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Warnings over ‘toxic’ slime borax ingredient

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Warnings have been issued over a ‘toxic’ slime borax ingredient that children may be being exposed to unsafe levels of.

The popular children’s slime toys have been tested by consumer group Which? and the results are worrying.

They tested 11 of the most popular children’s slime toys and found that eight of them contained levels of boron – a chemical in borax – that were above recommended safety levels. It’s understood that the ingredients lists may simply say ‘contact lens solution’ which contains borax, the levels of which are not actually listed.

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Can a child make a claim for personal injury compensation?

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In England and Wales, anyone under the age of 18 is usually classed as a minor in terms of legality. A minor can’t bring a claim for compensation themselves, although a responsible adult may act as their ‘litigation friend’ and bring a claim on behalf of the child.

When bringing claims on behalf of a minor, the key consideration is always to have the minor’s best interests in mind. The important thing to know though it that the answer to the question in the title of this article is “yes” – a child, with a litigation friend, can bring a claim. So, read on for more information about how it works.
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Children Injured at School – Insight in to Compensation Claims

We’re very in to giving the best advice we can right from the start – so when I read an article from the Express that discussed children claiming from schools, I thought I’d better write about it given the nature of the contents.

The article itself is reminiscent of the majority media news stories about claims – rife with tired cliches like the “compensation culture” and “ambulance chasing lawyers”. For anyone who has had to make a claim for compensation having been injured through no fault of their own, suffering serious injury and losing thousands of pounds in earnings, these stories can be insulting.
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Serious Child Injury Compensation Solicitors

As our name suggest, we are THE Injury Lawyers and that means we only represent victims for personal injury compensation claims. That means we are the experts in the field, and we represent victims of both minor and serious life altering injuries.

In the worst nightmare situation when your child is seriously injured through no fault of their own, claiming for compensation might not be the first thing on your mind. But if someone is at fault, it’s important to instruct a law firm to represent you and your child for a claim because they may be due hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds in compensation which can provide them with the highest quality of life given the circumstances.
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Playground Accident Claims – Injury Lawyers Advice

When I was a kid, there was nothing I loved more than going down to the local park and swinging madly on the monkey bars and climbing on frames. Whilst many kids now remain indoors in front of the TV or computer consoles, local playgrounds are still in frequent use.

Kids will be kids – so accidents on playgrounds can be fairly common. But what happens if your child is injured on a playground because of some kind of defect or problem with the ground or the equipment? Can you make a claim for personal injury compensation for your child?
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If Your Child Gets Injured in School, Can You Claim?

Unfortunately, once they reach school age it’s difficult to be with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and therefore accidents can/will happen where its your child who is the injured one.

So, can you make a claim for compensation if your child has been injured during school hours?

These types of claims can be very difficult, as teachers and schools can only be expected to do so much and they cannot be expected to watch children every minute of every day. However, there are certain incidents that may warrant bringing a claim. Some of the most common situations are:
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Can You Claim if Your Child Gets Injured at School

Children unfortunately end up with cuts, bruises and sore heads from time to time after some vigorous playground fun or just simply because children can be unsteady. The question is can you claim compensation if your child becomes injured at school? Simply put you may be able to, but they can be very difficult claims and are very circumstantial.

Usually a claim such as this comes from an occupier’s liability perspective –  by this I mean accidents arise from defects on school premises such as faulty equipment or uneven ground, and it is the occupier of the premises (i.e. the school) who then have the responsibility. These claims can proceed just like any other occupier’s claim and therefore there are certain requirements to help your claim move along:

  1. Photographs- Try and obtain photographs of what has injured your child!
  2. Reports- Has the accident been reported to the school?
  3. Witnesses details!

All of these things can help your child’s case and can make the claim more likely to succeed.
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Children’s Accident Claims

Children are extremely curious – coupled with their lack of fear, often end up with bumps and bruises. Sometimes, however, children can be involved in accidents that are a lot more serious.

Accidents can happen anywhere, from in the school playground to being a passenger in a vehicle.

If your child has been injured in an accident through no fault of their own, it may be possible for you to make a children’s compensation claim on their behalf.

You can make a claim for your child up until they reach the age of 18. They will then have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim themselves if not already done so by a parent or guardian. A parent or guardian making a claim before then is called the litigation friend. The Litigation friend must be independent and therefore if the parent was to blame for the accident, they cannot act as the litigation friend. a grandparent or close friend can always act on their behalf instead.
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Does Whiplash Compensation For Children Get Put Into A Trust?

Please note that the information below may not apply to accidents that occur in Scotland. Therefore if you are looking for advice on child settlements in a Scottish claim please contact us direct.

When you have been involved in an accident, it can already be an upsetting time. However, when your children have also been involved this can make the scenario 10 times worse, especially if your child is injured. Fortunately, it is possible to pursue a claim on behalf of a minor (any persons under the age of 18) and therefore this may help make the situation appear clearer and go towards compensating for the distress involved.

So how does pursuing a whiplash claim for a child work? It is relatively simple. Primarily, the child will need what is called a litigation Friend to undertake the day to day running of the case. This is usually a parent or guardian, but can be anybody that is close to the child and most importantly acting in the child’s best interest.
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Children Whiplash Injury

Contrary to some beliefs, children can sustain a whiplash injury. Generally they may not be as badly affected as adults, but a car accident can easily leave your child suffering with the same symptoms in the neck, back, and shoulder area.

Whiplash is caused by the ligaments and tendons in the neck, back, and shoulder areas being stretched beyond their normal range of movement. So this can happen whether you are an adult or a child.

Children have the right to make a claim in exactly the same way an adult is entitled to. There are a couple of differences to the claims process – for one, the child will need a litigation friend to act on their behalf, given that the law doesn’t commonly allow them to bring a claim themselves (rather obviously). This is normally a parent or guardian / family member, and can even be you if you were in the same accident.

The other major difference is that an Infant Approval Hearing will normally take place at the end of the claim. This is a simple hearing for a Judge to confirm that they are happy with the amount that has been accepted between us and the other insurers. As the child is under the age of 18, the Court should always intervene to make sure that any offers that are agreed are fair to make sure the best interests of the child are looked after.
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