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Criminal injury compensation claim (CICA)

You can make a criminal injury compensation claim even if no one has been prosecuted for the crime.

If you have been a victim of a crime of violence resulting in you sustaining injuries, you may be eligible to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). You can make a claim even if no one has been prosecuted for the crime that caused your injuries.


What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?

The CICA is a government agency established to compensate victims of crimes of violence for their physical or psychological injuries. If you have sustained injuries because of a crime of violence, you may be able to claim compensation. For more serious injuries where you have been unable to return to work due to your injuries, this can be quite a complex process. Therefore, we would always recommend you speak to a specialist solicitor who will advise you and if necessary, assist with your application.

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How do I know if I have a criminal injury claim?

To apply for criminal injuries compensation, there are certain conditions you must comply with. These are:

  • The incident which caused your injuries must have been reported to the police as soon as reasonably possible. If there was a delay in reporting the incident to the police, your criminal injuries compensation claim might be rejected.
  • The minimum award for compensation is £1,000 – your injuries must meet this minimum award for you to be eligible for compensation.
  • You must be a UK resident or a member of the EEA (European Economic Area).
  • You must cooperate with the police throughout their investigation and support the criminal process to ensure everything is done to bring your assailant to justice.
  • If you have a criminal record, you may not be eligible to claim. We can advise you on this point.
  • The claim must be made within two years of the incident which caused your injuries (for children, claims must be made before their 20th birthday). This time may be extended in certain circumstances (e.g. sexual abuse claims).

Making a criminal injury compensation claim. What can I claim for?

If you have sustained injuries by any act of violence, you can make a criminal injury compensation claim through the CICA scheme. At CFG Law, we have successfully brought compensation claims that have resulted from unprovoked assaults by strangers, to injuries resulting from assaults that have taken place within the family home. These can include assaults by assailants under the influence of drugs or alcohol, terror attacks and assaults provoked by minor disagreements.

We have experience supporting clients with criminal injury claims who have experienced life-changing injuries, including:

An award can also be made where a person who has sustained an injury subsequently dies.

What is a secondary victim, and can they claim compensation?

A secondary victim is someone who has sustained a mental injury due to being present or witnessing an incident or act of violence.

To claim secondary victim compensation, you must have witnessed the incident first hand, or have seen the immediate aftermath of the incident. This is usually classed as the period of time immediately after the incident and not where you are told later about the details of the incident.


What is the criminal injury compensation claim process?

Applications to the CICA are submitted either over the phone or through an online form. You will require some details including the crime reference number, who the investigating officer is, any hospital you attended, details of the injuries you have sustained and any previous convictions.

In serious injury claims where you have not been able to return to work due to your injuries, it is also important to gather evidence to support your claim. It would be best if you spoke to a specialist solicitor who will be able to assist you in gathering this evidence, including any witness statements, medical records, reports from medical experts and details of any equipment you might need or adaptations to your property or home.

The CICA will make their decision in writing. If your case has been rejected and you do not agree with their decision, this can be reviewed. In some circumstances, if a case is again rejected at the review, you can submit an appeal to an independent Tribunal, who will make a decision on your claim. Your solicitor will assist you at each stage of the review and appeal process to ensure you have the best chance of success.

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Why we're different

We take a different approach to criminal injury compensation claims and take the time to listen to our clients and truly get to know them and their families. This helps us to understand what's important to you and how we can support you. Our focus is not just on the CICA application and gathering the evidence to support your criminal injury claim, but also on helping you to access the treatment, support and rehabilitation you need to achieve your best outcome.

As well as legal advice, we focus on providing the financial, physical and emotional support you and your family need.


To get the best out of working with you and your family and providing the best possible support, our solicitors work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector. As well as full support for you, this also means that we can work proactively and intensively on your claim, meaning you receive full compensation without any unnecessary delays.


We have an emergency fund that can be used to help to plug any gaps there may be in the support you're receiving immediately. We can also assist you with benefits applications and support you with appeal processes. We also have links to charities and other organisations who may be able to help with emergency funding.


We have Client Support Managers who will be part of your team, who have expert clinical and social work experience. They can help you to understand the different treatment and support options, as well as assist with discharge planning, care packages and any aids and equipment you may need.


As part of your claim, we will also look at any emotional needs you and your family may have as a result of your accident, to ensure these are addressed to provide all-round support.

Our client stories

Find out how we have worked together to support our clients and their families throughout their criminal injury claim and recovery:

What our clients have to say

We're here to support you and your family through your criminal injury claim. Take a look at what some of our other clients have said about our Client First Service
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Thanks to Diane!!

I am beyond grateful, Diane, my caseworker at CFG Law! They helped me in the process of my personal injury claim and worked tirelessly to get my claim settled. Diane is always professional and ...

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I would most certainly recommend CFG Law

I found Sara Ouko (who had my case) to be excellent in every aspect of my claim, She took care of not only my legal matters but also made sure that I was looked after in all aspects of my case, ...

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At CFG Law, we take a different approach to serious injury claims. Our goal is to help you or your loved one get access to early treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation, and ongoing support. Our services go beyond expert legal advice to focus on your specific needs:

  • We work with medical professionals to get the best treatment for you
  • Our team will help you to access early and emergency funding
  • We also provide support for ongoing rehabilitation and care

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