Child injured by glass wins accident compensation
A 6 year old child from Brighton in Sussex, suffered cuts to her face when she fell through a glass door at the flats where she was living. The door should have been made of safety glass. If it had been, then the girl would not have suffered these injuries. The girl’s mother asked us to pursue a compensation claim on her behalf. Accidents involving children are common and we are regularly consulted by parents and guardians of children who have been injured. We agreed to take on the claim on a no win, no fee basis.
The child had to undergo significant medical treatment and a medical report from a plastic surgeon was obtained to support her legal claim.
The insurers of the flat put forward an offer to settle the claim. Because this was an injury to a child a barrister was instructed to provide a second opinion on whether or not the offer put forward was sufficient. The barrister concluded it was.
The compensation settlement also required the approval of the court. We therefore applied to the court and the judge approved the settlement. The agreed sum of compensation (£25,000.00) was then paid into the Court Funds Office to be invested for the child’s benefit until she reaches the age of 18.
Courts will sometimes agree to compensation being released to the parents if there is a financial need, and we are always happy to make that request.
Although the usual limitation date for a personal injury claim is three years, a child has until their 21st birthday in which to bring a claim on their own behalf. However, we always advise people to pursue children’s claims early on, as the later you leave it the greater the danger of important evidence being lost.
If your child has been injured by glass then call us now for free initial guidance on claiming compensation on 0808 139 1590.