Child Accident Claims

Children can be injured in the same way as adults. They are often involved in accidents through no fault of their own. If your child has been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, as their parent or guardian you can make a personal injury claim for compensation on their behalf. They can also wait until they are 18 and claim for themselves. It is important to choose the right solicitor with the expertise to handle your child’s case. Talk to any of our team for friendly advice on the best way to secure compensation for your child.


No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors

Stonehewer Moss Solicitors, based in Northwich, is one of Cheshire’s leading personal injury claims solicitors, accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and with vast experience and an extensive record of compensation claims success for accidents and injury to children.

We handle the majority of cases on a No Win No Fee basis. Watch this short video to learn more.

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What types of child accidents and injuries can I claim for?

Here are examples of the types of child accident and injury claims Stonehewer Moss can help you with:

  • Accidents at school
  • Accidents in a public place
  • Road traffic accident – passenger or pedestrian
  • Cycling accident
  • Criminal assault
  • Accidents at work e.g. part-time jobs for under 18-year-olds

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What will I get Personal Injury compensation for?

There are two types of injury compensation that you may be entitled to. The first, called ‘general damages’, and is awarded to compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by the injury. The second type of injury compensation, called ‘special damages’, covers actual financial losses and expenses arising from the injury. This can include lost earnings, care given to you by your friends and family, costs of treatment, travel costs and various other expenses including future losses.

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What will I get Personal Injury compensation for? – Video Transcript

A lot of clients ask us ‘What can I claim compensation for?’. For most claims, there’s two different aspects to it. There’s General Damages and there’s Special Damages. Your General Damages relates to your injury aspects of your claim, which is your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. That takes into account obviously how bad the pain was, how long you suffered for and what it’s impacted in your life in terms of what you can and can’t do now going forwards. In addition to that you’ve got your Special Damages which is your out-of-pocket expenses. These are loss of earnings, care and assistance, travel, it might be a sports membership or something like that that you can no longer use due to the accident. It’s obviously for the claimant to always prove their losses on those ones. So if you’re unaware of how to prove it, or what you need to show it, you can either check out one of our other videos or give us a call and we can go through it with you.

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What is the limitation period for a personal injury claim?

There are certain limitation periods for making a personal injury claim and some exemptions too.

The Limitation Act stipulates the date by which you can make a claim after you have had an accident. In most cases, this is three years from the day the accident occurred. After this time, you cannot easily make a claim unless there is some special reason why you should be allowed to do so. For example, if you were unable to deal with your own affairs for a period of time.

There are exceptions, for example, the limitation date for children who have an accident when they are under 18th. is their 21st birthday. That is three years from when they became an adult. 

If your injury was not caused by a one-off event, for example, a repetitive strain injury, then the three-year timeline only starts to run on the day you became aware you had an injury as a result of the negligence of a third party. This might be the day you are diagnosed with a condition by your doctor.

There are a lot of exceptions to the three-year limitation date rule (you might only have one year to make a claim if your accident was in Spain or two years if it was on a boat) so the best advice is to give us a call and we will tell you where you stand.

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What is an interim payment in a personal injury claim?

An interim payment in a personal injury claim is an amount of money paid by the insurance company for the Defendant to the Claimant prior to settlement of the claim. For example, in some cases, people often cannot get back to work immediately and consequently have a much-reduced income. In such cases, we can often make an application for an interim payment for you to alleviate any short-term financial difficulties.

In larger cases where someone has been very seriously injured, we may ask for an interim payment to enable works to be undertaken on the injured persons’ house to make it more accessible, for example, a walk-in shower or to lower the kitchen work surfaces for a wheelchair user. 

What is a no-win no-fee, no success fee claim?

A no-win, no-fee, no success fee claim is when a claimant pays only the solicitors basic charges without any additional success fee on winning a personal injury claim funded on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

Dominic Moss explains more in this video:

What is a no-win, no-fee, no success fee claim? Video Transcript

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What is a Personal Injury Success Fee?

There are two liabilities for your lawyers costs if you win your case, basic charges and then success fee on top. These are the legal costs liabilities that you normally incur if you win your personal injury claim funded on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

These two items are added together to make your total liability for your solicitors’ charges. Only then, do some solicitors limit your liability for their costs with an overall cap, which is often 25% of your award of compensation, but this can be more or less depending on the firm.

So, for example if you are awarded £10,000 you might, in many cases end up with £7500 in your hand and pay 25% or £2500 to your solicitor.
At Stonehewer Moss we can offer a 0% success fee option. This means that if your claim is of high value or settles early, it is very likely you will end up with more money in your hand than you would’ve done if you went with a solicitor who charged you a success fee on top of their hourly rate.

In addition at Stonehewer Moss we EVEN LIMIT your liability to our basic charges so that is no more than 20% of your compensation and on a simple mathematical approach 20% is always going to be less than 25%, so your overall liability for costs in every case will be less, if you instruct Stonehewer Moss solicitors rather than a firm who charged you 25% of your damages.
Legal costs for personal injury cases are very complicated to understand and it may be that the above information is something that you have to read a number of times to be able to get your head around. If you’d rather have a chat, we will happily explain it to you over the phone or in person if you prefer.

We are an ethical, responsible, and accredited firm personally lawyers, looking to help genuine claimants who have suffered an accident related injury through no fault of their own, and have, perhaps lost earnings, perhaps had life changing injuries.

We are always pleased to explain anything you want to discuss about making a claim, at no charge, so that if you decide you want to go ahead with us, on whatever basis is best for you, you’re completely happy that you’ve made the right choice.

What is a success fee – video transcript.

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What happens to the awarded compensation?

If a claim is made by a parent or guardian, the financial compensation awarded is put into a secure trust fund until the injured child turns 18 years of age. However, a parent or guardian can make a request to access these funds to cover essential costs such as medical expenses if required.

If the claim is made by the injured child once 18 years of age, the compensation sum will be paid directly to the claimant.

Is personal injury compensation taxable?

No. Your compensation is usually net of tax. Any claim for loss of earnings will be paid less any tax and National Insurance you would have paid. If you are claiming benefits related to your accident, your award might be reduced to repay these benefits. If you are claiming benefits not related to the accident, your lump sum award may affect your entitlement to benefits. We can help you with this by creating a personal injury trust.

How much will my claim be worth?

The value of every compensation claim for a child accident and injury depends on the seriousness of the injury as well as the chances of them making a full recovery.

In handling your claim, we will also look at other financial aspects such as medical expenses, including any long term medical expenses that you may incur for life-changing injuries that require ongoing medical treatment.

Whatever the nature of your child’s injury, our aim is to get you the highest amount of compensation as quickly, amicably and stress-free as possible.

How do I make a compensation claim?

A parent or guardian can make a claim for compensation on behalf of an injured child (a minor) – they are known as their ‘Litigation Friend’. This person must be independent; meaning if a parent is to blame for the accident sustained by the child, they cannot act as the child’s Litigation Friend.

However, if the parent or guardian has not made a claim on behalf of an injured child, once they turn 18 years of age, they can make a compensation claim themselves. They have three years from the day that they turn 18 to make the claim.

We offer a Free No Obligation Case Review so that we can understand more about the accident circumstances and to advise you on whether or not you have a claim.

We will guide and support you throughout the personal injury claims process, dealing directly with the third parties and insurers if required on your behalf to secure the compensation your child deserves for their injuries, quickly and amicably.

Why choose us?

Personal Injury Specialists

We are specialists in personal injury law with a proven track record in securing compensation.

No Win, No Fee

We offer a no-win no-fee claims service to ease the financial pressure on you.

Free Initial Consultation

You can arrange a free no-obligation case review to help you decide if we’re the injury lawyers for you.

Accredited Firm

We are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), demonstrating our experience specialist expertise in personal injury law.

Personal Service

We will support you throughout the claims process, providing a personal, friendly and compassionate service, with local home and hospital visits if required.

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