While all accidents can be traumatic, those involving children can be particularly harrowing and often have repercussions for the whole family. Despite this, or perhaps because of this, in our experience parents and guardians are often unsure as to whether they can make a personal injury compensation claim on their child or teenager’s behalf.

As the parent or guardian of an injured child or baby, you are absolutely entitled to make a child accident compensation claim on their behalf from the date of the accident until their 18th birthday. Thereafter, your child has an additional three years to make a personal injury compensation claim, if you have not done so.

Why Thompsons Solicitors should be your first choice for child accident claims

Thompsons Solicitors’ personal injury solicitors have helped parents and guardians of children who have been injured in a range of accidents of varying severity since its foundation in 1921. These have included road traffic accident claims involving children, clinical negligence claims for birth injuries, misdiagnoses, accident at school claims and even, in the case of older children, still below the age of 18, accidents at work.

Our child accident compensation claim experts always act sympathetically and respectfully, and will ensure you and your child are fully supported during the duration of your claim.

We understand how awful it is to see your child injured or in distress, whether physically or emotionally, and that any financial redress will not take away your child’s suffering. However, making a child injury compensation claim may help secure their financial future or support the cost of any treatment or rehabilitation they may require in order to recover from their personal injury.

Our friendly legal team is available to advise you on whether you can make a personal injury claim for an injured child – call us today on 0800 0 224 224 for more information.


1. In which circumstances can I make a personal injury compensation claim for my injured child?

Just as with adults, there are many circumstances in which a child could be injured and eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Thompsons Solicitors’ personal injury lawyers have helped many parents across the UK whose children have been injured in road traffic accidents, or while in a public place, including injuries at school, as well as children, teenagers and babies injured because of clinical negligence. Our personal injury solicitors have even supported the parents or guardians of older children, below the age of 18, who have had a workplace accident or contracted an industrial disease.

Our legal specialists have also represented the families of children who have sadly died due to medical negligence or as a result of a road crash or pedestrian accident. 

2. How much personal injury compensation could my child receive for their injury?

That depends. Your injured child’s compensation will be calculated based on a number of factors, including but not limited to, the extent of their injury, its impact on their life now and any likely impact in the future. Any costs incurred at the time of the injury, and subsequently, will also be considered. Our personal injury experts can give you a better indication of how much your child personal injury compensation claim could be worth. For more information, contact us on 0800 0 224 224.

3. My child suffered a personal injury after an accident at school. Can I start a personal injury compensation claim on their behalf?

Yes. If your child suffered an injury at school that was caused by someone else’s fault then, as their parent or guardian, you are able to make a personal injury claim on the child’s behalf. Our personal injury solicitors can talk you through the process of making a personal injury claim for a child, and give you an honest opinion on the likelihood of your case being successful. 

4. When will my child receive their personal injury compensation?

Thompsons Solicitors prefers to settle personal injury compensation claims for babies and children by Court Approval. This means the court hears the case and a district judge approves the amount of personal injury compensation awarded. The money is then transferred to a special investment account for the injured child. The money can be accessed by the child when they are 18, though the court may allow the early release of some of the funds to cover the costs of any necessary special education or medical treatment, for example. 

5. How do I pay for my child’s personal injury compensation claim?

There are a few payment options available to parents wishing to start a personal injury claim on behalf of their children. Starting a compensation claim at what is often a distressing time, should not bring additional anguish. If you are a trade union member then you may be entitled to free legal support via your union’s legal scheme.

Otherwise, Thompsons Solicitors often recommends a ‘no win, no fee’, or conditional fee agreement for clients. This means that, should the claim be unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a penny in legal fees and you can start a claim safe in the knowledge that there is no financial risk to you. More information can be found on our Fees and Payment page.

6. All children suffer bumps and bruises at some point; how do I know if my child’s injury is serious enough to make a claim?

While any injury to a child feels serious and can have a knock-on impact on the rest of the family, there are things that may help you determine whether your child has been seriously injured to inform your decision about whether to start a compensation claim. These could include lengthy hospital stays or ongoing medical treatment for an injury, as well as any long-term implications the injury may have for your child’s development or prospects. As this can be complicated, feel free to contact our friendly team of personal injury experts for further guidance on 0800 0 224 224.

7. What kinds of accidents can lead to serious injury claims involving children?

Serious injuries can happen at any time and anywhere, but many of the child accident cases Thompsons Solicitors’ personal injury specialists work on are caused by road traffic accidents – both as passengers in vehicles and as pedestrians; public place accidents, such as at school; as well as medical negligence cases, including birth injuries. Some of the most common clinical negligence cases we deal with for children and babies involve cerebral palsy and congenital hip dysplasia. These types of avoidable accidents and medical accidents can often cause serious injuries to the child and result in parents or guardians pursuing child injury compensation claims on their behalf. 

8. Will my child need a medical examination to support a child injury compensation claim?

Yes. Medical evidence and reports are important in all personal injury claims. After beginning your personal injury claim with Thompsons Solicitors, our child accident lawyers will arrange for your child to see a friendly, professional, independent medical practitioner at a time that is convenient to you and your child, making the process as stress-free as possible for your family.

9. How do I start a personal injury compensation claim for a child?

If you believe your child could be eligible for personal injury compensation, you have a number of ways to get in contact with Thompsons Solicitors: you can fill in Thompsons Solicitors’ quick and easy, no obligation personal injury claim form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your case. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to speak to someone about starting a personal injury claim for a child, call us for free, no obligation advice on 0800 0 224 224.