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.

No Win No Fee Solicitors at Cute Injury

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 a NWNF basis, meaning that winning your child’s case will incur a fee. This will be deducted from your final compensation amount. The percentage of the ‘success fee’ is currently capped at 25% - this will be pre-agreed between you and our solicitor. You will pay this after receiving the award, so you’re never out of pocket.

If, on the other hand, your case is not successful, you won’t have to pay any legal costs. 

Claiming for Compensation on Behalf of your Child

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.

Average Compensation Amount For a Child Injury Claim

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:

  • All events and aspects of the accident.
  • All evidence provided.
  • Medical reports.
  • The extent of injuries and how long the child may suffer from them.
  • The impact the accident has had on the child overall, including any psychological effects.
  • The amount of care the child will need.
  • Witness statements.

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:

  • Medical costs
  • Travel expenses to and from the hospital
  • Home care
  • Therapy
  • Aids
  • Other forms of treatment available
  • Loss of earnings if you’ve had to stay home to take care of your child.

What is the Time Limit for Child Injury Claims?

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!

What to Do If Your Child Has an Accident

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.

  • If you feel your child has sustained a severe injury, phone the emergency services straight away – don’t move them yourself or you may make the injuries worse. Even if you feel they aren’t so serious, make sure they get medical attention straight away – there may be an injury even though it’s not visible.
  • Call the police – doing this will mean the accident is officially reported in case you decide to claim. You will need a copy of this.
  • Take advantage of your smartphone – take as many photos of the scene of the accident as you can, including anything in the surrounding area that may have caused the accident.
  • Write down everything you can remember about what happened before, during and after the accident. The sooner you do this, the better, as it’s easy to forget little details that might actually be important in your case.
  • If there are any witnesses, get their contact details if possible – this will help to strengthen your case later on if they’re happy to help provide a detailed statement on what happened.
  • Similarly, if anyone else was involved in the accident, get their details too.
  • It’s important you keep hold of any receipts to show the costs you’ve incurred as a result of the accident, medical reports to show the extent of injuries, childcare costs, etc. This will all count as evidence in a claim.

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 with us!

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