A compensation claim can only be made by, or on behalf of, a person who has suffered a personal injury or illness that was the fault of someone else.
In most personal injury compensation claims, the person making the claim is the person who suffered the injury. That person has what is known as 'title to sue'. He is also the person who will benefit from any compensation that is awarded.
However, there are some situations where the person who suffered the injury cannot make the claim, either because, tragically, they have died, they are too young, or they are mentally incapable. In these cases, someone else can step in to act on their behalf - usually an Executor (in the case of a fatal injury), a parent or trusted relative.
Any compensation awarded in these cases will still belong to the person who suffered the injury (or his estate). It will not belong to the person who made the claim on his behalf.
If you are not sure whether you have a valid claim for compensation, for yourself or on behalf of someone else, give us a call on 0800 0891 331 or complete the form below. Our personal injury compensation lawyers can investigate and advise you on the best way to proceed.