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Accidents Involving Children – claiming on their behalf
Every year thousands of children are injured in accidents and have suffered injury, disfigurement and in some cases permanent disability. As expert child injuries solicitors, we appreciate that when a child suffers from an accident causing injury due to the fault of another party it is extremely traumatic to the child, parents and family members. Whatever the type of accident to the child we will advise you in clear terms if there is a reasonable prospect of making a successful claim for your child.
Who Makes the Claim?
Normally a parent or guardian will claim on behalf of the injured child. If the child has suffered the injury under the age of 18, they are classed as ‘minors’ or ‘infants’. As child injury claims solicitors we act for parents and / or guardians of the ‘minors’ to help them make an successful child accident claim for the child (minor).
What is the time limit for child claims?
Unlike Personal Injury law for adults (who have 2 years from the date of injury to issue a claim) a parent or guardian can commence the injury claim for the child 2 years from the date of their 18th birthday rather than in normal cases 2 years from ‘date of knowledge’. So if a potential claimant was a baby or infant at the time of injury, although we don’t recommend waiting this long, legal action can be taken up to their 20th birthday. With all personal injury claims we advise seeking legal advice as soon as possible. This law is in place for children as it’s not always possible to define the long term physical or psychological consequences of the injury the infant has suffered until they have reached maturity.
What happens the injury claim?
Generally the claim monies awarded to the child will be invested in a court approved fund until they reach the age of 18. But if the child requires urgent care or medical attention, the judge can decide that a portion of the childs claim money can be released for the childs benefit.
At Synnott Lawline Solicitors we specialise in PIAB applications. We provide expert advice throughout the entire process and ensure that each and every client receives our full care and attention. We ensure that the Board adheres to the time limits imposed on it and deal with all queries from the Board on your behalf.
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We are one of Irelands’ leading Personal Injury Claims Law Firms and have been providing expert legal advice on all types of injury claims for over 30 years. Our team is dedicated to providing the very best level of service in a friendly and efficient manner for all aspects of claims. See our page on personal injuries claims.
This booklet has been produced by Synnott Lawline Solicitors to give our clients an understanding of the personal injury claims process. In some of our correspondence during the course of your claim, we will make reference to the relevant sections of this guide by way of explanation of the particular aspect of your claim.