Child Head Injury Claims
It is an unfortunate fact of life that sometimes children suffer accidents. When that child is injured in an accident that was not their fault, it can be a traumatic experience for them and their family. An injury to the head can have serious consequences for a child as per an adult, and these injuries can happen in many different ways. Some of the most common of these include road traffic accidents, slipping or tripping in public, or cycle accidents. This list however, in reality is endless. If your child has suffered a head injury through no fault of their own then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf.
When to make a claim
Unlike in adult cases, children do not have three years after the date of the accident to make a claim. They have instead three years from the date of their 18th birthday. However, a parent can make a claim on behalf of their child anytime up to their 18th birthday. When awarding compensation in the case, the judge will invest the amount awarded, ensuring the child receives the full amount when they turn 18. They will in some circumstances release a portion of the compensation money in child head injury claims if needed for special expenses such as medical or education costs.
We understand at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors the traumatic effect a head or brain injury can have on child. The effects range from mild to severe depending on the severity of the injury sustained. Rehabilitation can take a long time and children can have trouble returning to normal life, school and fitting in with their peers. They can also have behaviour problems which can affect the family as well, or develop special educational needs. Sometimes it can be worthwhile to delay the legal case slightly to assess the full extent the injury will have on the child’s adult life. For example, in serious cases with severe head injuries, waiting to see if the symptoms will let the child live an independent life can affect the compensation amount awarded dramatically.
Some of the common complications a child head injury can cause are listed below:
- Learning disabilities
- Memory loss
- Speech impediments
- Change in senses
- Mood swings and concentration issues
This list is by no means exhaustive as brain injuries are complex events that can have many different effects and symptoms. If your child has suffered a brain or head injury then please call for our free expert advice. We have expert knowledge in this field and offer compassion and understanding as well as guiding you through your case.
Child brain injury compensation
At Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors we have vast experience in dealing with child head injury claims. We can provide you with a top UK compensation lawyer with expert knowledge in the field. They have helped many people before just like you.
Call 0800 2800 976 or 01625 667 166, from mobiles, or contact us now at Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors and talk to one of our team about your child accident claim.
For more information on child brain injuries, visit the Child Brain Injury Trust’s website.