Child Accident Claims
When your child has been hurt it is hard to know where to turn. The trauma and distress has an impact on the whole family.
At Macks, we understand that you may be struggling to come to terms with what has happened to your child and our friendly empathetic solicitors will work hard with you to make sure the process of receiving compensation is as stress-free as possible.
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Fault and Child Accident Claims
You may be questioning whether you or your child were in some way at fault for their accident. Even if the circumstances of the accident were complicated, a personal injury lawyer can objectively assess whether there is a claim that should be pursued to help your child.
At Macks we don’t judge, we just help, so even if you think your child may have been partially to blame for an accident, we can still help you with a claim.
Child Accident Claim Process
A parent or guardian can make a claim on behalf of a child under the age of 18. If the child reaches 18 before the claim concludes, the child can then instruct us directly.
The law says that when a child’s claim is made, a responsible adult (usually a parent or guardian) must be appointed as a litigation friend. The litigation friend instructs the solicitor and makes decisions on the child’s behalf.
Time Limits for Child Accident Claims
The general rule is that you have 3 years to bring a claim for personal injury. However, with children, the rules say the 3-year limit does not start until the child reaches 18. A claim can therefore be made until the child reaches the age of 21, although the child will need a litigation friend if proceedings are brought before the child reaches 18.
It is best not to wait until a child is able to bring their own claim at 18 as it is preferable to bring a claim as soon as you are aware of your right to do so on behalf of your child. This ensures that evidence is obtained promptly which is important as memories fade with time.
Child Accident Claims
Our experienced child accident solicitors have worked on a vast range of child accident claims, including:
- Animal attacks at petting zoos, farms and parks
- Criminal injuries such as assaults or child sexual abuse
- Dog bites occurring in public places and private homes
- Falls from a height such as climbing frames and balconies
- Faulty and dangerous products including defective toys, bouncy castles and child safety items
- Holidays accidents such as balcony falls, carbon monoxide poisoning and food poisoning
- Horse riding accidents
- Nurseries, schools and college incidents from sports and playground accidents to slips and trips on wet floors
- Road traffic accidents as passengers, pedestrians or cyclists
- Public liability accidents that occur in places such as swimming pools, leisure centres, parks and shops
- Sporting injuries
Whatever the nature or seriousness of the incident and injury, our experienced child accident solicitors will assess the claim and advise on the best way to proceed.
It is also possible to make a claim if your child has sadly passed away. Talk to us if you need help in making a claim.
Compensation for Child Accidents
Our child accident solicitors will examine your child’s case in detail and obtain the best possible evidence in support of the claim.
In appropriate cases, we will ask for interim payments so you get financial help to assist with medical care, rehabilitation needs and home aids or adaptations required. Interim payments can also help to ease the financial strain of an accident where a parent is unable to work because of their child’s care needs.
Our team will make sure your case receives the care and attention to detail needed to help your child receive compensation to help them recover from, or live with, their injuries.
How Macks Can Help
We will thoroughly explore your circumstances and determine the best course of action that is tailored to your specific needs.
We will also discuss the funding arrangement that best suits your situation and provide you with efficient, practical advice.
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