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Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Children

29th May 2010
By Lindsay Nolan in Personal Injury
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Children often get into accidents due to mischief and as a result of these accidents parents have to pay for all damages on their own. At times children get into accidents due to no fault of their own or due to negligence of others. At such times parents can claim a personal injury claim to compensate for medical expenses incurred due to the accident. This article will elaborate on all you need to know about making a personal injury claim for individuals under the age of 18.

The school is supposed to be a safe place for children where they do not have to worry about injuring themselves on the playground due to the negligence of the school. At times school authorities do not take adequate measures to prevent accidents from happening on school grounds and in such cases parents are allowed to file a personal injury claim.

An instance of a child hurting himself on the playground due to the school's negligence would be if he is playing on the slide and the child hurts himself due to the slide's rusty edges or broken edges. Another instance of a child being hurt on the playground is if the climbing frame of the various games are set too high and the child hurts himself while playing on a toy that is very hard to climb although the school authorities state that the toy is meant for kids his age.

Slips or trips are not common in schools but at times due to negligence there are open holes on school grounds or the floor of the hallway is wet. If the child slips or

trips due to no warning sign being posted near the danger area then the school is liable to pay for compensation. If an accident occurs due to no fault of the child while he is on a school trip authorized by the school then the parents can definitely file a claim for negligence. Parents can also file for compensation if their child is injured in a school bus accident that occurs on the road.

Since school authorities always try their best to pin the blame on children for accidents at school it is always advised to hire a solicitor if you are convinced that the accident occurred due to no fault of your child. The solicitor you hire will strengthen your compensation claim by using documents, witnesses and other things to prove that your child was not to blame for the accident at school. In order to file your case you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer who either works independently or in an accident settlement company. The primary advantage of opting for a solicitor who works in an accident settlement company is that you do not have to pay for legal services offered by this legal professional.
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