Childhood Personal Injuries – Can I Claim As An Adult?

Childhoods are care-free times imagination and play. One day you’re an astronaut, conquering galaxies and travelling at light speed across the universe in the cardboard box that your gran’s new reclining chair came in. The next day, using the same box, you’re a deepsea explorer, taking on vicious giant squid and fending off attacks from all manner of kraken. The next day after that, you have to go to your cousin’s birthday party and eat cake, but the day after that you’re right back on track as the world of cardboard box adventures is ready for round three. 

Childhood Personal Injuries - Can I Claim As An Adult?

With such active imaginations, childhood personal injuries are likely. Children are forever climbing into or onto or out of something that may or may not be intended for such playful purposes. Climbing frames are one thing, but when your parents are too busy to take you to the park, a few benches in the shopping mall or even the stairs between department store floors can double up as a makeshift play area. That’s why the duty of care is on the proprietor to ensure that all reasonable precautions and safety measures are in place to prevent an accident from occurring … otherwise, they may be liable (get in touch with a Manassas personal injury lawyer for more info).

Injuries to children

Although injuries to children are just as likely to happen to adults in the wider scheme of things, certain types of injuries do tend to occur to children more prevalently. For example, dog bite claims (which could involve psychological trauma that may develop in later life) are known to affect children more than adults. Falling from mezzanine floors in shopping centres and hotels is another injury that befalls children more than adults. And, depending on the geographical epicentre of certain road accidents (e.g. near to schools or parks), road traffic accidents generally affect more children than adults.  

Claiming as an adult 

If you suffered a personal injury as a child, and if your parents or guardians did not make a claim for personal injury compensation on your behalf, you may be able to make a claim as an adult. Typically, you are required to bring the claim within three years of your 18th birthday or within three years of discovering that you were injured due to a non-fault accident (e.g. an injury that you were told you were born with but was really an accident). Speak to a solicitor as soon as possible if you believe you may be eligible.  

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