Child injury compensation claims

We secure children the compensation they deserve

We create a supportive network around injured children and their family

Independently accredited as personal injury experts & recognised as child brain injury specialists

Officially rated as a top tier personal injury law firm

Child injury claims handled with sensitivity

‘We believe an injury claim should secure compensation to cover all the child’s needs. We are passionate about protecting their future and persevere to achieve this’

As a parent, few things can be more traumatic than a child suffering a life-changing injury. Understandably you’ll be worried about (1) their recovery, (2) who will fund future treatment and (3) how to secure long-term care. We are experts in ensuring that all our child injury settlements fully provide for them, whilst handling everything with sensitivity.



We have the expertise to secure your child appropriate compensation

Parents inevitably worry about the impact of an injury on their child’s education, siblings, friendships and, of course, their physical and emotional development. We know what needs to be put in place to ensure the compensation claim is successful. To achieve this, we coordinate a highly respected network of experts who can support you and your child’s claim.

We accurately calculate lifetime costs

We work with the best paediatric doctors and experts to predict your child’s likely needs as an adult. We understand the importance of painstakingly identifying all the anticipated expenses and costs during both their childhood and their adult life. Our approach will help to ensure the compensation lasts your child’s lifetime, giving you ultimate peace of mind. Find out more about protecting your child’s compensation.

We can place a specialist expert team around you and your child

At Royds Withy King we understand that, in some circumstances, the specialist needs of your child may extend for many years to come. Using our expertise and contacts, we are able to structure a team around the child to ensure that their care, rehabilitation and quality of life is protected by a team of highly experienced and dedicated professionals. We do this in unison with the family, to create a long lasting network of support around the child.

To understand more you can visit our special page on how we create a team around the client. Or if you have any questions, please contact us for a discussion on how we can help you.


Our credentials

“What the team is known for: Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are all very approachable and friendly, and I think that’s the culture that exists throughout the firm. They are a close-knit team.” “They have that mentality of looking after the client first as opposed to their own interests. They always do what’s best for the client.” Notable practitioners: Stuart Brazington (Band 1) offers particular expertise in serious spinal cord and brain injury cases. According to one interviewee, he “knows his cases extremely well” and “has good judgement about which points are likely to be important.” Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) covers a broad range of personal injury matters, including animal cases, sports injuries and motorcycle accidents. Sources describe him as “always very impressive” and note that he’s “very good with clients.””  Chambers 2017 Somerset

“What the team is known for: Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including equine matters, industrial disease cases and cycling accidents. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accident cases, as well as offering significant experience in catastrophic injury claims. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They were all empathetic but businesslike, and this formed absolutely the right mixture. Their advice was delivered to me in exactly the right way.” “They were brilliant and supportive.” Work highlights Acted for a professional jockey in a claim arising from a racing accident in Australia that resulted in complete paraplegia. The case was partially tried at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Advised the widow of a man killed by a bullock, bringing precedent-setting liability claims under the Animals Act. Notable practitioners: Ian Carrier (Band 1) offers extensive expertise in catastrophic injuries, with a particular focus on spinal and brain claims. Impressed clients describe him as “very experienced and knowledgeable,” and note that he “has a genuine interest in you as a person.” He is also praised for his creative approach to complex cases. Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) draws on a wealth of experience in severe injury claims, including paediatric cases and those involving complex neurological issues. She frequently acts as a trustee in high-value settlements. According to one impressed source, Helen Childs (Band 2) was “absolutely superb from the outset” and had “phenomenal attention to detail.” She is held in high regard for her focus on major asbestos-related claims.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King sits on the panels for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Headway. Department head Louise Hart handles amputation, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, PTSD and facial injury matters. Stuart Brazington is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West

“Royds Withy King, Tracy Norris-Evans is renowned for brain injury and paediatric work, and ‘shrewd lawyer and tactician’ Richard Brooks specialises in claims involving animals. Also recommended are Ian Carrier, who is adept in spinal injury claims; and Helen Childs, who leads the industrial diseases practice.” Legal 500 2016 South East


Royds Withy King is home to a high-quality team of personal injury lawyers who represent the victims of a wide range of injuries. The firm's Court of Protection and Trusts departments are highly beneficial to these clients, many of whom have suffered severe spinal and brain injuries.
Chambers & Partners UK 2013

FAQs

We mobilise a team of highly specialist experts.  We direct this team to identify all the elements of the child’s life that will need support and calculate the amount of money it will take to ensure that the child’s lifetime needs are met.

This includes, but is by no means limited to; medical expenses, travel costs, equipment and if any adaptations are needed within the family home; adapted adult accommodation, environmental controls, therapeutic support, care and case management, loss of earnings and pension and deputyship costs.

Once a total sum is calculated this is then reviewed by the court and decided upon in a process known as an ‘infant approval hearing’.

With many types of personal injury claim you have three years from the incident occurring, or three years from the point at which the injury became apparent, to make a claim.  However, with a child claim the period is extended for three years from the date the child attains adulthood, that is until 21 (unless as an adult the child will be incapacitated in which case time will not start running until the incapacity ceases).

If a child’s parents or guardians chose not to make a claim, then upon turning 18, until the age of 21, the child has the right to bring about a compensation claim.

Despite this, it is rarely a good idea to put off bringing about a claim for compensation. This is because much of the investigation relies upon documents being sourced and witnesses being questioned. As more time passes, there is a greater likelihood of these becoming lost or being untraceable.

If you feel your child may have a claim then the important thing is to contact us and we can discuss your options with you.

The injured child will be the legal owner of the money. To protect the compensation it will be invested on their behalf until they reach the age of 18 years old. At this point it will be paid to them plus any interest earned.

If money does need to be released for the child’s benefit, then it is possible for some money to be released. Any payments will however need justification and will be subject to the judge’s discretion.

 

If there is no dispute about who is responsible for the injury then a request to the Defendant or an application to the Court can be made to obtain a payment on account before the case settles.  This can help fund ongoing expenses or help to pay off debts which have been incurred.

The injured child will be the legal owner of the money. The compensation will be protected in a number of ways depending on the severity of the injury, and the amount of money awarded.

If money does need to be accessed for the child’s benefit, then it is possible for some money to be released. Any payments will however need justification and will be subject to a judge’s discretion if a professional trustee or deputy has not been appointed (typically in larger settlements).

This depends on the age of the child and the nature of the claim. However, if a child does need to be present, the hearing will normally take place in something called a Judge’s chamber, which is like a large, private office. These spaces can be more comforting and less stressful for all involved.  We will, of course, be on hand to guide you through the process.


Contact us now and find out how we can deal sensitively and effectively with child injury claims. Call 0800 923 2068 or emailing pi.enquiries@roydswithyking.com