CRIMINAL INJURY COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Our team of dedicated criminal injury solicitors can help you receive compensation if you have been injured in a criminal incident. For a free consultation please call 0161 207 2020.
Being a victim of criminal violence is an extremely distressing experience and can have lasting effects on your life, and the lives of your family and loved ones. If you have been injured in a violent crime (eg. assault, sexual abuse, domestic violence) and suffered either physical or psychological harm, then you may be entitled to claim criminal injuries compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
Our dedicated team of experts will fight to secure you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
How We Can Help You Claim Compensation For A Criminal Injury
Our criminal injury solicitors have specialist experience of dealing with criminal compensation claims and have been doing so for many years with compassion and understanding. We have helped people claim compensation for a range of incidents, including:
- sexual abuse
- hit and run incidents.
We can even help you claim compensation if the offender of your attack wasn’t caught or convicted, provided that you have co-operated with the police.
About Criminal Injuries Compensation
CICA claims are paid out by reference to a tariff scheme up to £50,000. The injury must be sufficiently serious enough to warrant a payment of at least £1,000.
Compensation can be awarded for:
- injuries (both physical and psychological) to the victim
- a loved one dying as a result of a violent crime
- loss of earnings
- being a victim of a sexual offence
- cost of private medical care, support and rehabilitation.
There are certain conditions which must be met before you can start a criminal injuries compensation claim, including:
- It is essential that any crime is reported to the police or relevant authority as soon as possible. You must also co-operate with the police during the investigation so that the perpetrator can be prosecuted, although a claim is not dependent upon a conviction.
- The incident must have happened within the United Kingdom. Any claim must usually be presented within two years of the incident (or within two years of the victim’s 18th birthday if a minor when the incident occurred). There are some limited exceptions to this so please still seek advice if you are unsure.
- Your injuries must meet the minimum award of £1,000 and normally the CICA will require disclosure of your medical records.
Our specialist team understand that every criminal injuries compensation claim is unique, so we tailor our services to meet the individual needs of every client who has sustained a criminal injury, from a legal, physical and emotional perspective.
Our services go above and beyond just legal advice, including rehabilitation, medical treatment and support, benefits advice and financial assistance.
Our aim is to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, as well as helping you get the necessary levels of support and care you need to rebuild your life following such a distressing experience.
Would like to thank Tracey Horton for all her assistance in a difficult case.
Mrs Hughes, Ashton-under-Lyne – October 2014
HOW TO MAKE A CRIMINAL INJURY COMPENSATION CLAIM
Our criminal injury solicitors are fully trained in understanding the scheme and compensation rules in order to ensure a successful outcome for our clients.
To help us build your case, you will need to provide the following when you contact us:
- contact details for any medical expert who has provided treatment
- the police reference number (please contact the police if you are not sure what your unique police reference number is. This number is sometimes called a Crime Reference Number)
- the name of the offender (if known)
- the date of any court case.
Criminal injury compensation claims do need to be handled differently to general personal injury claims, often taking several years to conclude, so it is important that you choose a solicitor who has the specialist experience to deal with the claims and who understands how the CICA process works.
If you have suffered as a result of a criminal injury, please call our team for a free confidential consultation on 0161 207 2020, request a callback or start your claim online using our dedicated form.
All claims are handled on a no win no fee basis (a contingency fee agreement) and we will talk you through how these claims work and keep you up to date at every stage of your claim if we feel it is valid.