Our lawyers deal with claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Our criminal injury solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts and they settle claims using the no win no fee scheme. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.
When a person is injured in a violent assault they are entitled to make an application for compensation. Whilst the effects of any physical injury can be difficult to overcome, when accompanied by the emotional trauma of a violent attack, the incident can be devastating and victims may suffer serious long-term psychological damage. The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority scheme will pay compensation for psychiatric illness caused as a result of violent abuse including compensation for harm caused as a result of threats or harassment. Although money can never compensate for physical harm or anxiety it can help to avoid the extra stress of financial difficulties and it allows people to concentrate on reclaiming their lives.
There are a number of factors that determine the value of a criminal injury compensation claims award including :-
In order to justify a criminal injury compensation claim there are a number of CICA criteria that must be satisfied :-
The CICA pays compensation to the victims of violent crime. The amount of compensation that may be awarded following a criminal injury solicitors application to the CICA is based on a tariff system and calculated by reference to:
We will review the CICA matter initially at no cost and will deal with the application on a no win no fee basis. Once the case is accepted by our criminal injury solicitors they will agree with you the amount of legal charges that will apply in the event of a successful claim. No legal costs are payable by the CICA over and above any award they make to you. Legal charges will be deducted from the amount of any award.
If you have been the victim of a violent assault and wish to make application for a CICA settlement you should speak to a criminal injury solicitor to find out whether you have a valid claim and what action you should take to ensure that you receive fair compensation for any personal injury sustained. If the claim is rejected in full, you will need advice on review and appeal. In the claim is accepted you will in due course need expert legal advice on whether or not any offer made to settle the claim is fair and if not you will need advice on the appeals procedure. There are a number of reasons why a claim can be refused and if you are not eligible to make a CICA claim, a solicitor may be willing to take up your case for serious injuries using the no win no fee scheme to claim damages and costs through civil action in the local county court. If you have been injured in an assault within the last two years you should contact us. You will receive a complete professional service from lawyers who specialise in claiming compensation for personal injury.