Children are victims of accidents just like adults. In most states, though, anyone under the age of 18 is unable to file a claim on their own behalf. Subsequently, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to bring a claim on behalf of the child.
Additionally, the parent is in charge from start to finish. In short, the parent has all the power when it comes to making decisions. That being said, they should be concerned with doing what is best for the child at all times.
While it may not make sense, only the parent or guardian is allowed to work with a personal injury attorney while deciding to accept or reject a settlement offer. To take things one step further, once a successful claim is made the parent must then manage the money until the child reaches legal age.
A personal injury claim involving a child can be complex. Serious injuries often times lead to large settlements which are paid out over the course of many years. On the other hand, there are also regular settlements (typically smaller) in which the money is paid in one lump sum.
As unfortunate as it may be, children are involved in serious accidents every day. If you are a parent of a child who has been injured, contact a personal injury attorney in your area for legal advice and more information on your role in the process.