Is it possible make a compensation claim for being bitten by a sheep on behalf of a child? My daughter was attacked during a trip to a visitor’s farm.
It is possible to make a compensation claim for being bitten by a sheep on behalf of a child, although your daughter cannot make a claim personally until she becomes a legal adult.
In accordance with UK law, children aged below 18 years are forbidden from taking legal action to recover compensation for a personal injury. A claim for a sheep bite could be delayed until your daughter’s eighteenth birthday, however if you believe your daughter is entitled to claim compensation for a farm injury it is recommended that you initiate proceedings promptly. Not only will you be able to recover compensation quickly, but it will also ensure that the claim has the best chance of being successful.
As a parent you are entitled to claim compensation for a farm injury on your child’s behalf by acting as her ‘litigation friend’. In order to do this, you will need to make an application to a judge to grant you the right to pursue compensation on your daughter’s behalf.
A judge will need to be satisfied that you are acting in your child’s best interests by pursuing the claim for a sheep bite, and you will be required to accept all financial responsibility for the compensation claim for being bitten by a sheep.
It is strongly advised that you speak with a personal injury about claiming compensation on your daughter’s behalf. The court is always involved when claiming compensation for a child; therefore you will require the assistance of a personal injury solicitor at some stage. He or she will help you in obtaining evidence to support the compensation claim for being bitten by a sheep and if it is successful the compensation award will be held by the courts and will be paid directly to your daughter when she turns eighteen. However if a proportion of the amount awarded is required to cover essential expenses such as medical costs then you can apply for an interim payment of compensation to be made.