SettlementCentral.Com Newsletter

Issue 19

In this issue

Minor Claims

  • Is an Attorney Required to Present the Minor Settlement for Approval?
  • What Are the Costs and Fees For  Obtaining Court Approval for Settlement of a Minor's Insurance Injury Claim?
  • Who Pays for This Approval Process?

Settle-It-Yourself Newsletter

Hello!!  Welcome to the February edition of Settlement Central’s Newsletter.  We are pleased to share this newsletter with you, as our business is helping people get satisfactory settlements for their personal injury claims. 

In this issue, we will discuss the approval process in dealing with minor’s injury claims.

As always, we will post our articles on our website as they are sent out in the Settle-It-Yourself Newsletter.  Our readers will have a rich resource available to them, our hands-on battles with the insurance companies translate into useful and accurate information for our readers.


Minor Claims


Children (minors) are defined in most states as persons under that age of 18 years.  Minors are susceptible to injury, just as adults are. However, different rules can apply to settling their injury claim. For example, if the liability is in dispute and there is a serious injury to a minor who is a passenger in a car you were driving, you are not going to be able to represent the claim because you might be one of the defendants. If a child under the age of six is injured - for example, in a premises liability case - the insurance company is likely not going to be able to contend that he was comparatively negligent. It will be presumed that a child under six is incapable of negligence.
Finally, once you have negotiated and agreed upon a reasonable settlement, there are specific rules regarding the investment and safeguarding of minor awards, and techniques for saving on taxes and controlling distribution in future years, called structured settlements.  Basically, you will have to petition the court to approve your child’s settlement.


Please Click here, for frequently asked questions about Minor Settlement Approval, including:

  • Is an Attorney Required to Present the Minor Settlement for Approval?
  • What Are the Costs and Fees For  Obtaining Court Approval for Settlement of a Minor's Insurance Injury Claim?
  • Who Pays for This Approval Process?

Thank you for your interest in our site; we hope you will find us to be an excellent source for your own personal injury needs!!

Jeanine Steele

Publisher, Settle it Yourself Newsletter

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SettlementCentral.Com, Inc. is a Washington corporation providing general educational information, online, to personal injury victims throughout the United States on how to manage their own personal injury claims through the settlement process—from gathering the necessary information (evidence) to submitting claims and demand letters, through engaging in successful personal injury settlement negotiations with insurance companies. Our online instructions and self-help forms and letters are designed to make for easy insurance claims settlements in the areas of auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, dog bites, vicious animal bites, premises liability, and slip and fall accidents.

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