Accidents involving children can be the most distressing of all, especially when the accident is due to another person’s negligence. Depending on where the accident took place, how severe the injuries are and any long-term results of the accident, you may be in a position to claim on behalf of your child.
However, when the welfare of a child is affected, emotions can run high and knowing if you’re able to start legal proceedings, let alone knowing how to start them can seem overwhelming.
If your child has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you need to talk to a solicitor who can advise you about any redress your child and family may be owed. To find out whether you can make a claim on your child’s behalf, please complete an Online Enquiry now, call us on 01 872 3143 or email us on [email protected]/.
Common Accidents Involving Children
Bumps and grazes are part and parcel of growing up and it’s impossible to protect your child from the inevitable bruises and scratches they acquire as they grow up. However, when an accident is due to somebody failing to meet his or her duty of care, it’s far more distressing when you know the accident was avoidable.
There are numerous circumstances in which children may have been caused avoidable harm and each situation will be unique. However, we’ve supplied more detailed information about some of the more common accidents involving children below:
What to do when your Child has an Accident
When a child suffers an accident, emotions run high. However, once you have identified that your child’s accident is a result of someone else’s negligence it’s important you collect as many details about the accident as possible. These details include:
- Where the accident took place
- What time the accident took place
- Who was with your child at the time of the accident
- Photographs of the area where the accident took place
- How the accident happened
- Details of injuries sustained
- Gardai details
- Garda number
Claiming For Accidents at Schools & Nurserys
Accidents at school are not uncommon, but this does not make them acceptable. If your child has been injured due to the negligence of a teacher or supervisor, or due to even the antisocial behaviour of another child, you may be able to make a claim for compensation on your child’s behalf. Although this will not completely account for the pain and suffering your child has experienced, the financial reward can help towards any rehabilitation your child may require.
Ensuring Your School or Nursery Claim is Successful
In order to make a successful school claim, you will be required to demonstrate that another individual is directly responsible for your child’s accident. There are certain things you need to do to that will help aid your solicitor in assisting you and your claim. These include:
- Reporting the accident to a teacher as soon as possible
- Ensuring that the accident is entered into the school accident book
- Gathering as much information as possible about your child’s accident, such as:
- Names and addresses of teachers, staff members and children involved
- Photographs of the injuries your child suffered
- Photographs of the area where the accident happened
- Receipts for any costs incurred as a result of the accident, such as medical fees and travel costs.
Once you have these details, it’s important to talk to a solicitor to get the claim process underway as soon as you can.
At Gibson & Associates Solicitors, we have expertise when it comes to claiming for accidents that took place in school or nursery environments and will be able to provide you with both the advice and support you need. Our team will handle the case for you and will use the extensive resources at their disposal to ensure you receive the maximum award for your child’s injuries.
Accidents Caused by Dangerous Toys
Accidents involving toys are becoming more common in Ireland and the injuries received by children can be very serious. From choking to physical harm caused by faulty parts, any injuries sustained by children using toys that are not safe are simply unacceptable.