Minor Settlements

| Jun 24, 2020 | Firm News |

 

Did you know that the statute of limitations on the injury claim of a minor does not begin to run until their 18th birthday? Claims on injuries to minors are often pursued even 5 to 10 years after the injury occurred.

When a minor is offered an award from an at-fault party, that award must be recommended by a court appointed settlement guardian and approved by the court. This process is referred to as a minor settlement court proceeding. In every case where the injured party is under the age of 18, a minor settlement court proceeding must be commenced, even if no lawsuit has been filed on the underlying claim. In many cases no percentage of fault can be assigned to a minor for the injury.