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A parent or guardian will act as a litigation friend in order to make a claim for compensation following the accident up until the child reaches 18 years old. Once a child reaches the age of 18 they have three years to make a claim for compensation themselves, assuming that compensation has not already been claimed by their parent or guardian.
A litigation friend has to be independent which means that if a parent or guardian was to blame for the accident they cannot be appointed litigation friend. The other parent, a grandparent or other close relative could act on their behalf instead.
Compensation awarded to children is usually transferred into court funds and put into a Special Investment account which is paid out to the child when they reach the age of 18. Monies are paid into court following a Court Approval Hearing, a hearing held by the court in a child injury claim when a Judge is asked to approve the amount of compensation being awarded. In limited circumstances the court may be prepared to release some of the funds prior to the child reaching the age of 18.
A claim for a child can be funded by way of a No Win No Fee agreement and here at NGA Solicitors it is our policy not to make any deductions by way of a success fee which many other solicitors might claim under the terms of the No Win No Fee agreement they have with you. Please note that strict terms and conditions apply.
Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in pursuing claims on behalf of children of all ages.
Please contact our specialist personal injury lawyers at our offices in Burnley and Colne, Lancashire for more information.