Injuries involving Children
Parents are naturally protective of their children. However, this does not mean- as some of the press and Insurance Industry would have us believe- that they are quicker to bring claims when their children are injured than they would themselves.
However, the fact is that children are always potentially more likely to be injured than adults because of their lack of appreciation of danger and also their ability to unwittingly stray into unsafe situations.
Adults and public bodies have a responsibility to ensure the reasonable safety of situations where children are likely to be present. Because there are such a wide variety of these it is impossible to compile a comprehensive list but the following situations are ones in which claims have been brought successfully:
- Accidents in Children’s nurseries
- Accidents at school and on school trips
- Playground accidents
- Fairground accidents
- Theme Park accidents
- Accidents involving bouncy castles and other playground equipment.
Children’s claims are sometimes made more complex by the fact that insurers often try to raise a partial defence to the negligence of their policyholders by suggesting that either the injured child or its parent or guardian were partly to blame for the accident themselves. It is particularly important to obtain proper legal advice to deal with this commonly raised defence as depending on the outcome the difference in the value of the compensation awarded can be significant.
In addition any claim involving a child needs to be brought before a Court to be approved by a Judge. All aspects of preparing for and dealing with such hearings are dealt with by O’Neill Injury Solicitors.
The time limits for bringing a claim involving children are more complicated than those involving an adult. If your child has had an accident you should contact O’Neill Injury Solicitors as soon as possible after it happens- you are guaranteed to receive prompt and friendly advice from an independent qualified and regulated Solicitor- not a call centre operator or representative of an insurer.
At O’Neill Injury Solicitors you will also speak from the start with a properly qualified and experienced Solicitor who will in most circumstances be the person who takes on the case and who deals with it throughout.
We offer No Win No Fee Agreements to bring your claim