Children’s Accident Claims in Northern Ireland
We at PA Duffy & Co Solicitors understand how upsetting it can be when a child gets injured. If your child was injured due to someone else’s negligence, your child may be entitled to compensation. It is important to follow up on these injuries as it could have a serious impact on the child’s future endeavours and mental wellbeing.
Is the child entitled to claim for compensation?
In Northern Ireland, an individual under the age of 18 is considered a minor and a minor cannot claim for compensation. An adult may take legal action on the minor’s behalf, this could be a parent, guardian, or an older sibling. This person is known as a ‘litigation friend’. The litigation friend will legally take on responsibilities regarding the claim as they represent the minor during this process.
If the settlement works in the child’s favour, the compensation money will be transferred to a court approved account and the minor will not be able to access this until they are 18.
To make a claim the child or the legal guardian must be able to prove that the injury was avoidable and due to someone else’s negligence.
How long does the minor have to make a claim?
A child injury claim is different to the average personal injury claim where the individual has three years to make a claim. The time limit to make a claim does not commence until the minor’s 18th birthday, so they have until their 21st birthday to make a claim in Northern Ireland.
How much compensation is the child entitled to?
We understand that compensation can play a vital role to help your child receive the appropriate treatment as they try to re-adapt to their everyday life.
Complete our enquiry form and we will further discuss the case regarding compensation. However, the court will consider many factors regarding compensation awards, such as,
Why choose us?
At PA Duffy & Co Solicitors, we will approach your child’s case in a sensitive manner. We have had extensive experience in handling many personal injury cases and will provide you with our legal advice. We will help you make further enquiries and getting more information.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.