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Criminal injury compensation

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

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a criminal act, you may be able to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government agency which was established to compensate victims of crimes of violence for their physical or mental injuries (or both). For more serious injuries this can be quite a complex process, therefore, we would always recommend using a specialist solicitor to assist.

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How can we help with your criminal injury claim?

We understand how distressing it can be for a person who has been the victim of a violent crime. We will not only help you claim the compensation you deserve, we will also seek to fund early support and rehabilitation, helping you rebuild your life as quickly as possible.

We will fully explore your case and begin to collect the evidence to prove the extent of your injuries to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation available to you. We will also explore the circumstances surrounding the incident and assist the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority with their investigations.

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About criminal injury claims

In order 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 may be rejected.
  • The minimum award for compensation is £1000 – 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 be cooperative with the police and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and behave reasonably in relation to any inquiries into the incident. If you have a criminal record you may not be eligible to claim.
  • 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).

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Types of CICA claims

The most common types of claim include:

  • Physical assault (sexual assault or violence)
  • Violence as a result of alcohol or drugs
  • Gang-related violence
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Hate crimes
  • Acts of terrorism
  • Any other act/omission of a violent nature which causes injury

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

The CICA scheme also includes threats against a person, causing fear of immediate violence in circumstances which would cause a person of reasonable firmness to be put in such fear.

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Witnessing or being present at the immediate aftermath of an accident

You may be eligible to claim compensation under the scheme if you sustained a mental injury as a result of being present and witnessing an incident which resulted in a loved one being injured. This can also include the immediate aftermath of the incident, which is usually classed as the period of time immediately after the incident and not where they are told later about the details of the incident.

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How can we help?

We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and psychological support for the whole family.

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When your world is turned upside down after a catastrophic or serious injury, see how CFG Law can help you get your life back on track and enable you to achieve your best outcome and lead a fulfilled life.

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