Minor Applicants (children under 18)

Children’s personal injury claims are handled differently from those when an adult has been hurt in an accident which was not their fault. While the claim must go through the Injuries Board like all other Personal Injuries claims, the issues that differ for minors are;

  • A parent or guardian has to represent the child acting as their “next friend” when dealing with both the injuries board and any proceedings.
  • Children have two years from their 18th birthday in which to make a child accidents claim, rather than the two years from the “date of knowledge” allowed to their parents
  • All settlements for child accidents claims – whether assessed by the Injuries Board, litigated in court or settled by negotiation – have to be approved by a judge before

At the end of the case you will need legal representation in court for approval of the child accidents claim settlement, hiring a child injury solicitor therefor should ideally be approached at the earliest possible moment once it is suspected that your child has suffered an injury to the negligence of somebody of someone else. The solicitor will be able to establish whether or not your child has a sufficiently strong children’s claim for compensation and guide you through the process of initiating child injury claims for compensation which are relevant to your child´s circumstances.

Houlihan Solicitors can provide you with impartial and practical advice about the further stages you may have to go through. Our objective is to give you the information you need to make an educated decision. If your child has been involved in an accident for which they were not wholly to blame, and you would like to discuss your entitlement to make a child accidents claim for compensation we invite you to get in touch with us on 061 502 090 or email info@houlihansolicitors.ie.

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