Suffering an injury can be stressful and upsetting. This is even more so the case if it happens to your child. However, rather than sit back and accept what has happened, you can make a claim for compensation if the incident was not your child’s fault. This money can go in a trust fund until your child is 18-years-old, as well as being used to help with their recovery and any other costs relating to their injuries. With that being said, read on to discover some of the things you need to do if your child has been injured.
What To Do When Your Child Has Been Injured
Make sure you take your child to see a doctor first
There is one crucial piece of advice that matters irrespective of where you are based and what sort of claim you want to make, and this is the fact that you need to see a doctor. You may think this sounds obvious – but there are some parents who will take initiative and deal with the injuries in their own home.
If your child has suffered a serious injury, then you will obviously have no choice but to go to the hospital. However, if your child has sustained a minor injury, you may decide that you would rather cope with it yourself. Of course, it is advisable to see a doctor for the sake of your child’s well-being, but you also need to see a medical professional if you want to have any chance of securing compensation.
The reason you need to see a doctor is that the medical report they provide is the most crucial piece of evidence when it comes to making any claim. Without it, you will struggle to build a case compelling enough to convince anyone that your child is entitled to compensation. After all, there is no professional proof to say that your child has been injured. Instead, the medical report they provide will state your injuries, the diagnosis and the recommended course of treatment. This is then used to determine how much compensation your child will be entitled to.
Time limits on making a claim
You can make an accident claim anytime from the date of the incident to three years down the line. Once three years have passed, you will not be able to make a claim and you will have no chance of getting compensation. This is actually the time limit on all personal injury cases. It is important to note that court proceedings must be issued within this period and, therefore, you definitely should not wait until the last minute to make your claim.
There are some exceptions to this rule, although they are very rare. The only exceptions tend to be when the injury occurred over time. For example, if your child has suffered symptoms due to something that occurred a long time ago. For something like this you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis instead, as it is impossible to pinpoint an ‘accident date’.
It is also worth noting that your child will have the opportunity to claim themselves once they turn 18. They will have three years from their 18th birthday.
Despite the time limits that are in place, it is always a good idea to make your accident claim sooner rather than later. After all, you will have a much better chance of building a strong case. Not only will the details be fresh in your mind, but also it will be a lot easier for your solicitor to get witness statements and such like. The longer you leave it the more difficult it will become.
Finding legal assistance
The final piece of the puzzle is to find some good legal assistance to help you with launching a claim. Of course, you need to cover all of the basics, i.e. find someone who is experienced, has a good track record, and has plenty of experience. You also need to make sure that the person specializes in the type of injury your child has sustained, for instance, Gray and White Law deals with birth negligence claims specifically. You can then find companies specializing in road traffic accidents, slips, trips, and falls, and so on and so forth.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the steps that are involved when it comes to making a claim if your child has been injured. Of course, seeing a doctor is always the first and most important place to start!