Murder is a common law offence and is charged as a result of an unlawful killing of a person by another, whose intent was to cause serious bodily harm or kill. This offence carries mandatory life imprisonment and a murderer will only be released if they are no longer deemed to be a threat to society.
Our murder compensation claim solicitors deal with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) using the no win no fee* scheme. Most of the fatal injury claim applications to the CICA are as a result of murder. As with all other CICA cases, apprehension, prosecution or conviction of the attacker is not a pre-requisite to making a claim. The general CICA rules apply in all cases of unlawful killing including:-
Compensation payable for fatal injury claims differs from non-fatal injury claims. Below is a summary of the award system for fatal injury including murder:-
Reasonable costs for funeral expenses will be paid to the estate or any other person who paid for the funeral expenses. No other monetary compensation is payable to the estate of the deceased.
A fixed sum, determined by reference to the current tariff band for murder is payable to the claimant(s). If there is more than one claimant, then each claimant will receive one half of the amount of the tariff band for murder. This sum is awarded to the following persons provide they were not responsible for the death of the victim:
The sum paid is in line with payments on death in civil negligence personal injury claims and does not take into account any dependency claims.,/p>
As long as the deceased person was not already in receipt of social benefits, the victim's dependants can make an additional claim for financial support. CICA regulations outline the relevant calculations for financial support by dependent cohabitees as well as children. The CICA will take into consideration the applicants and the deceased income, liability and expenses as they calculate the award payable. The maximum award under this category is £500,000.
Our murder compensation claim solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulations Authority panel of personal injury experts. We offer initial free advice for murder compensation claims. Our solicitor will review the potential claim and advise you on its value. Where appropriate, we will handle any appeal on your behalf for rejected claims or if the amount awarded is inadequate. You can reach us by completing the contact form or calling our helpline or via email. Our solicitors are at hand to answer any queries without any further obligation from you.SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7004