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Criminal Injuries

Most people are aware that, if they have been involved in an accident that was not their fault, they are entitled to bring a claim for personal injury compensation. But what if it wasn’t an accident? What if you have suffered injuries or psychological damage as a result of someone else’s criminally violent act?

In the UK, a significant percentage of the most life changing and serious injuries are the result of a crime of violence. For example, you could potentially be the victim of a mugging and suffered either physical injuries such as being stabbed, or a fracture or broken limb, or you could still be suffering from PTSD after the event. You could have been sexually abused recently or historically as well. All of these events, as well as more, can give you a potential claim for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Scheme.

CAN I CLAIM COMPENSATION UNDER THE CICA SCHEME?

In order to claim compensation under the CICA scheme, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • The incident was reported to the police within 48 hours or as soon as reasonably possible
  • Your injuries are serious enough to meet the minimum award that would be granted, or would qualify under the tariff of awards
  • The incident occurred within the past two years (in special circumstances, these may be waived)
  • The incident occurred within England, Wales or Scotland
  • You have no unspent criminal convictions other than driving offences

WHAT CRIMINAL INJURIES CAN I CLAIM FOR?

If you have been the victim of a violent crime that has left you with injuries, then you may be entitled to claim criminal injury compensation, which can range from £1,000 to £500,000 depending on the event that occurred and the extent of your injuries. This can be claimed under the Scheme for:

  • The injuries themselves – both physical and psychological
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Loss of earnings (past and future)
  • Special expenses (past and future including the cost of treatments, aids and care)
  • A fatality caused by a crime of violence (compensation for this can include bereavement payments, payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency, and funeral payments)

There are a number of grounds (some of which are challengeable) on which the CICA can refuse to make an award, or make a reduced award. These can include situations where:

  • The victim has a criminal record
  • The incident was not reported to the police or the victim failed to cooperate with police investigations
  • The victim still lives with the person who injured them

DO TIME LIMITS APPLY TO MY APPLICATION FOR COMPENSATION?

In most cases, applications to the CICA must be made within two years of the incident in question. Historical sexual abuse cases will often be an exception to this rule. Since the process can be a lengthy one, even with skilled representation, applications should be made at the earliest possible opportunity.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

We understand that many victims of criminal injury may find it difficult to speak about what they have been through. You are guaranteed complete confidentiality and sensitive and experienced legal advice when you turn to us for help with your situation.

Here at Hodge Jones & Allen we have a specialist team who can provide you with step by step assistance with your CICA application.

Our Personal Injury Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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