Accidents Involving Children
As a parent, your child is your world, and keeping your child out of harm’s way can be a challenge for every parent.
Children are experts at picking up cuts and bruises on any normal day. However, if your child has been involved in a more serious accident or sustained a more serious injury it can make you feel like your world has fallen apart.
If that accident was as a result of another adult’s negligence or a lack of safety measures, your child may have a right to compensation.
Understanding Your Child’s Rights to Compensation
When an accident involves children, many parents don’t realise they can claim compensation. Parents often are not aware of their rights to compensation and what legal steps are available to them in the event of an injury to their child.
Many claims are never filed as parents simply did not know they had the possibility to claim compensation on behalf of their children, or were worried that the legal fees would be too much.
Expert Child Injury Solicitors
Our expert personal injury solicitors provide you expert advice and support on a no-win-no-fee basis, helping you understand everything you need to know about making a claim on behalf of your child.
Filing a child injury claim
Claiming compensation for your child's injuries can help you relieve some of the discomfort caused by the injury, helping you get through this painful time and get you recognition for the pain your family was caused.
We know that your child’s recovery may be a long and distressing journey and we hope that in winning the compensation you are entitled to, some of the stress for both you and your child will be lifted.
Know the time limit
There are a few things to know when making a child injury claim. Most importantly, claims always have to be put forward within a certain time frame.
Your child will forever be your ‘child’ no matter their age, even though the law views children as 0-18 years old.
For adults, a claim for compensation must be filed within three years of the accident. For children, there is no such time limit and you can make a claim on their behalf until their 18th birthday.
After they turn 18
When a child turns 18 year old, the time limit applied to adults comes into force. This means that a party injured as a child has until their 21st birthday to bring a claim for compensation.
Who can file the claim?
The child injury claim must be made by a responsible adult. This will usually fall to a parent or guardian who will represent the child and make decisions on their behalf throughout the legal process.
The title given to this person is the ‘litigation friend’, and is necessary according to UK law which states that a person under the age of 18 cannot file their own personal injury claim.
What compensation covers
No accident involving a child is exactly the same, but we give the same attention and dedication to each and every case.
At AWH Solicitors we have seen children who have suffered from stable fractures to life-altering injuries, though the amount of compensation awarded is only in part based on the physical injury.
The compensation awarded to your child will be with consideration of:
- The extent of injury or illness and impact on life
- Cost of healthcare
- Psychological trauma and impact on life
- Cost of any additional support e.g. wheelchair, carer, educational aid
- Loss of income if you have taken time off work to care for your child
- Cost of adaptions made to your home or car
Making a Child Injury Claim with AWH Solicitors
Having to cope with your child’s suffering is a sickening and painful task. Whilst the compensation awarded from a child injury claim will not turn back the clocks, we hope that it will speed up the road to recovery and relieve the financial pressures that have unexpectedly been thrown at your family.
If your main reservation for taking legal action is the solicitor’s fees, we want to assure you that we have it covered.
No-Win-No-Fee Personal Injury Claims
We promise to do everything we can to see that your child is awarded the compensation that they deserve and we won’t take a penny of you unless you win your claim.
To learn more about making a no-win-no-fee personal injury claim on behalf of your child get in touch with our team of experts today.
AWH Solicitors supports clients with their personal injury claims on a no-win-no-fee basis. This means that as a client, you won’t put yourself at any financial risk.
If your case isn’t successful you don’t pay a penny, and if you do win, then you will keep all of the compensation awarded.
We promise our clients 100 percent compensation and no hidden costs for successful injury claims.
Full transparency at all times
We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.
Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.
No win no fee and legal expenses
Our no win no fee solicitors in Manchester regularly assess the prospects of winning your case at all stages of your claim.
If we are able to offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement for your claim, you will not have to pay our legal costs, however, if you lose your claim you may have to pay your opponent’s legal costs.
Legal expenses insurance, which is often provided with some motor insurance policies, can be used to pay your opponent’s legal fees. To protect you, we take out a legal expenses insurance policy for you when taking on your no win, no fee claim, if you do not already have a policy.
Disbursements for legal costs
If you win, your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs and disbursements.
Any legal costs which are not paid by your opponent may be deducted from your compensation. However, you will not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful and not until it has come to the end.
Please be aware that cost may differ depending on your personal circumstances.
Our Promise to You
Approachable and friendly solicitors
We are committed to delivering a truly personal service that puts you and your wishes first. Our team will always be on hand to support you, regardless of the time or location.
Award-winning service across our fields of expertise
Our high standards of service are applied consistently across all of our departments. Regardless of your enquiry, you can expect to receive the best legal advice delivered in a sympathetic manner.
Advice tailored to your needs
We take the time to listen to your needs and offer guidance that is best suited to your current situation.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to any area of law; every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.
Outstanding customer service and care
Our reputation is largely built on the exceptional level of client care we continue to deliver.
Every case is handled with the utmost level of respect and many of our clients have recommended us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.
Transparent on fees and processes
Transparency is very important to us as we want you to feel confident in our services.
We adhere to providing full transparency on fees, ensuring that you know exactly what you are paying for and keep you updated on the progress of your case along every step of the way.