If you, a friend or a member of your family suffered the trauma of being a blameless victim of violent crime, you could be entitled to compensation from the Government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
Awards for compensation range from £1,000 to £500,000, depending on the severity of your injuries, and our dedicated team of solicitors here at Hayward Baker will work hard to secure you the compensation you deserve.
In accordance with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012, the CICA determine a victim’s eligibility by following a set of rigid criteria, with minimum conditions which must be met before an innocent victim of crime can apply for compensation.
You may be eligible for compensation from CICA if:
- You have been injured seriously enough to qualify for at least the minimum award of £1,000.
- You were injured in an act of violence in England, Scotland or Wales. An offender does not necessarily have to have been convicted of, or even charged with that crime.
- You have made your application within two years of the incident that caused your injury. (But the CICA accept applications outside this limit if in your particular case it was unreasonable for an application form to have been submitted within two years of the incident and there would still be enough evidence for them to consider the case.)
Further, there are other issues that can have a bearing on the decision to make an award of compensation. In particular, the application can be refused or the amount of the award can be reduced after consideration of the following:
- Your behaviour before, during or after the incident in which you were injured.
- Your unspent criminal convictions.
- Your failure to co-operate with the police or with the CICA investigation.
- Any failure or delay in taking reasonable steps to inform the police, or other appropriate authority, of the incident.
Our expert team helped a gentleman from the Isle of Wight who was stabbed in a racially motivated attack.
He was taken to the hospital for treatment and the police recovered the weapon used in the attack.
After investigating the claim CICA made an award of a £1,000.00. This award was assessed on the photographs provided by the victim of the residual scarring of his upper limb. The scarring being as a result of a two inch knife wound.
No award was made for the mental injury as under the scheme to qualify he had to have been seen by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. As he had not seen either of these medical experts his claim for psychological injury was rejected.
CICA work under very rigid rules with regard to their award tariff and therefore their offer was final. The offer was accepted and the case came to an end.
If you would like free, no obligation, advice from one of our CICA claims handlers please drop into the office, call the helpline, email or complete the contact form and one of our specialists will be happy to discuss your application with you.