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Child Accident Claims

If you need to talk to us about child accident claims following an accident, we are here to help you. It’s only natural to want to protect children from all the dangers that exist in the world, but wrapping them in cotton wool will only mean they won’t learn how to avoid hazards by themselves.

But even with all the precautions in the world accidents can still happen, so it’s important to be aware of any legal entitlements your child may have if they have an accident.

Most people think you only have a short period of time to make an accident claim, but for an accident involving children, the child has until their 21st birthday to make a claim for compensation.

Making Child Accident Claims

Making a child accident claim, though, is not a straightforward procedure, and we recommend that you use our personal injury experts to guide you, as parents, through the whole process as there are legal and medical implications to be considered.

It is, therefore, important to find a team of accident claim solicitors like Jefferies Solicitors who are experts in this field and understand the legal and medical implications of accidents involving children. We can take care of your case with the sensitivity required in handling a child accident case.

We will take you through the whole process step by step and explain everything to you in clear terms.

HOW DOES THE CLAIMS PROCESS WORK?

At Jefferies Solicitors, once we have carried out an initial consultation, we will take care of the paperwork required to get your case underway.

A letter will be sent to you following an initial consultation with your solicitor. This will be a summary of the discussion you had and will confirm that they are happy to take on your case. It will highlight who will be your contact and estimate how long the process will take. The letter will also detail how you will be funding the case and an estimate of costs. If you need to provide any further information this will also be included.

A letter will then be sent to the defendant, providing details of the accident. The defendant has a fixed period in which they can reply and in their reply, they must state whether or not they are denying or accepting liability for your injuries. If they do accept liability, your solicitor will endeavour to settle the case out of court.

Different Types of Accident and Injury Claims Involving Children

There are many times when an injury or accident claim involves children. These include, but are not limited to:

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AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION

All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.

GENERAL DAMAGES

The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.

Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.

SPECIAL DAMAGES

However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.

Except for children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident occurred. You should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.

START YOUR CHILD ACCIDENT CLAIMS TODAY

To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team. 

Where next? Read How To Claim