If your child is injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf for personal injury.
Children do not have a legal capacity to bring a claim in their own right and so, you as their parent or guardian, would act as ‘Tutor’ to bring the claim on their behalf.
Examples of Types of Accidents
If your child has been injured in any of the above examples, there may be a claim for compensation available, depending on the circumstances of the accident and whether it was due to the negligence of someone else.
What Can Be Claimed
Depending on the severity of the accident, some injuries may have long standing effects on your child. If a claim is available, then compensation could be claimed for the following:
Time Limits for Lodging a Claim
In New South Wales, there are time limits within which to bring a claim. A claim must be brought within the following periods, whichever is first to expire:
For motor vehicle accidents:
For other claims:
A cause of action is “discoverable” by a person on the first date the person knows or ought to know each of the following:
(a) that the injury has occurred;
(b) that the injury was caused by the fault of the defendant; and
(c) that the injury was sufficiently serious to justify bringing an action.
If the claim is successful how and when your child receives the compensation
If the claim resolves by way of a settlement, the settlement sum must first be approved by the Court. The money is then generally paid to the NSW Trustee & Guardian or a Private Trustee to hold in trust until your child attains 18 years of age.
How Gerard Malouf & Partners can help you
Call our office on 1800 004 878 and book an appointment to speak to one of our experienced solicitors to see if you may be able to make a claim for your child.