Criminal Injury Compensation Claim Solicitors - Violent Crime Victim
Victims of crimes of violence are frequently in a complex situation whilst attempting to obtain personal injury awards for compensation that is an outcome of assault. Even when the offender has been found, arrested, and convicted for the crime, those criminals are in most cases insolvent or lack the necessary funds to pay the ordered compensation in criminal court or as the result of civil court order for payment.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA,) an independent body, was created and is funded by government for the purpose of distributing financial awards of compensation to violent crime victims. Compensation awards for criminal injury are awarded as an outcome of assault that occurred in England, Scotland and Wales are managed by CICA, with offices in Glasgow and London, whilst a separate but similar scheme is in operation in Northern Ireland through an office in Belfast.
CICA utilises the tariff scheme or table, wherein an injury is assigned an assessed value and placed in one of the 25 tariff bands that range between £1,000 and £250,000 in value. When victims suffer multiple injuries, only the three worst are assigned a value. The worst injury is assigned full compensation value, whilst the other two are reduced by 15% and 30% respectively, with the aggregate total of the three being the amount of compensation awarded. However, a maximum personal injury award from CICA cannot exceed £250,000 and the amount of compensation in other losses cannot exceed an additional £250,000, including wages lost, in special circumstances, as well as other expenses which produces a potential maximum award of £500,000.
The victim and the injuries suffered must meet certain prerequisites to be eligible for a compensation award:
- The injury’s recovery must have taken more than six weeks to return to full functionality.
- The injury’s recovery must have required more than one visit to a medical authority to return to full functionality.
- The claim must be received by CICA prior to the expiration of a two-year period since the crime, which caused the injury, took place.
- The crime must be reported to police or other proper authorities promptly.
- The victim must cooperate fully with police and prosecution. If necessary or requested, a victim must testify as a witness.
The identification, apprehension, or conviction of the perpetrator is NOT a prerequisite to a successful claim for compensation from CICA; however, the victim’s conduct surrounding the crime will be examined and when there are certain circumstances, it might be inappropriate to use public funds to award compensation. These circumstances could include “unspent” criminal convictions, when evidence is discovered that a “victim” was actually the aggressor or a participant in the crime, or a victim’s history includes anti-social behaviour not restricted to convictions.
No Win No fee
When you are the blameless victim who has suffered injuries in a violent assault, it would be well-advised to seek representation by personal injury experts who can provide clear and concise advice regarding your lawful rights. Without exception we utilise the No Win No Fee scheme. What that means to you is that we only collect compensation when you do. You will not pay upfront fees or court costs or any processing fees whatsoever.
Our lawyers are accredited members within the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts, as well as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL.) To discuss your possible claim with an experienced and knowledgeable criminal injury solicitor for compensation without fees, just call our helpline. If after the initial consultation, you decide against bringing a claim, there is no further obligation or charge