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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 compensation. But what if it wasn’t an accident? What if you have suffered injuries as the result of someone else’s intentional and violent act?

In the UK a significant percentage of the most serious and life changing of injuries, including psychiatric injury, brain damage and spinal cord injuries, are the result of a crime of violence. Such violence can range from shootings and stabbings to sexual abuse.

If you have been the victim of a violent crime then you may be entitled to compensation

There is a government Scheme in place to compensate the victims of violent crime. This Scheme is managed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). If you have or you know someone who has suffered an injury as a result of a crime of violence, it is important that they are aware that they may well be entitled to compensation under this Scheme.

The CICA can award anything from £1,000 to £500,000 to victims. This is the case even if the offender is not identified, caught or convicted.

Compensation can be claimed under the Scheme for:

  • The injuries themselves – both physical and psychological
  • Loss of earnings (past and future)
  • Special expenses (past and future including the cost of treatments, aids and care)

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 include 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

Time limits:

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 opportunity.

We can help:

We understand that many victims 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.

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

Our Criminal Injury Specialist Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of Personal Injury Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible results. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.