Accidents involving children

Accidents involving children can be even more traumatic than those affecting you. It can feel like your world has fallen apart. With the help of our solicitors, you can begin the process of putting your world back together.

Understanding your child’s rights to compensation

If your child is involved in an accident that is the result of another person’s negligence or lack of safety measures, your child may have a right to compensation.

Many parents don’t realise this, but your rights to claim are very clearly stated in the law.

Many claims are never filed as parents simply do not know they can claim compensation, or because they are worried about expensive legal fees. If you think you and your child could be entitled to compensation, please speak to us. Our expert solicitors will help make the whole process as clear and transparent as possible.

How compensation can help

Our expert personal injury solicitors will give you expert advice and support on a no win, no fee basis. We’ll help you understand everything you need to know about claiming on your child’s behalf, without any risk.

Claiming compensation for your child’s injuries can help relieve some of the discomfort caused and assist you through an unpleasant time with clear recognition of the other party’s failings.

Your child’s recovery may be a long and distressing journey for you both. By securing the compensation you are entitled to, we hope that some of this stress will be lifted.

Know the time limit

There are a few things to know when making a child injury claim.

Most importantly, claims must begin within a certain time frame. For adults, a claim for compensation must be filed within three years of the accident.

But you can make a claim on a child’s behalf at any point up to their 18th birthday. This is the age at which they are legally no longer a child.

After their 18th birthday, the adult time limit comes into effect. This means any compensation claim you make has to happen before their 21st birthday.

Who can file the claim?

Child injury claims must be made by a responsible adult. UK law states that you can’t file your own personal injury claim if you’re under 18.

The adult who does this is usually a parent or guardian who can represent the child and make decisions on their behalf. The title given to an adult who does this is called the ‘litigation friend’.

What does the compensation cover?

No two accidents involving children are the same, but we give exactly the same attention and dedication to each and every case.

At AWH Solicitors we have represented children suffering everything from stable fractures to life-altering injuries. The amount of compensation awarded is only partly based on the physical injury.

Any compensation awarded for a child injury claim also takes into account:

  • The extent of their injury or illness and the impact on their life
  • The cost of any healthcare
  • The psychological trauma and impact on them
  • The cost of any additional support, such as wheelchairs, carers or educational aid
  • Any loss of income you have personally suffered if you have taken time off work to care for your child
  • The cost of any adaptions made to your home or car

Starting your child injury claim with AWH Solicitors

Having to cope with your child’s suffering is a sickening and painful task. While compensation from a child injury claim can’t turn back the clock, we hope that it will speed their recovery and relieve any financial pressures on your family.

If your main reservation for taking legal action is the solicitor’s fees, you can rest assured that we have it covered.

No win, no fee child injury claims

For any personal injury claim we take on, we don’t receive a penny in payment unless you win.

A no win, no fee policy is designed to protect you as a client, so you don’t put yourself at any financial risk.

This means that if your case isn’t successful, you won’t pay a penny.

To learn more about how you could make a no win, no fee personal injury claim on your child’s behalf, get in touch with our team of experts today.

Full transparency at all times

We are completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so you don’t get any nasty surprises at any point in the process.

Our no win, no fee solicitors in Manchester evaluate how likely you are to win your case at every stage in the claim.

If we are able to offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement, you won’t have to pay our legal costs at all. If you lose your claim, you may have to pay your opponent’s legal costs, but we always give you a full assessment of your chances of success before you begin.

Legal expenses insurance is one way to protect yourself from this cost. It is often provided with motor insurance policies, in case you have an accident in your car. If you don’t already have a policy, we take out a legal expenses insurance policy on your behalf before starting your no win, no fee claim.

If you win your claim, your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs.

Any legal costs which are not covered by your opponent may be deducted from your compensation. You won’t pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful, and if you do need to pay a fee it won’t be until the process has come to an end.

Please be aware that costs may differ depending on your personal circumstances.

FAQ

  • My child was injured, can I claim compensation?

    If the injury was caused by another person's or business's negligence, or due to a lack of safety measures then you may be able to claim compensation for your child's injury.

    Each case and each situation is different. To understand more about your specific circumstances and to assess which rights you and your child may have please get in touch. Our personal injury experts will be able to give you clear advice about your options and rights over the phone or in person, whichever you prefer.

  • My child was injured whilst trespassing, what can I do?

    If your child was trespassing when they got injured you still may be able to claim for compensation for their injuries.

    This may be the case if for example the property or area was improperly secured, allowing children easy access to dangerous terrain.

    Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 both visitors and trespassers are given the right to take action for harm caused on property that does not belong to them in certain scenarios.

  • What does child injury compensation cover?

    Compensation awarded for a child injury claim will take into account the following:

    • The extent of their injury or illness and the impact on their life
    • The cost of any healthcare
    • The psychological trauma and impact on them
    • The cost of any additional support, such as wheelchairs, carers or educational aid
    • Any loss of income you have personally suffered if you have taken time off work to care for your child
    • The cost of any adaptions made to your home or car
  • What to do if my child is injured at school?

    If injury is caused to your child whilst they are at school and it's due to the school's negligence then we may be able to help you claim compensation.

    Each case of school injury negligence is different, and many factors will decide whether you will be able to claim or not, and what you will be able to claim for. When you get in touch with our team we will ask you a number of questions to help you determine your options and rights straight away.

Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!

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  • Meet an expert Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
  • Authorise Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
  • We get to work We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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