How do I claim compensation for patient slipping in hospital showers for my five-year-old daughter?
To claim compensation for patient slipping in hospital showers for your daughter you or another legal guardian without a conflict of interest will have to speak on her behalf as her “litigation friend”. This is due to the fact that under UK law minors are not permitted to advise a solicitor or make a claim by themselves.
However because The UK Statute of Limitations applies somewhat differently when an accident injury victim is a child, she would have until she is 21 years old to make a claim. The Statute of Limitations was established in 1980 as part of the Limitations Act in order to put a time limit of three years for potential claimants to make a claim. This was to ensure that claims would be made while evidence was still recent and also so that negligent parties would not have to live in fear of potential litigation. This time limit will not begin for a child until they turn 18 years of age. This means that your daughter could wait until she is 18 and make her patient injury sustained from hospital showers claim on her own behalf.
There are a number of things she can do to strengthen her claim in the meantime, whether you choose to pursue her claim now or later. Her health should have been a top priority, since she was already in the hospital immediate professional medical attention should have been sought after she sustained injury. This would have ensured that her injury was given the best treatment possible and it will also provide a record of when the injury was sustained in her medical history. You should also write a detailed report of the when she was injured from slipping in hospital showers in the hospital’s “Accident Report Book”. If you were not there, have your daughter tell you everything she can remember and also try to seek out anybody who was present for witness testimonials and also include the names of any staff members who provided help afterwards.
It is still advisable to contact a personal injury claims solicitor with experience in dealing with hospital negligence claims such as claims for being injured from slipping in hospital showers at the first possible moment. Although your child may have until she is 21 to pursue a claim, it is still best to find out if her patient injury sustained from hospital showers claim is one that is viable and worth pursuing. If you solicitor believes that she has a considerable chance of success, they may offer to represent her legally in her claim for compensation for patient slipping in hospital showers.