CHILDREN’S INJURIES – How to make a claim on your child’s behalf
Children, as minors, cannot make a claim for compensation for injury for themselves. If your child has been injured and as a result has experienced pain and suffering, you can take a case for compensation on his/her behalf as their ‘Next Friend’, a responsible adult who acts in the best interests of the child.
Statute of Limitations on Children’s Injury Compensation Claims
The Statute of Limitations is two years from the date of accident or date of knowledge in the case of medical negligence or product liability. If no proceedings are brought within the Statute of Limitation period specified, then the case will be Statute Barred, meaning that no case can be taken.
A child can commence proceedings for personal injury up to two years after he/she reaches the age of majority (18) of their own accord, regardless of when the injury took place during the first eighteen years.
Childhood Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims
There are exceptions to the rule in the case of childhood sexual abuse when the victim may not be mentally strong enough to take a case until they are many years over the age of majority, and indeed, some victims of childhood sexual abuse only feel able to take a case against their abuser in their 40s or 50s.
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