Serious Injury Claims for Children
Serious injury to a child can have a shattering and long-term impact on the entire family.
It brings a whole range of emotional, financial and practical worries, placing enormous pressure on everyone involved.
When a child is injured, either as a baby, toddler or teenager, the last thing on your mind will be a claim for compensation.
However, there is only so much the NHS and community health services can do.
Securing the right level of compensation will help your child’s recovery and ensure the very best:
- education and personal development;
- care and support;
- medical treatment and nursing care;
- physical therapy;
- equipment and accommodation;
- long-term financial planning and short-term financial assistance.
Obtaining the best package of support as quickly as possible gives your child the greatest chance of recovering to lead a productive, fulfilling and independent life.
Hiring the right law firm to represent your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever take.
Experience is critical
It is vital you choose a law firm with years of experience handling successful claims for seriously injured babies and children.
Serious Injury Law have that experience.
Over the last three decades, we have brought many successful claims for children injured in accidents involving:
- walking or running across or close to a road;
- passengers in a vehicle / train / aircraft;
- falls from height;
- accidents in a public place (fairground rides and escalators);
- children exposed to violence;
- accidents involving sporting / adventure activities;
- injury from dangerous products / food / medicine;
- accidents caused by parent(s) or other family members;
- medical accidents – including accidents at birth.
We provide a highly personalised service.
We recognise that acting on behalf of children not only requires a very high standard of legal expertise, it also requires compassion and understanding.
We know only too well that parents will want to concentrate on their injured child, but will also have important commitments to take care of, including other children, family members and work.
We will meet with you at the hospital or your home to discuss the legal process, providing straightforward and practical advice at a time and setting most convenient to you.
In appointing Serious Injury Law, you can be confident that we will take away all the worry and stress associated with bringing a claim for compensation, leaving you to concentrate on all your other responsibilities.
Steps you should now take
The law protects the rights and interests of children, ensuring they are not taken advantage of during the litigation process.
As such, claims on behalf of children are subject to many rules and considerations that adult claims are not.
It is important you retain a specialist team of solicitors with expertise and experience of acting for seriously injured children to ensure the best possible outcome for your child and family.
Only experienced serious injury solicitors understand the importance of not rushing to agree compensation settlements.
A rushed claim, settled on the basis your baby or child seems to be recovering well, may unravel if the injury does not recover as expected.
Problems that were not considered at the time of settlement may emerge a number of years later, so it is essential you are aware of the long-term implications of your child’s injuries and disabilities.
In 2009, my 13 year old son was hit by a car which caused serious injury to his brain. I had previously been told by the Police that we probably wouldn’t have a case to pursue compensation, but as times became more difficult financially because of issues arising from the injury, I contacted Serious Injury Law in 2011.
They quickly responded and Ben Priestley, one of the partners, came and visited myself and my family to help assess our situation and concluded that there was, in fact, a strong legal argument to make a claim.
In November 2016, the judge approved the compensation that Ben had negotiated (£12.3million) – money that will go towards rebuilding my son’s life and help pay for the level of care that he now needs. I can’t thank Serious Injury Law and in particular Ben Priestley enough for all their hard work – the support and advice they have provided throughout the case has been invaluable and went well beyond the call of duty