Criminal injury compensation solicitors instructed to claim damages for injury sustained as a result of violent crime can use one of the three methods outlined below and while all may result in an award of compensation, only claims made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) are guaranteed to be paid.
The CICA is a government funded organisation that provides financial compensation to innocent victims of violent crime. The fund is available to all UK residents who may instruct criminal injury compensation solicitors to make application for an award following physical injury or mental trauma that resulted from a violent crime such as robbery, rape, child abuse, sexual assault among others. To qualify for compensation the injuries must have needed medical attention on at least 2 occasions and taken more than 6 weeks to heal. Compensation is also available to relatives of a victim who suffered fatal injury. The maximum compensation available in respect to fatal injury claims is £500,000.
After conviction a judge may order the offender to compensate the victim for personal injury and any other losses. In this case the Crown Prosecution Service, in consultation with the victim will make the request to the court. Unfortunately the award is often limited and many offenders fail to pay it.
A victim also has the option of pursuing compensation using the civil court system however this is only viable if the offender possesses substantial assets. It is highly recommended that the victim hires a competent solicitor, who will not only represent them, but also ensure that they receive fair and full compensation for their loss. In a civil suit compensation is not capped.
The CICA tariff scheme assigns an injury to one of 25 tariff bands. The band range is £1,000 to £250,000. Victims receive compensation for their three worst injuries. The worst Injury is awarded full value and awards for the second and third worst injuries are reduced by set percentage rates. The total personal injury award is subject to a cap of £250,000.
Victims who have been incapacitated for more than 28 weeks can seek compensation for lost wages, however the compensation will only be considered for period following the expiry of 28 weeks.
Other expenses that your criminal injury compensation solicitors can pursue for you include:
Our criminal injury compensation solicitors offer legal representation on behalf of innocent victims of violent crime. By applying the ‘no win no fee’ principle’ our clients are assured that a failed CICA application for compensation will not attract any fees. Further, clients are not required to fund the claims process or pay any money upfront. Under appropriate circumstances, our solicitors will appeal CICA decisions should your claim be declined or if the award amount is insufficient. Call us on our helpline to speak to a solicitor about your claim. You can also complete the contact form or send us an email. Our solicitors will provide you with legal advice at no cost on criminal injury compensation claims with no further obligation.SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7004