When children are involved in an accident causing serious injury, it is obviously extremely concerning for their parents and anyone who loves them and looks after them. Their welfare is naturally paramount and their care-givers will be rightly focused on their immediate needs if their injuries require treatment.
Some accidents are inevitably caused by children testing their boundaries or behaving in naturally immature ways, but sometimes safety measures which were designed to minimise or eliminate risk to children are not followed correctly, resulting in a serious injury.If a child is injured due to the negligence of someone else, a child injury claim could help to place their family in a financial position to cover the additional expenses associated with caring for that child.
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It is especially important to retain the services of a specialist personal injury solicitor for compensation claims involving a major change to a child’s life such as a serious injury which perhaps involves time off school and rehabilitation.
Emotional reactions of the family to the impact of the injury can restrict their ability to follow procedures within the time limit allowed.It is important to make a claim quickly yet thoroughly and a solicitor can help you with this process.
If the child’s condition may benefit from rehabilitation, their needs will be assessed via a medical examination and any adjustments to their home or the family car will be arranged immediately, with no need to wait for the outcome of what can sometimes be a lengthy process of claiming compensation. Look for solicitors who subscribe to the Rehabilitation Code of Practice to ensure your overall welfare is prioritised at all times, meaning that your immediate needs are met and any support is offered holistically, whether financial, physical, emotional and mental.
One of the key benefits of following this Code of Practice is that it promotes early rehabilitation, which has health benefits to the individual and economic benefits to both the individual and society.This should be sought even when there is no admission of liability by the defender of the claim, because early treatment can have long-term impact on both their ability to recover and the time it takes them to do so. Even when there is no immediate admission of liability, the defender is encouraged to consider whether there may be a partial admission later on in the claim, in order to agree to rehabilitation.
There is a strict three-year limit from the date of the accident to complete a successful claim.
You should make sure you have all the relevant documents to start your claim, such as the police incident number, insurance and registration details of the negligent driver, and all receipts for expenses associated with the accident.
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