Can I bring a claim on behalf of my child?
One of the questions most frequently asked by families who have been the victim of medical negligence is “Can I bring a claim on behalf of my child?”
The simple answer is yes, provided you are the child’s parent or legal guardian. As a general rule they have longer to bring the claim, with the deadline usually being their 21st birthday.
Due to the child being unable to act in their own capacity until the age of 18, you will need to act as their Litigation Friend. If the claim is successful, the settlement will be approved by the court as an extra safeguard to make sure that it is appropriate. The compensation will then be held on Trust and invested on behalf of your child until they reach their 18th birthday.
There are several methods of funding available for claims involving children, including no win, no fee agreements and our specialist Personal Injury Solicitors can advise you further in this regard.