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.
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.
In order to apply for criminal injuries compensation, there are certain conditions you must comply with. These are:
The most common types of claim include:
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.
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.
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.