Children are naturally accident prone. Most times a child will have an accident due to their own clumsiness or natural inquisitiveness, suffering little more than a grazed knee and a little dust down. Unfortunately, sometimes children are involved in more serious accidents that were not caused by their own fault. The most serious of these can cause a child a head injury. When your child is injured by someone else’s negligence it may be possible to make a child accident claim.
What is the legal definition of a child?
A child in the eyes of the law is anyone under the age of 18. They are seen as ‘minors’ in legal terms. Children are treated differently legally in personal injury claim cases. They are for obvious reasons accepted to be less safety conscious than adults.
Time limits for children’s accident claims
Time limits imposed on personal injury claims for children are different from those imposed for adults. Instead of the three years from the date of the accident for adults, children have three years to bring a child accident claim starting from the date of their eighteenth birthday. However the child’s parents can make a claim on their child’s behalf anytime up to their eighteenth birthday. As with adult personal injury claims, claims on behalf of a child are taken on a no win no fee basis at Ashley Ainsworth.
If the case is successful, the usual procedure is that a judge will decide a suitable compensation amount. They will then invest the money on behalf of the child that will be accessible by them when they turn 18 years old. They do however release some of that compensation to the parents to cover such things as medical or education costs when there is circumstance in the child accident claim to do so.
Examples of child accidents
As any parent will know, there are endless different ways in which a child can get injured. Some of the most common child accident compensation claims are listed below:
- School Accidents
- Nursery Accidents
- As passengers in car accidents
- Defective toys and play equipment
- Birth injury
- Cycle accidents
As said above, this list is far from exhaustive. If your child has suffered injury in an accident that was not their fault then please call for our free expert advice. At Ashley Ainsworth we operate on a strict no win no fee basis ensuring that you can make your claim without the worry of financial risk. We are experts in the child accident claim field, and have handled many successful cases over the years.
At Ashley Ainsworth we have vast experience in dealing with compensation claims for incidents involving children. We can provide you with a top UK accident solicitor who specialises in the field. They will guide you through the claims process, making it as smooth and successful as possible.
Read some examples of successful personal injury compensation claims at Ashley Ainsworth here.