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Child injury compensation claims

Bullet point icon We secure children the compensation they deserve

Bullet point icon We create a supportive network around injured children and their family

Bullet point icon Independently accredited as personal injury experts & recognised as child brain injury specialists

Bullet point icon 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. Demonstrates further skill in the area of asbestos-related diseases.

“I feel there is a strong culture within the firm that fosters excellence delivered in a friendly, approachable way,” reports a source.

Another interviewee states: “They are the best local firm for me to deal with as their whole focus is professional and efficient.”

Work highlights:
Represented a claimant who suffered serious brain injury, in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case worth £15.8 million.

Notable practitioners:
Stuart Brazington (Band 1) leads the brain injury team and possesses notable expertise in serious spinal cord injury claims. One source highlights: “He’s a brain injury specialist; it’s a tricky area and he’s very good at it. He knows a lot about medicine as well as litigation tactics.”

Senior associate Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) offers particular strength in severe injury cases arising from accidents involving animals, sports and motorcycles.

Louise Hart is Recognised Practitioner.”
Chambers 2018 Somerset

“What the team is known for:
Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including industrial disease cases, cycling accidents and equine matters. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accidents as well as catastrophic injuries, with a focus on brain and spinal injuries.

Interviewees praise the lawyers’ involvement in each case: “They are very supportive of clients, you get the feeling that it’s not just business to them. They work well in teams, are responsive and quick to get back to you.”

Others agree, and attest the success of this ethos: “We were never made to feel like a case, we were treated with open communication as we if we were in a partnership. The attention to detail and professionalism of the lawyers led to great results.”

Notable practitioners:
The “tenacious and excellent” Ian Carrier (Band 1) focuses on catastrophic injury work, primarily spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. One client states: “He has strong communication skills, and excellent and far-reaching technical knowledge. We could not have asked for a better partners, it was just superb case management.”

Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) is highly reputable in claims of high complexity and severity including paediatric cases as well as those with complex neurological issues. One interviewee states: “She is very thorough and has an exceptionally good manner with clients. She is someone who inspires trust.”

Helen Childs (Band 2) is a specialist in industrial diseases and is especially noted for asbestos litigation. One client attests: “She is an expert in this field, which was paramount. She worked tirelessly and went to the moon and back for us. She was empathetic and genuine, nothing was too much trouble.“”
Chambers 2018 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King’s personal injury team has ‘a wealth of experience and a very client-focussed approach’. It is ‘very strong on brain injury claims’ and provides an overall ‘excellent’ level of service. Particular areas of expertise include spinal injuries, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, amputations, asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents as well as claims arising from accidents involving animals, in particular horses. The ‘vastly experienced’ team is jointly led by Louise Hart and Stuart Brazington. The ‘tenacious’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Hart has ‘unrivalled’ experience in acting for clients who have sustained a personal injury with subsequent chronic pain’ while the ‘highly competent’ Brazington is ‘a very good strategist’. Senior associate Mark Hambleton, whose specialisms include sports-related injuries, is ‘client-focused’. The practice’s recent caseload includes representing a client who had suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury in a multi-million-pound claim before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) First Tier Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.”
Legal 500 2017 South West

“The ‘excellent and forward-thinking firm’ Royds Withy King in Oxford, which ‘strikes the right balance through quality advice and great client care’, was created through a merger between law firm Royds and the Bath-based Withy King in September 2016. Team lead Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in brain injury and paediatric claims and also acts as a professional deputy, while the ‘experienced practitioner’ Ian Carrier is known for his spinal injuries and fatal accidents work and has ‘impressive attention to detail and case preparation skills’. Other notable individuals are Richard Brooks, who regularly handles animal-related claims and ‘knows equine matters inside out’, and industrial diseases expert Helen Childs. As a result of the merger, James Millar Craig, who gained experience in permanent health insurance cases, was added to the team. The ‘highly organised, knowledgeable and approachable’ associates Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James joined from Boyes Turner and Irwin Mitchell, respectively. Especially recommended in ‘asbestos-related claims’, Seavor represented a client who had developed mesothelioma through his occupation at a railway company from the late sixties to the early seventies; he wanted the claim to settle during his lifetime and accepted an offer of £230,000.”
Legal 500 2017 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


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