Children’s Accident Claims
Children are naturally inquisitive and enjoy exploring new environments without fear or awareness of being injured. That can make them prone to getting injured almost anywhere; therefore, it is virtually impossible to protect them from danger at all times.
Every parent expects that their child will get the odd bump or scrape now and then, but there are situations where a child can become seriously injured. When this is due to someone else’s negligence there are much greater consequences. Most accidents involving children result in minor injuries, unfortunately on some rare occasions accidents result in severe injuries, permanent disability or even death. Even most minor accidents involving children cause distress for both the child and their family.
Accidents in playgrounds are most common types of in Scotland. Many are simply the result of children’s common playground antics; however, others are caused by faulty equipment or inadequate floor surfaces.
If your child has suffered an accident in a playground or school, or any other public area due to faulty or inappropriate equipment, or someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Duty of Care
Playground owners as well as local councils and schools must ensure that their premises are safe and fit to use. The law often imposes greater duty of care for minors to apply more protection from potential harm for children.
Some of the most common children’s accidents occur:
- At school
- At home
- On the roads
- In parks and playgrounds
- At fairs and theme parks
- On school trips
- In other public places
Making a claim for compensation for a child’s accident.
The younger the child and the greater the extent of the injury the longer a compensation claim will take. For example, if the child sustained an injury whilst very young then the impact of this may not become obvious until the child is older. It is important to determine the extent of the injury and evaluate long term consequences of any accidents involving children. Therefore, it’s important to carefully monitor any changes over time, as the consequences may increase as a child grows, in order to properly calculate possible settlement.
By law anyone under 16 cannot handle their own compensation claim, which means that someone else (usually a parent or a guardian) will need to be appointed to do so.
If your child has been injured due to an accident and requires full time care then no amount of money will be able to undo that. However, the money can help to pay for any specialist equipment, treatment or care that the child may need, hopefully improving their quality of life.