the legal process. We are able to assist with issues such as ongoing care, medical problems and financial management during your case.
The process is more often than not started by the child’s parent or guardian, though we welcome contact from teachers or professionals who work with children who want to help make a claim as a ‘litigation friend’ on behalf of a child.
A person is able to make a claim for an injury they sustained as a child between the ages of 18 (when they are legally recognised as an adult) and 21.
Compensation for Children’s Accidents
When someone under the age of 18 wishes to bring a claim, the court takes special steps to ensure that the claim is dealt with correctly and that any settlement money is protected for the use of the child until they reach the age of 18.