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Can I claim compensation on behalf of my child?

Accidents involving children can have a devastating effect on family life, with an estimated two million children under the age of 15 experiencing an accident in and around the home every year.*

Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for children and young people aged between 5-29 years.

At Morgan Jones Pett, we have over 35 years-experience of dealing with cases involving children and are sensitive to the needs of both the child and the parents/guardians.

Can I as a parent or guardian make a claim for my child?

Yes, if your child is injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, a parent or guardian needs to be the one to make a claim on the child’s behalf if under 18.

Ideally a claim needs to be brought as soon as the accident happened, however it can be made  anytime up to the child’s 18th birthday by a parent or guardian, If they havr not made a claim during this time, the individual can make their own claim once they are 18, up to three years after their 18th birthday.

If the claim is successful and an amount of compensation is agreed, the Court must approve the settlement. The Court rules that no settlement involving a child is valid without the Court’s approval. This means that Court proceedings must be issued, and the case is listed before a Judge at a County Court nearest to where the child lives.

The parent or guardian, child and their solicitor will attend the Hearing, which are generally quite short, private and informal. Once the settlement is approved and the party who has caused the accident has paid, the money will be invested until the child reaches 18, when it will be paid out to them.

We have experience of dealing with children’s accidents claims, including a claim against a school arising out of their negligent organisation of a PE lesson, brain injury following a road traffic accident and also the death of a child who was killed when the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away.

If you think you or your child may have a case, please do not hesitate to contact us - 01603 877000

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