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How Much Compensation For A Child Injury Claim?

By Stephen Hackett. Last Updated 28th July 2021. Welcome to our guide where we shall discuss child injury claims and child accident claims. Adults and children of all ages can suffer a personal injury. There is often not very much information regarding the latter. Many people are not aware of just how many different scenarios can allow minors to claim compensation for a child injury.

Children can be injured at school and nursery, on the road, or even in some cases in accidents at work. To find out more about claiming compensation for an accident involving a child, please read on or call us on 0800 073 8804 to start your claim.

In this guide, we explain the different ways a child injury could occur and how you could potentially start a claim if another party’s negligence contributed to the injury. We’ll go into detail on what type of compensation could be gained for the injured child when making a child accident claim.

We’ll also explain how a representative may be allowed to claim on behalf of an injured child. This guide also looks at how these types of claims can be made on a No Win No Fee basis and what benefits this type of agreement can bring. We’ll also explain how personal injury lawyers could potentially assist your claim if you choose to hire one.

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A Guide to How To Make A Child Injury Claim.

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According to government published statistics, children who are injured through no fault of their own are very often not reported. When we think of personal injury regarding a minor, it is often related to road traffic accidents. However, data collected suggests a large number of injuries sustained by minors happen while at school.

It is often thought of as an accident if a child injures themselves, whether it is at school, in public places, or even playing outside their own home but very often this is not the case. If a child has injured themselves due to others’ negligence, then just as adults can, children can also claim personal injury compensation or child injury compensation. Just because people expect children to fall and injure themselves does not always mean that these incidents are mere accidents.

How we can help with your child accident claim

We offer free legal, confidential advice as many people are not aware whether they have a compensation claim or not. This is even more so true for minors who are injured. By contacting us today, we can say straight away whether your child has the right to claim child injury compensation.

In reality, children who injure themselves through no fault of their own are losing out on compensation that is owed to them. This is why children have such a lengthier time in order to claim personal injury compensation. Usually, adults have three years from when the incident occurred or when they gained knowledge of the injury to make a claim. However, minors have until they are 21, three years after they turn 18 to make their own personal injury claim.

Parents or a litigation friend (that is a person who acts on behalf of the minor when pursuing a child injury claim as they are too young to do it for themselves) can pursue child injury claims before the child turns 18.

Compensation awarded to a minor can vary depending largely on the injury and the prognosis. Children can injure themselves in many different situations, however, if the injury could have been prevented if the correct measures were taken or if it was due to another person’s negligence, then a child injury claim for compensation can be pursued.

Who can File a Claim for the Child Injury?

In order to make an injury claim for a minor, a person over the age of 18 has to, preferably be either a parent or a person who has responsibility for the child. A person who takes responsibility for child injury claims is usually known as the ‘litigation friend’. It is the UK law that states that no minor is able to make their own personal injury claim, a person over the age of 18 must act on their behalf as a child does not have the complete ‘legal capacity’ to be able to understand what is involved in the claim process and the law itself.

If a child is injured through no fault of their own, maybe in a road traffic accident, at school, in a public place and no child injury claim is made while the child is a minor, then they may pursue their own claim once they’ve turned 18. The law states that the time limits for a minor who was injured through personal injury to claim for child injury compensation is three years after they turn the age of 18.

Due to the Limitation Act 1980, personal injury claims have to be started by adults within three years of when their injury occurred (or the date it was diagnosed). However, this three year time limit is frozen if the victim is a child and remains so until the day of their 18th birthday.

Another circumstance when the time limit may be frozen is when the victim is an adult but lacks sufficient mental awareness to make their own decisions independently. If, on a future date, the victim regains sufficient mental capacity to act independently, then the three year time limit for claiming will start from the date this occurs. When a personal injury victim is lacking enough mental capacity to claim on their own, a litigation friend may be able to claim on the victim’s behalf.

My child had an accident at nursery- who is to blame?

Although accidents at nursery may seem unavoidable because of children’s exuberance and lack of inhibitions, if the child’s parent or guardian can show that there was a breach of duty then they may be able to make a claim for the child’s injuries. 

What can be Claimed for a Child Injury?

When making a child injury claim on behalf of a child, several different areas are taken into consideration;

  • General damages – how much pain and suffering the child has felt due to the injury that was not considered their fault. Depending on the severity of the injury and the prognosis both will weigh heavy on how much compensation is awarded.
  • Special damages – these damages regarding an adult personal injury would look closely at how the person has been affected financially due to the incident and injury. However, this is quite different as a minor would not have a loss of earnings. Child injury claims and child accident claims in terms of special damages can help towards medical expenses, travel costs, or property damage. Future expenses or any predicted loss of earning may be covered through special damages as well as future treatment and care that may be needed.

No Win No Fee Child Injury Compensation Claims

Most personal injury compensation child accident claims are funded through a No Win No Fee or a conditional fee agreement, and this can also be the same for child injury compensation cases. These allow all victims of personal injury to be able to make a claim for compensation if they have been injured in an accident through no fault of their own.

We offer free initial consultations to all who feel that they have been injured as a result of the negligence of another. The consultation allows free discussion to understand the merits of a personal injury claim and what is likely to be the claim’s outcome. If it is agreed that there is a case for personal injury, then we will offer you a conditional fee agreement where a percentage of the compensation awarded will be given to the solicitor as their fee. Basically, this means there is no financial risk. There are no upfront fees, and no money will ever be asked from your own pocket before the case is concluded. If the case does not succeed, then there will never be anything to pay.

If we decide to take your child injury case on, you can be assured that we will do our best to ensure that it reaches its maximum potential and that the compensation that will be awarded will be of the highest amount for the injury sustained. As we take 99% of all cases on a No Win No Fee basis we only take cases that we are sure will succeed, if we take your case on it, we think it has winning merits.

For more details about what kinds of accidents can lead to child injury claims, please read on.

For What Reason can a Parent or Litigation Friend Claim Compensation for a Child injury?

Just as an adult may injure themselves through a personal injury such as a road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, or in a public place, so can a minor. By law, a child who has been involved in an accident cannot make their own claim; they need a parent or a person who is responsible for the child to make the claim on their behalf.

Here is a list of how a child may injure themselves through no fault of their own;

  • Child Whiplash Claim – a child whiplash claim most always results from a road traffic accident. A whiplash injury will often affect a person involved in a road accident, and all victims of a whiplash injury can pursue a compensation claim if they are not at fault.
  • Child Injured at School Claims – children injuring themselves at school due to improper safety measurements are growing concerns. Shockingly it has been revealed that children have suffered broken bones, injury through slips, even severed fingers due to health and safety issues. Climbing frames, physical education equipment, and wet floors are the main causes of child injuries at school. Compensation for a child injured at school can vary, as it all depends on the pain and suffering the child undergoes due to the injury.
  • Child Injury at Nursery Claims are also a growing concern. Small children are being injured at nursery schools for many different reasons, and some injuries take place. In contrast, children are not being supervised appropriately, so an explanation is quite difficult to gain. The Child Act 2006 clearly states that children no regardless of age or teaching institution along with nursery are owed a duty of care, it must always be at the forefront that children are to be kept safe at all times. If a child injures themselves through the nursery or staff’s negligence, then their parent has the right to make a claim for child injury compensation.
  • Child Injured at a Play Centre – there are more and more play centres or soft play areas popping up all the time however it is essential that these are kept safe areas to play as children of all ages use them. Accidents can easily happen at such places, especially with spillages of hot drinks, slips, trips and falls, and even unmaintained equipment. Children can injure themselves if health and safety are not taken seriously and equipment is not constantly maintained.
  • Childs Medical Negligence Claim – we do have one of the best medical services in the world. However, even still, medical mistakes are made, and no matter how minor or major a child is injured or made ill through the negligence of a physician, a medical negligence compensation claim can be made.
  • Child Birth Injury Claim – injuries that happen during childbirth can be catastrophic for both mother and child, maybe even more so when these injuries are caused due to the negligence of the physicians and health care workers in charge of delivering the child. Such injuries can have life-changing effects for all involved, and in these instances, compensation is truly needed.
  • Child Injured in a Public Place – as with adults children can also be very easily injured in a public place, i.e. trips on defected pavements, falls in parks, slips in supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.
  • Child Car Accident Claim it is very real that car accidents and road traffic accidents happen on the roads all the time and children can be involved. Just as adults can be injured through road collisions, so can children. If a child has been involved in a road accident and is injured, they can make a claim for child injury compensation. Car accident claims for a child can be pursued by a parent or an adult who has responsibility for the child as they will act as a litigation friend.

The graph below comes from the Department for Transport’s 2019 annual report on reported road casualties in the UK. It shows that there were around 6,000 car passenger casualties experienced by those aged 0-16.

Passenger casualties statistics graph

Passenger casualties statistics graph

What Happens to Children’s’ Compensation?

Child personal injury settlements are organised differently to adult personal injury compensation settlements in as much as they need to go through an ‘Infant Approval Hearing’ which will take place at a local court so that a judge can ensure that the child is receiving efficient damages for the injuries sustained. All child personal injury settlements in the UK have to go through such a hearing to be approved.

The compensation awarded to the child will be kept in a trust fund until the child turns 18 to ensure that the settlement awarded is used for the claimant by the claimant for their own use. In some cases, it is possible to take amounts of compensation if the child needs beneficial items such as a computer. The parent or guardian would write to the court asking for funds to be released for such items.

Making a Children’s Serious Injury Claim

A serious injury to an adult can be quite traumatising, a serious injury to a child can be even worse. When the negligence of another caused that injury can make it even harder to digest.

Severe injuries can be life-changing and devastating for both the victim and their family. Lives can be changed in an instant, and recovery and recuperation can be lengthy. A serious child injury can be very distressing for both the parents and the child, especially if the injury may affect the child’s future. We appreciate how devastating this may be. That is why we are here for you, to help you every step of the way taking the burden of the claim out of your hands so that you and your child can concentrate on what is important, recovery.

Making a serious child injury claim may not be an option it may be a necessity so that any present and future care and medical treatment costs are covered, and funds are there to ensure that all the needs of the child are met until a recovery is made or for the rest of their lives.

What to do if you need to Claim Compensation for a Child Injury

In order to be able to make a compensation claim for a child injury, it’s important first to know if

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the case is valid. We offer free, legal and confidential advice to those who have suffered a personal injury; this is also true if your child suffered an injury and you think you could claim. We are able to tell you straight away if the child injury claim is valid and how next to proceed.

We always advise when making any compensation claim that to do it as early as possible so that the whole event is still fresh in mind and details are not lost or forgotten. Gathering as much evidence as possible is also crucial so that the claim can be backed up. Images of the incident and injuries are vital so that they can be recorded and not disputed.

Using a personal injury solicitor is key so that the child injury claim can reach its maximum potential. Child injury claims and child accident claims can become complicated and complex. Hence, it’s important to use a solicitor that specialises in child injury claims and child accident claims which will help in gaining the maximum amount of compensation.

How Much Compensation Could my Child Receive for their Injury?

Child personal injury settlements can largely vary depending on the type of accident, pain and suffering and future prognosis. As with adult personal injury compensation cases, it is challenging to estimate a figure, especially at the initial stages as no two personal or child injury cases are ever exactly the same.

People and children may have similar accidents but may deal with it in an entirely different way; pain and suffering can be different for each person. While one person may recuperate quite quickly, another may take double the time. Personal circumstances, i.e. financial circumstances and how a person is financially affected, is different for each claimant. However, this does not affect minors so much it may still play a part.

Below is a table that illustrates how much compensation may be awarded for a child injury claim. It can be used as a child compensation calculator to predict what a child may be awarded in terms of compensation. However, the figures below are just a guide and should never be taken as fact. The figures are based on compensation brackets provided by the Judicial College Guidelines. Solicitors may use these brackets during a personal injury claim to assist with calculating compensation amounts.

Body PartSeverityCompensation Amounts
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderSevere£56,180 to £94,470
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderModerately Severe£21,730 to £56,180
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderLess Severe£3,710 to £7,680
Neck InjurySevereIn the region of £139,210
Neck InjuryModerate£23,460 to £36,120
Neck InjuryMinor£4,080 to £7,410
Back InjurySevere£85,470 to £151,070
Back InjuryModerate£26,050 to £36,390
Back InjuryMinorUp to £2,300

Why Choose Us as Your Claim Service

We are here for you. To help you in every need you have when wanting to pursue a personal or child injury claim. By appointing us as your legal representation, we will ensure that you receive a tailor-made service, so all your needs are taken care off. You will never be a number with us, we offer a service that is next to none, as we fully appreciate how difficult it can be being a victim of personal injury, suffering an injury or illness that could have very easily been prevented.

Allowing us the privilege to be able to represent you as your legal team will not be a disappointment. We will do our best to ensure your case reaches its maximum potential and you get the compensation you deserve. When investigating a case, we ensure no stone goes unturned and build a case with winning merits. We have decades of experience dealing with personal injury, and it is our speciality. Our reputation is outstanding among both our peers and clients.

Call for Free Advice and Start Your Claim

If your child has been injured and you think they should be compensated please call right away for quick, professional and expert legal advice on 0800 073 8804.

If you don’t have the time to call us right now, you can use the contact form on this page to have us call you back, or use the live chat to leave your details. The sooner your child injury claim is started, the sooner your child could be compensated.

Helpful Links

How Much Compensation For a School Accident Claim?

If your child has been injured at school or on a school trip, find out how much compensation you could claim and start by getting free legal advice.

Nursery Accident Compensation Claims

Has your child been injured whilst at the nursery? Get free legal advice today and see if you can claim compensation for nursery injuries.

Health and safety for school children

Whilst your child is at school, the school is responsible for children’s safety even if your child is on a school trip with the school.

Illness and your child’s education

If your child is unable to attend school because of your child’s injuries or illness, find out more information.

Tell Ofsted about a serious childcare incident: online form for local authorities

If your child has been involved in a serious injury at school, you can notify Ofsted about serious childcare incidents, including children in care or children living at home.

Child injury claims/child accident claims FAQ

Can I make a claim if my child has been injured?

If your child has been injured due to a third party’s negligence, then taking legal action could be a suitable course of action. However, please note that if a child is under the age of 18, then a litigation friend will be appointed by the court to handle the case. Here at Legal Expert, we can assist you throughout this process, so please contact our team to earn more.

Who can make a personal injury accident claim for a child?

A claim involving a child is usually brought to the parent or legal guardian. The responsible party appointed to handle the claim will act in the child favour, ensuring their best interests are put forward.

What happens to a child’s injury compensation?

Should compensation be awarded for a personal injury claim involving a child, the compensation will be placed in an account until they reach the age of 28. Once the child has turned 18 years old, the compensation, plus the interest, is paid directly to the child.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read our guide on child accident claims.

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