Cases involving minors or protected parties can be sensitive, but we have dealt with numerous claims under these circumstances. Through our expertise and understanding, we try to make the claims process as smooth as possible so this time isn’t even more difficult for the protected party and their family and helpers.
We recently settled a case for one of our clients who was out shopping when an unfortunate incident occurred…
Cathy was on her way home after running errands when she was struck by a vehicle. The force of the impact caused her to be thrown up onto the bonnet and then down onto the ground. An ambulance was called and she was rushed to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital for treatment.
Doctors treated Cathy for cuts to her head and a broken leg. She was in a lot of pain and remained in care for several weeks before being discharged.
Cathy contacted us about a personal injury claim and during her interview she showed signs of confusion. We then talked to her daughter and found out Cathy had early onset Alzheimer’s, making Cathy a ‘protected party’.
An adult who lacks capacity to conduct the proceedings is a protected party and must have a ‘litigation friend’ to conduct the proceedings on his or her behalf. In Cathy’s case, the litigation friend was her daughter.
We pursued the claim for Cathy’s injuries and a settlement for £45,000 was received. Both the claimant and her daughter were very happy with the outcome of the case.
If you have questions about making a claim on behalf of a protected party, we are here to help. Give us a call at 0800 954 0243.