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  • You can still obtain full compensation for criminal injury even if no one has ever been caught or convicted. The only conditions for making a claim are that a crime has taken place, you have suffered a personal injury as a result and you have fully co-operated with the police, by reporting the incident and making a full statement.

    Whilst the CICA will make a full investigation of the facts of your case, they accept that there are occasions when it is not possible to identify the person who has assaulted you. You may have suffered memory loss due to the trauma of the attack, the assailant may have had their face covered or have even fled the country.

    Our specialist advisers understand that if you have been mugged walking home from a night out, assaulted during a robbery or a victim of sexual assault, not only do you have cope with the immediate injuries of cuts, bruises or even broken bones, but in addition to this, there may well be continuing psychological injuries which take longer to heal. They will discuss with you your options and help you to bring your claim quickly and with great sensitivity.

    Working with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) we can obtain compensation for you even if nobody has ever been convicted or even arrested.

  • We understand how important this question is to you. We also realise that very often it is hard to find the answer, so we have designed for you a Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator, which will help you to find out what the CICA payouts should be.

    The compensation calculator gives precise figures for all the different injuries that compensation is payable under the criminal injuries compensation authority scheme.

    You can also add additional injuries as it calculates in the same way the CICA does how much compensation for each injury, making the correct reduction in compensation for second and third injuries.

    CICA compensation amounts for a criminal injury are 100% of the first injury  (most serious injury), 30% of the second (most serious) injury and 15% of the third (most serious) injury. If injuries are the same severity, one is calculated at the lower percentage.

    See the example CICA compensation rates below where the multi injury formula apples:

    Injury one is valued at £3,000.
    Injury two is valued at £200.
    Injury three is valued at £1,000.
    Injury four is valued at £500.
    Injury five is valued at £400.

    CICA compensation rates would be calculated for the three highest valued injuries with the relevant percentage applied to the second and third highest valued injuries and nothing for the fourth and fifth highest valued injuries:

    Injury one £3,000 at 100% (£3,000).
    Injury three £1,000 at 30% (£300).
    Injury four £500 at 15% (£75).

    Total compensation award £3,375

    We would advise that you speak to a solicitor to discuss your case and find out if you could have a valid claim.

    We have designed a criminal injuries compensation calculator that gives a guide to what you may be able to claim.

  • We understand the quicker you can be compensated, the sooner you can move on from this traumatic period of your life.

    Over many years we have developed our system for obtaining your criminal injury compensation as quickly as possible.

    We start by obtaining the right information at the right time. We do this by using our own claim form, which reduces the amount of information you need to provide at the start of the claim, which helps you to provide us with this information more quickly, so that we can submit your claim sooner.

    We submit your claim online. We then work with you to obtain the additional information we will need from you. By doing it this way, we start your case sooner.

    Depending on the type of claim you have, the information the criminal injuries compensation authority need and the level of compensation you are entitled to, we can obtain compensation in as little as 4 months. However where there are delays in obtaining medical evidence or police information it can take 12 – 18 months, and in very complex cases where there are large loss of earnings it can take years. In those cases we always seek an interim payment.

    Use our Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator as a guide to how much you could claim. The figures are based on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority’s (CICA) tariff and so provide an accurate estimate.

  • The CICA will look at the reasons for making a late claim application if the 2 year time limit has expired. Unless there are specific reasons, the time limits are usually strictly adhered to.

    Examples circumstances where the CICA can consider waiving the time, include where the assault was one of historic sex abuse that was not reported to the Police until recently. Or where you suffered such a psychological injury where your symptoms are serious enough to have affected your ability to make a claim.

    We realise these circumstances are complicated and we are always happy to help to establish whether or not you are likely in your individual circumstances to be able to get over this difficult hurdle.

  • Criminal injuries are not just of a physical nature, they can also be psychological.

    Physical injury is more straight forward for example if you are beaten up, attacked, assaulted or mugged and have been injured as a result of the criminal conduct of another party you have a right to seek compensation.

    Psychological injury though can be more difficult to define. If you witnessed a violent crime, for instance an armed robbery or someone being attacked, just because you weren’t physically injured doesn’t mean that’s the end of it. Because most of us are lucky enough not come into contact with violent behaviour, often when we do it has a deep psychological impact.

    If you have been witness to an act of violence you could find that you keep reliving the attack over and over. This can lead to a feeling of being afraid and not wanting to go out into public. Fear and panic set in and you become unable to live your life as you did before witnessing the attack. If you can relate to this then you should contact a personal injury solicitor to find out if you could be entitled to claim compensation.

    There are two basic requirements for a successful compensation claim, these are that the victim must be the innocent party caught up in a criminal act, and that this has led to them suffering physical or psychological injury.

    Any compensation award will be determined by the type and extent of any injuries and any long lasting effects it has had on your life. This includes any effect on your ability to earn a living.

    The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) handles these claims, they are a government funded body which pays compensation to victims of criminal acts and removes the need for the criminal party to be sued directly by the victim.

    Our Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator offers a guide as to how much compensation you could be entitled to claim based on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority’s (CICA) tariffs.

     

  • If a claim was made on your behalf when you were still a child, you may not make a second claim for the same incident when you become an adult. The CICA scheme will not allow you to make a claim for the same incident twice.  However, under some circumstances it may be possible to have a claim re-opened.

    For such cases we need to establish the basis of the medical evidence the original decision was made. For instance it may have been for the physical assault / abuse, but over the years the child now turned adult suffers repressed psychological symptoms which could not have been anticipated when the original award was made.

    If a psychological report can be obtained that confirms the symptoms have occurred as a result of the original incident, and the symptoms are sufficiently serious to warrant additional compensation. It may be possible to reopen a CICA case where an award was originally made as a child.

    Our experienced team of advisers are happy to discuss your case on an informal no obligation basis. If we believe there is sufficient information to submit a further claim we will advise you and act for you on a no win no fee basis.

  • If the sexual abuse or assault were not reported to the police you would not be able to make a compensation claim.

    If there was a delay between the incident taking place and it being reported to the police it is important that there is enough information and evidence for the CICA to consider the claim.

    Our experienced advisers will help to establish if there is sufficient reason, and then communicate with the CICA to try to get them to override their normal principle of fully reporting as quickly as possible.

  • It is essential that you co-operate as much as possible with the police and their investigations.  This could include the need to make a formal statement and in some circumstances attending court. For some it can be extremely difficult to recall and talk about the abuse or assault but the more details that can be provided will generally help your case and aid in making a compensation claim.

    If you refuse to make a statement, or withdraw one, the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA) are unlikely to award any compensation, as they require that you are the blameless victim of the crime and that you fully co-operate with the Police. If you do not fulfill these criteria they usually refuse to compensate you even if you have been seriously assaulted.

  • The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) handles criminal injury compensation claims. The CICA is a government funded body which enables the victims of crime to be able to claim compensation even if the perpetrator has not been caught. The CICA has fixed tariffs for the many different types of injuries that can be suffered. These tariffs are used to calculate how much compensation you should receive.

    Even when the perpetrator of the injuries are caught and found guilty a compensation claim is not made against the criminal as they would likely not have sufficient funds to cover it and would not be covered by any personal liability insurance. This responsibility falls on the CICA who evaluate the merits of any claim and award compensation accordingly.

    For a case to be successful the CICA must determine whether or not you played a part in the criminal act and if it resulted in you suffering physical or psychological injuries. This could range from being witness to a criminal act that has a psychological effect on you right through to suffering a most serious physical attack.

    When considering injuries suffered the most obvious ones are often the physical ones such as cuts, bruises, scarring or broken bones.

    Often the psychological effects are long term and do not heal as readily as the physical injuries. Anxiety, stress and even depression can result from being caught up in criminal acts and do not always surface immediately after the incident. These can reveal themselves months or even years later and can have long term effects.

    The CICA only compensate for injuries that according to their tariffs are worth over £1,000. The most serious injury awards go up to £500,000. You are able to claim for more than one injury, getting the full value for the most serious injury with subsequent injuries receiving a reduction according to the CICA rules. Usually the three most serious injuries will be compensated but there are some incidents that fall outside this rule.

    Our online criminal injuries compensation calculator will give you a guide as to how much you could expect to claim.

    You may also be compensated for loss of earnings, medical expenses and some other costs that occurred as a result of the injuries.

    We have a free criminal injuries compensation calculator that offers a guide as to how much you could receive if you have suffered criminal injury.

    There are many factor that can determine any compensation award like the type of injury, the severity of the injury and any long term effects it has on your life. We offer a no win no fee service to give advice and help guide you through the process of making a claim whilst ensuring maximum recompense.