Children are prone to accidents and sometimes there is nothing parents can do about it. However, when other people are responsible for causing injuries to your children, you have the knowledge that a child injury compensation claim can provide a sufficient amount of money to ensure that they receive the best possible medical attention. Of course, this is probably furthest from your mind at the moment that you discover your child has been injured. Once you have ensured that they have received appropriate medical treatment, it is best to consult a solicitor in respect of making a claim for child injury compensation.
The key to ensuring that an adequate and appropriate amount of child injury compensation is awarded is to use the services of a specialised personal injury claims solicitor from the very beginning of your child injury claim. Although you do not need legal representation until the stage when court approval for the payment of child injury compensation is required, having a solicitor assist you through the application process could influence the amount of child injury compensation that is assessed. Furthermore, should there be an issue over liability at any stage of the proceedings, your solicitor will be right up to speed with the case at that point and there will be no need to delay your child injury compensation claim.
Making a Child Injury Compensation Claim
A child injury compensation claim is usually made to the Injuries Board Ireland with the child´s parent or guardian acting as their “next friend”. The only exception to this would be in cases of medical negligence which are resolved by medical opinion rather than physical fact. An application to the Injuries Board Ireland can only be made by post (not online in the case of a child injury compensation claim) and has to be accompanied by the medical report and any accident report relating to your child´s injuries.
Your solicitor will advise you of any special damages you are entitled to include in your child injury compensation claim in respect of out of pocket expenses and loss of earnings from taking your child to and from hospital – and the costs involved in attending an independent medical examination so that the Injuries Board Ireland (or the court in the case of medical negligence claims) can make an assessment of child injury compensation.
The liability issues mentioned above may come as a result of the negligent party denying his responsibility for your child´s injury or claiming that your child contributed to their injuries by their own actions. In these cases, the Injuries Board Ireland will decline to assess your child injury claim for compensation and will issue you with an authorisation to pursue your claim through the courts. This is a further area in which an experienced personal injury claims solicitor will be able to advise you.
Free Child Injury Claims Advice
If you would like to know more about what you may be entitled to claim for when your child has been injured in an accident for which they were not wholly to blame, you are invited to call our free child injury claims advice service on 1800 911 940. Our service enables you to speak directly with a solicitor and discuss your child injury compensation claim in complete confidence. We will be able to offer you helpful and practical advice in respect of claiming child injury compensation, and provide you with information about how much child injury compensation you could expect to receive.
Call us now on 1800 911 940 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free child injury claims advice service, you will discover that we will be sympathetic to your concern over your child´s accident and the injuries they have sustained. We will listen carefully as you tell us how your child´s accident happened, what injuries were sustained and how they were treated.
We will aim to answer all your questions about a child injury compensation claim as clearly as possible, and check that you understand the advice we are giving you in our answers. Once we have established that there is a child injury claim which is worth your while to pursue, we will advise of the procedures involved and the length of time your child injury claim may take to resolve.
If you are already in the position where you have submitted an application form for child injury compensation and been approached by the negligent party´s insurance company with an offer of early settlement, we can advise you whether their offer of child injury compensation represents a fair and adequate amount, and negotiate on your behalf if necessary.
We tend to conclude each initial conversation with a summary of what we have discussed and provide you with a list of options to consider. You are under no obligation to act on any of our suggestions and you may like a little time to consider our advice or discuss your options with family and friends. If you later find that you have more questions, you are of course welcome to call our free child injury claims advice line again.
The number again is 1800 911 940, and our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm, seven days a week. We also operate a call-back service, so if now is not a convenient time to speak with us, kindly leave your contact details in the form at the foot of the page and one of our helpful team will be back in touch with you.