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Assault Compensation Solicitors - UK CICA Claim Lawyers

Our assault compensation solicitors assist victims in making claims for personal injury to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) on a risk-free 'no win no fee*' basis which means that should the application be unsuccessful there will be no legal fees or expenses charged.

Claims for compensation for violent crime can be made directly to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and no fee is usually payable. You do not have to instruct a solicitor to represent you and if there are no complicated issues it may be to your advantage to claim directly.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861

The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 outlines potential criminal charges that relate to violence against another which may give rise to application to the CICA. Robbery is defined as the combined act of theft and assault (or the threat of assault). There are 4 main categories of violent assault:

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The CICA legislation sets out basic requirements that must be met in order for a victim to lodge a claim. Applications must usually be submitted to the CICA within two years from the date of the incident. The CICA has discretion to extend this time limit upon which our assault compensation solicitors can advise.

Those eligible to claim compensation are as follows:

An applicant seeking compensation must consider the following:

The CICA can deny claims or reduce compensation payable based on the following:

Criminal Injury Compensation Claim Procedure

The following is a brief guide to criminal injury compensation for assault and robbery. In the UK, there are basic requirements set forth by legislation that must be satisfied in order to bring a successful claim. Applications must be received by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) within two years of the reported incident. However, the CICA does have the authority to extend this time limit for cases that involve unusual circumstances.

Three main categories of people are eligible to bring a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claim :-

CICA Requirements

If you have been injured as a result of violence and would like assault compensation an application can be made to the CICA. There are certain requirements as follows :-

Refusal of Compensation

If any of the following circumstances apply to the claim, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will refuse an award of compensation :-

Reduction of Compensation

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has the authority to deny claims or reduce the amount of compensation awarded based on a variety of factors, including :-

Murder & Fatal Injury

Murder is the offence of killing a person with intent to kill or to cause grievous bodily harm. The penalty is a mandatory life sentence and murderers are only released from prison when they have served a period (currently known as the 'tariff') considered necessary to meet the requirements of retribution and deterrence and when they are no longer a risk to society.

In cases of fatal injuries the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority may make payment to the victim's parent, child, spouse or partner. If there is a sole claimant, an award of £11,000 will be paid. If there is more than one qualifying recipient, the sum of £5,500 is awarded to each claimant. Compensation for funeral expenses can be awarded to the individual who paid for such services.


A victim of assault or robbery who is dissatisfied with the amount of compensation awarded by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has the ability to appeal the decision. Any decision made by a junior claims officer can be appealed to a more senior officer. The senior officer will then review the decision and may adjust the amount awarded. A senior officer's decision may be appealed to the independent Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP).

Assault Compensation Solicitors

To receive free legal advice about your case and the CICA claims process, contact us today. You will speak with an assault compensation solicitor who is a member of the Law Society panel of personal injury experts. There is absolutely no charge for this consultation and you are under no obligation to proceed with your claim. Simply complete the contact form or call our helpline.


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