If someone else’s negligence led to your child suffering a brain or head injury, you are entitled to claim compensation on their behalf. We work on a no win no fee basis, meaning there’s no financial risk to you if you don’t win your claim.
Whilst the majority of personal injury compensation claimants make a full recovery, the implications of brain or head injuries are far more serious and the prospects of a full recovery may be slim. There can be very little that is more traumatic, emotionally devastating and life crushing than your child suffering such an injury.
Serious brain injuries in children can change an active, independent and healthy child into one needing extensive permanent care and expensive alterations to a family home. Parents often have to stop working to look after their child, and families in this situation understandably struggle to cope. Symptoms can include total amnesia, loss of motor function, paralysis and often leave the child requiring intensive 24/7 care for the remainder of their life.
At Direct2Compensation we appreciate that discussing the details of an accident involving a child will be a difficult process. With this in mind, you can rest assured that Direct2Compensation will work with you at your speed, and as you wish, to ensure that you are able to obtain a just and sound outcome for your child’s compensation claim.
The accidents leading to such claims are usually associated with dangerous situations, a high speed road traffic accident, for example, often as a pedestrian being hit by a 3rd party vehicle, falls from height or whilst taking part in organised activities such as rock climbing or other similar sports on school trips. However, even accidents that often appear innocuous can lead to catastrophic head injuries in children, including a slip on a hard floor or hitting a pothole on the road whilst cycling.
Making a successful compensation claim
As with all claims for personal injury compensation, the key element to a successful claim is to be able to prove an organisation or person liable for the accident that lead to the child sustaining their injuries. This could be as a result of negligence by a school, or organisations such as scouts, guides or a sports club, a driver, a local authority highways department or any other business or organisation that is responsible for the location where the accident occurred.
We understand that you may be uncertain if your child has a viable claim for injury compensation and that you will be distressed and concerned about their future. If you contact us at the earliest opportunity to discuss your situation, we can help you to understand your rights and what you may be able to do to win compensation.
Why claim compensation?
With the consequences faced by a child, their parents, siblings and wider family being so stark and distressing, the motivation for making a claim for injury compensation is obvious. A child who has suffered a serious head injury is likely to have brain damage that will require permanent care support for the rest of their lives and, if they are to be able to live at home again, expensive alterations to the family home to make it suitable for their needs. In many cases some of the symptoms are invisible, particularly with memory loss, brain damage or loss of certain senses such as taste or smell. When viewed in this light, it is clear that a child should be fairly compensated.
Such injuries are likely to involve a lengthy stay in hospital and this could be some distance from the family home. This will cause the parents and loved ones of the child to incur large expenses in terms of travel to and from the hospital. Whilst this is not something that a parent would worry about at the time, it can form an important aspect of a claim. A successful claim could enable the parents to reclaim the costs that they incur whilst visiting their child in hospital and for lost income after having to take time off work.
Further, a settlement can include an element to cover medical costs, provide money to pay for ongoing care fees and pay for a home environment to be altered and converted.
A successful claim will provide a settlement that can pay for private medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to maximise recovery potential and enhance the quality of life for the child. It can provide funds to enable a parent to reduce their work commitments so that they can become a full-time carer for their child. A settlement will fairly compensate the child for their injuries and provide financial aid to cover the costs that future care will require, and the parents for any costs or losses incurred.
Claiming on behalf of a child
Legally, any person under the age of 18 years is unable to make a claim for themselves. As a parent, you can make a claim on behalf of your child and act in their best interests. This situation is known as acting as a ‘litigation friend’. In most cases, this person will be the parent or legal guardian of the child.
How Direct2Compensation can help you
We have the experience and knowledge to help you make your child’s brain or head injury compensation claim regardless of how the injury was caused. Over the years we have successfully assisted many claimants and helped them to find the right specialist injury compensation solicitor.
Direct2Compensation know your rights and can help you to understand whether the specifics of the accident are such that you are likely to win compensation if you make a claim on their behalf. We can advise you on important issues, such as helping you to make sure that the details of your child’s accident and injuries have been properly reported and recorded to the right people, and can also give you a good understanding about how the no win no fee claims process works.
Direct2Compensation work with some of the best expert brain injury solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your claim.
To find out more about your compensation rights or to start your injury claim today, call us on 01225 430285 or if you prefer, we can call you back. In just a few minutes on the telephone with you, we’ll obtain the initial information needed for our solicitors to commence a claim.
Direct2Compensation are regulated by the Claims Management Regulator in respect of regulated claims management activities. Our authorisation number is: CRM33541, details of which can be found on the regulators website at www.claimsregulation.gov.uk