Children are prone to accidents and sometimes their injuries are unpreventable. Parents are usually unsure if they can make personal injury compensation claims when their kids get hurt. If their injury is a result of someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What types of injury can I claim compensation for?
There are many ways kids can get hurt, and many times it is out of their parents’ hands. In order to be able to get compensation for your child’s injury, you must be able to prove that the responsible party was negligent. Typically, you must also be able to prove that your child was acting with ordinary caution and was not being negligent. The following are the most common ways parents can receive compensation for their child’s injury.
- Road accident as a passenger
- Road accident as a cyclist
- Road accident as a pedestrian
- Accident caused by a dangerous product
- Accident at school, nursery or college
- Amusement park or funfair accident
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Accident on a vacation
- Accident abroad
- Slips, trips or falls
- Accidents in a public place such as a supermarket or restaurant
How long do I have to make a claim?
The parent of guardian of an injured child can make a claim for compensation as soon as the accident happens up until the child turns 18. In some states, the parent or guardian must get approval from a judge before a personal injury claim can be settled. Usually the insurance company can help by getting you the forms you file with the court for approval.
What happens to my child’s compensation?
As a parent, it is your legal and moral responsibility to hold and use all of your child’s compensation for the benefit of your child and you can be held accountable it you break those obligations. You may also be able to start an account with the court that saves the money for your child until they turn 18.
If you have any questions about seeking compensation for your child’s injury, contact us here.