How can I receive CICA compensation for a broken hand?
A broken hand can occur as the result of a violent assault. This might be from the blow itself or trying to protect yourself, avoiding a punch or a kick. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, pays compensation to blameless victims of crime.
Breaks can occur to the scaphoid, which is the most common fracture to a bone in your hand. It is often as a result of falling onto an outstretched hand. The metacarpal which are the upper bones in your fingers. The phalanges which are the lower bones in your fingers.
How much compensation can I receive for a broken hand?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme 2012 sets out a list of injuries such as broken hand, with specific amounts of compensation for each one. It is called a tariff list, and has about 400 different injuries caused by assaults listed.
Each type of injury, e.g. fracture to scaphoid, metacarpus, lunate, phalange or capitate not only has a specific level of compensation for the injury, it also has different amounts of compensation for the recovery from the injury. Injuries that cause permanent damage will usually pay more compensation, even where the original injury might be considered more minor.
Is it possible to calculate the exact amount of compensation I should receive?
Yes it is, as we have created specific cica compensation calculators for individual injuries. There are calculators for scaphoid injuries, metacarpal injuries and phalange injuries. Click on them to go the the specific compensation calculator.
Can I bring the claim for compensation myself?
Yes of course, if you are feeling confident you may wish to bring your claim yourself. We’ve tried to help by showing you how much compensation we think you will receive.
Can you act for me to bring my claim?
We would be delighted to do this, on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless you are successful. We believe we know what it takes to make sure you are successful in your claim. Whilst it is straightforward to see how much compensation you are entitled to, it is harder to make the CICA pay out the compensation.
Why don’t they just pay out once an application is made?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a government body that is funded by the taxpayer. As with most departments that cost money, the government in their drive for austerity are looking at ways to reduce the amount it costs. This means they are making it harder than ever to obtain the compensation you deserve. We have been obtaining compensation for victims of crime, suffering injuries such as broken hands, for over 20 years and have a very good record in obtaining the maximum compensation in the shortest amount of time. We believe we make a genuine difference.