The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (or CICA) is a scheme run by the Government to compensate victims of crimes of violence. Many victims do not realise they are entitled to compensation unless Victim Support or the Police advise them that it is possible to make a claim, leaving many eligible victims applying for an award which can range from £1,000 to £500,000 depending upon the severity of your injuries.
A criminal injury is seen as any type of personal injury, physical or psychological that is the direct result of a crime, including sexual assault from the most serious rape to inappropriate touching.
Part of each claim involves obtaining; GP Records, Police Reports, Court Records and CRB checks, all of which takes time, which is why the process usually takes over 12 months and can become complex and frustrating, especially if your application is not accepted, however, we work extremely hard to review rejections on your behalf so you will not have to deal with it should this arise. If necessary, we can also arrange to represent you in court.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority may ask you to make an advance payment of £50.00 for obtaining medical evidence from your GP or hospital, however in some cases, they can agree to have the fee deferred until the end of the case, in which the fee will be deducted from your compensation.
To qualify, you must meet these criteria:
1. The incident was reported to the police within 48 hours or as soon as possible.
2. Your injuries are serious enough to meet the minimum award of £1000
3. The incident happened within the last two years (in certain circumstances this can change, but this will be discussed with you)
4. The incident occurred in England, Wales or Scotland.
5. You have no unspent criminal convictions other than driving offences.
It is important to note that the CICA scheme enables you to make a successful claim even if an offender is not identified, caught or convicted. The crime must have occurred within the last 2 years of applying for compensation, although in certain circumstances this can be extended. You also cannot have caused or contributed to the crime itself.
Our Middlesbrough based specialist solicitors appreciate how being a victim of criminal injury may have a significant effect on your everyday life. Whether you have suffered physical and or psychological effects, which has affected your mental health and/ or ability to work. Compensation can significantly help you in this situation and can ensure you receive the best possible treatment in order to recover from your ordeal.
Our solicitors will work to get you the compensation you deserve and all consultations will be strictly confidential. For more information about the CICA process, click here…
There are funding arrangements available and in most cases we work on a No Win, No Fee basis, however our solicitors will be able to advise you of this upon your initial meeting.
Every instance of sexual or physical abuse is different and it can happen to anyone, and we understand that it can be extremely difficult to talk through your experience, so our specialist team will be on hand to guide you through the process with compassion and reassurance that we will work to get you the justice you deserve.
Some of the common forms of abuse cases our solicitors can deal with:
• Abuse suffered in local authority or foster care, or failure of social services
• Abuse suffered by someone who’s in a position of responsibility and trust, such as a priest, teacher or sports coach
• Abuse suffered within organisations such as scouts or sport clubs
• Abuse suffered within the family
• Abuse by a health professional
• Abuse suffered as an adult
• A single incident of a sexual or physical assault
Claims can be made if :
• You were the victim of the crime
• A family member died as a result of the crime
• You witnessed the crime happen to a loved one
• You had to pay for the funeral costs of the deceased
Items that can be claimed for are:
• Your injury
• Loss of earnings
• Funeral costs
• Children payments
You can make a CICA claim yourself, but we would recommend appointing our solicitors who can give quality advice and assist you in your application to the CICA to compensate you for your criminal injury.
If you have already received compensation but are not satisfied with the amount you have already received, we can also assist in making an appeal to the tribunal in order to recover a more acceptable amount. Our personal injury department can advise you on your options.