Accidents And Children

We have solicitors that have handled very many child accident claims over the years. Whilst the law is the same for all types of personal injury claims, we expect children to be protected better. If they are not, then children may be entitled to compensation where an adult might not have been. Our child accident solicitors can help you to decide whether you are entitled to make a claim. If you can, claiming will not cost you and all of your child's compensation will be protected.

Read on for a brief explanation of legal terms and a child's rights in a compensation case:

Once a compensation claim reaches the courts for a 'hearing' or trial, it is known as an Infant Approval Hearing or a Minor Settlement Hearing

What is the process for a Minor Settlement Hearing?

  1. Once the minor and their litigation friend is appointed after discussion with a 1stClaims Solicitor (who will remain with them throughout the process) they will run through all the factors of the case. All our 1stClaims Solicitors are highly qualified and sensitive to the needs of the child and will treat each case as unique.
  2. When the case is finalised and a judge is available for a hearing, it will go to court for approval. This is often no more than a two minute hearing to check the child has recovered. This is the main difference between an adult's claim and a minor's claim: i.e. the court must agree to the settlement. A child's claim cannot be agreed just by the minor or adult responsible for the child.
  3. In order for this to happen, a barrister is required to give an opinion in writing, which is then assessed very carefully by a judge. The judge may decide that more evidence or consideration of the child's needs in the future is required and these needs must be met before the judge agrees a settlement.
  4. The minor, solicitor and litigation friend will then meet with the judge who will finally decide whether the settlement is reasonable to him or not.
  5. The compensation awarded is often then placed on trust until the minor's 18th birthday. However, the judge can award an instant payment for a child, such as money for a computer, or maybe even a PS3 or Xbox Elite!

Types of Child Accidents:

1stClaims expert child accident solicitors have handled a huge range of child accident claims. We will guide you through the whole process, ensuring the best interests of your children are looked after at all times. Types of claims handled include:

How long do I have to make a child accident claim?

The basic rule is that you have three years from your child's 18th birthday to make a claim for compensation. In reality the claim should be made as soon as possible to ensure that all of the evidence needed can be collected while it is still fresh.

How Much Will It Cost To Claim?

Nothing. 1stClaims does not believe the individual who has suffered already should have to pay to recover compensation for their injuries and expenses. Therefore, you do not need to pay for our services. Whilst many claims companies charge individuals for their time, we only receive a payment from our child accident solicitors for helping them with their marketing. Our service and expertise for you is completely free of charge.

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Need Help With Your Child’s Whiplash Claim?

If you would like 1stClaims’ expert Children Accident solicitors on your side please call us free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01275 774 557) or complete our Free Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon.

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