Criminal injury claims

We have over 30 years’ experience helping people who have been victims of serious criminal injuries, including head and spinal injuries, as well as psychological injuries.

Criminal injury claims

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

If you have suffered 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.

How can you help with my criminal injury claim?

We understand how distressing it can be to the victim of a crime of violence. We will not only help you claim the compensation your deserve, we will also seek to fund early support and rehabilitation, helping you rebuilding 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.

We understand the needs of the injured person and their family. Our aim is to provide full support every step of the way and make the process stress free.

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.
  • 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.
  • You must be a UK resident or a member of the EEA (European Economic Area).
  • The minimum award for compensation is £1000 – your injuries must meet this minimum award for you to be eligible for compensation.
  • 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).

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.

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.

 

Start your criminal injuries claim today

We are a team of specialist injury lawyers that share a common purpose; to help those affected by injury – together.

Our goal is always to help support our clients with access to early funding, to help pay for rehabilitation and treatment after a serious injury.

We operate on a no win no fee basis which means there is no financial risk to yourself if we are not successful with your case.

All initial advice is free without obligation and entirely confidential.

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Our solicitors are here to help you every step of the way.

Our legal experience and expertise

We are specialist serious injury compensation solicitors. We only deal with personal injury claims. We work closely with many charities and professionals that support families and survivors of serious injury to develop our own skills and knowledge. Our many memberships and accreditations demonstrate and confirm our wealth of experience and knowledge in this area.

“Brilliant from day one… the whole team has supported our family through every single step of this difficult process.” J. Graham

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