If you or a friend or family member have suffered a physical or psychological injury (or both) as a result of a violent crime you may be able to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government funded organisation that was created to provide compensation for innocent victims like you. CICA settlement payments normally range between £1,000 and £500,000.
You can make a claim direct online to CICA, but some people find this a lengthy and complicated process, so we can also help you make this claim. Our team of legal experts can liaise with CICA on your behalf, helping you build all the evidence and information required to support your claim, we’ll also help you through the appeals process if necessary.
The type of criminal injury you can claim for
If you’ve been injured as a result of a criminal injury you can claim for physical injuries, disabling mental injuries, sexual or physical abuse, the death of a close relative, funeral expenses, loss of earnings and expenses. Expenses might include adaptions to your home to accommodate your needs after the injury, walking aids, glasses etc. You may be asked for evidence like medical reports or receipts to support your claim, we can help you with obtaining the right information to make sure your claim is successful.
When you should claim for a criminal injury
You must report the crime to the police as soon as is reasonably practicable, we’d always recommend you to report it as soon as possible.
You should then submit your claim as soon as possible, in most cases the crime must have happened within two years of your claim, but this time may be extended if you’re claiming for childhood abuse or if your mental or physical health stopped you from claiming earlier. The ‘same roof’ rule has recently changed meaning that you can now claim for an injury inflicted by someone who lived with you before 1 October 1979.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a crime we’d always recommend for you to get in touch with us as early as possible to avoid missing out on your chance to claim compensation.
Who can claim for a criminal injury?
The following people can claim under CICA:
- A British citizen or EU or EEA national (or a close relative who has the right to be in the UK)
- A member of the armed forces (or a close relative living with them)
- A potential victim of human trafficking
- An asylum seeker
- A national of a country that has signed up to the Council of Europe Convention on the Compensation of Victim of Violent Crimes.
- If you’re ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK at the time of the crime.
No win No fee
We can take the hassle away from you make your claim through CICA, but even if your claim is successful you won’t be able to claim your legal fees. Therefore, we offer our service on a no win no fee basis, which means that as long as you adhere to the terms and conditions of your funding agreement, if your claim is unsuccessful you won’t have to pay anything. If your claim is successful, you will need to pay us for the time spent on your claim, so we will deduct a contingency fee equivalent to 25% of your overall damages amount inclusive of VAT.
If you, or a member of your family has been a victim of violent crime, contact Pryers Solicitors. Our experienced, professional and caring personal injury team will be at hand to guide and advise you through making a claim.
You can also call our offices on 01904 556600 and speak to one of our criminal injury specialist solicitors today.