When we are in an accident that wasn’t our fault, we have a lot more control over how to deal with the consequences, but when it happens to a child, they do not have the capacity to deal with the financial or medical aftermath. Children are naturally adventurous and inquisitive which does lead to bumps and scrapes, but when more serious injuries occur that could have been reasonably avoided, parents are well within their rights to seek compensation.
When children are injured
There are many scenarios where children are placed in the care of other adults who have a duty of care to ensure that they do not come into any harm. For instance, if your child is away on a school trip, they are under the care of teaching and support staff whose job is to ensure that all children present are properly supervised, and that they do not hurt themselves or each other.
Of course, children are equally at risk of injury through common adult accidents such as slips, medical negligence, vehicle accidents and other areas. The difference lies in their ability to claim compensation – Instead, an adult will make the claim on their behalf (also known as a litigation friend). This adult is usually the parent, and when they are not, proof will need to be provided that they can legally act on behalf of the child.
Claiming child injury compensation
As with injuries for adults, claiming child injury compensation is necessary to ensure that all medical bills are covered and that the claimant has everything they need to get them through the recovery process. Parents who have lost wages through time taken from work to care for the child can also receive compensation from loss of wages as part of the claim.
We understand that it can be distressing if your child, or a child under your legal care is injured which is why we are here to help you throughout the entire legal process from start to finish. For more information, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0845 421 2030.