How to Handle Personal Injury Claims for Children

by: Attorney Noyes

7/3/20241 min read

When a child is injured due to someone else's negligence, the legal process for personal injury claims involves special considerations to protect the child's rights and future.

Understanding the Legal Process: Personal injury claims for children are different from those for adults. A guardian or parent must file the claim on behalf of the child. Courts carefully review settlements to ensure they serve the child's best interests.

Compensation for Injuries: Compensation may cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and future costs related to the injury. It's essential to accurately estimate long-term needs, as children can face lifelong impacts from their injuries.

Structured Settlements: Courts often favour structured settlements for children. These settlements provide periodic payments over time rather than a lump sum, ensuring ongoing financial support as the child grows.

Statute of Limitations: The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is usually extended for minors. However, it's crucial to act promptly to gather evidence and witness testimonies while they are still fresh.

Role of a Guardian ad Litem: In many cases, a guardian ad litem may be appointed to represent the child's interests in court. This ensures that the settlement or judgment is fair and adequate.

At Noyes & Associates, we understand the complexities of handling personal injury claims involving children. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to securing fair compensation and protecting your child's future.

If your child has been injured and you need legal assistance, contact Noyes & Associates today. We're here to help you navigate the process and ensure your child's rights are fully protected.