As part of growing up, learning and being carefree, children get themselves into all sorts of accidents all the time and sustain little cuts and bruises on a regular basis.
In some cases though, they might be involved in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, such as failure to put safety measures in place or resolve an existing hazard as soon as possible. In these cases, the child may be able to receive compensation.
Some instances where a child might be injured in a non-fault accident are:
If your child suffers injuries at the hands of someone else, it could have impacts on their life and development. Compensation can’t eliminate the physical and psychological strain of an accident, but it can help financially towards any losses you’ve incurred or can help pay towards treatment for your child.
Many parents whose child has been involved in an accident are often hesitant to make a claim for compensation.
The first reason for this is that they are unsure whether they can actually claim for their child, and the second is that they are concerned about being confronted with paying legal fees.
It can all seem like a daunting process too, which is also off-putting when the incident could already have been distressing enough.
At Cute Injury, our solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis (NWNF), also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This way, we take away the financial risk and stress for you, as you are not faced with any fees throughout the process.
Our personal injury solicitors will thoroughly analyse your child’s case and all the factors involved – there are many to consider. They will then make the decision as to whether the case is strong enough to pursue.
If it is, they’ll agree to fight your case on
If, on the other hand, your case is not successful, you won’t have to pay any legal costs.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 18 that was involved in an accident, it is possible for you to act as their ‘litigation friend’, providing that you weren’t responsible for the accident.
A ‘litigation friend’, also known as a ‘lay representative’, is usually the parent or guardian who presents the child’s case on their behalf. The child must be present at all times.
Any representatives must always be legally approved and confirmed first.
When determining the amount of compensation you will be awarded for your child’s case, our solicitors have to take many factors into consideration. Some are as follows:
Don’t be put off by all of this – at Cute Injury, we can help and we aim to make the process easy and as efficient as possible for you.
Once all aspects of the case have been analysed, the compensation amount will be decided. To get an idea of the potential compensation amount for various injuries, see our full payout guide. Please note that these are just guidelines and cases always differ – so you may receive compensation higher or lower than the ones provided.
When you win the compensation award, it can help pay for any financial loss incurred as a result of the accident. Some things it can help pay for are:
Normally with personal injury claims, there is a three-year time frame in which you can put the claim forward – after this, it proves more difficult to prove your case. The time limit starts from the date the accident happened, or from the ‘date of knowledge’ – the date you noticed an injury that came about from a previous accident.
With child claims, however, there is more flexibility. A claim can be made at any time until they are 18 – once they reach this age, they have a three-year limit in which to put the claim forward, no matter when the accident happened. When they turn 21, the time limit is up.
Generally, the sooner you claim the better, as it is often easier to collate the evidence nearer the time of the accident – but don’t let this put you off, we can help!
If your child has been involved in an accident because of someone else’s actions, there are some important steps to take in case you decide to make a claim later on. They are similar to those you should take in any other accident.
Our lawyers at Cute Injury can help you gather all this information.
Contact us today to see how we can help you – whether that’s with your child’s injury claim or if you would just like more information. It’s free to call and you’re under no obligation