How do I apply and what are the costs?
The application process is fairly straightforward and can be completed by downloading the application from the CICA website. If you would prefer to instruct Hayward Baker Personal Injury Solicitors to deal with your claim it is important to be aware that the CICA does not pay legal costs and our costs and additional expenses, such as fees for access to medical records and the instruction of medical experts, may also be deducted from the compensation.
What happens next?
Once the application form is received a “Claims Officer” for the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority will commence an investigation to decide the eligibility and level of award. The police report of the incident will be obtained and statements may be taken from the relevant police officers. Your medical records will also be obtained and a further medical examination and report may be necessary if there is a need to do so in order to assess the level of compensation. Details of any out of pocket expenses will also be requested.
Once the CICA has investigated, and assuming the criteria has been met and an award intended, the applicant will be advised of the proposed award in writing.
Can I appeal If I think any compensation awarded is too low?
If you are unhappy with the award made it is possible to seek a review of the amount awarded. The CICA will pass the application to a more senior Claims Officer who will reconsider the award and make a further decision. It should be noted that the award may not necessarily increase on review and the more senior officer can make a lower award.
The benefit of having a specialist solicitor is that they will be aware of the system, its criteria and the appeal process and be able to identify the maximum CICA award is applicable.
We are happy to deal with your compensation claim on a ‘no win no fee’ basis which means that if the application is not successful we will not charge you a penny. In addition, if we are successful if your application and a compensation award is made then we will only charge you up to a maximum of 25% plus VAT for our services. We will only ask you to pay on receipt of your award.