posted on 14 12,2017 / 11:51 am
Accidents and injuries are a normal part of childhood and therefore it is relatively rare that children’s cases appear in the injury compensation claims arena. However, this does not mean that it does not happen.
A child may be entitled to claim compensation if an accident occurs due to lack of safety. Compensation claims can also be made if negligence by a third party causes personal injury to children under the age of 18.
Another reason why children’s cases are rare is that parents are unsure of the validity of such compensation claims. Additionally, parents may also lack the funds to pay the legal fees.
Now that we have answered the question of whether it is possible to make compensation claims, let us look at some tips on how to go about making compensation claims for a juvenile case successfully.
Individuals under the age of 18 cannot claim compensation according to the UK law. The law requires the appointment of a “litigation friend” instead. This person can be a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult whom files the claim on the child’s behalf. The responsibilities of the case fall on their shoulders. The “litigation friend” protects the child’s interest right through the litigation process and makes decisions on the child’s behalf.
Under normal circumstances, a person needs to claim compensation within 3 years from the date of the accident. But the time limit for children differs from that of adults. The 3 year period limitation is only applicable once the individual turns 18. In other words, a child’s injury claim must be filed any time before their 21st birthday.
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Additionally the use of a claims calculator can be useful to calculate how much a claim can be worth. It is important to know however that the final amount, however, depends on calculating all the circumstances surrounding the case. An experienced injury lawyer will be best to assist with that.
It is always advisable to seek the professional help of an experienced injury lawyer when you plan to claim compensation. The injury lawyer can explain to you the legal processes involved in taking your claim further and how much you can claim. Remember with the No win, No fee option will be able to find the right legal advice without having to pay the legal fees upfront. Many solicitors also offer the first consultation free so you may discuss the viability of a case beforehand.