Claims for criminal injuries are dealt with by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, or CICA. The was set up in 1964.
The CICA is a government organisation that pays compensation to those people who can prove that they suffered a criminal injury as a result of a crime. Your injuries need to qualify for the minimum compensation amount of £1,000 and the maximum compensation amount is £500,000.
The offender does not need to have been convicted of assault by the police for you to make an assault claim against them and the assault must be reported to the Police.
If you, a family member or a friend have suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of a violent crime at some point in your life, you may be entitled to compensation.
The term ‘criminal injury’ is used in reference to a number of cases, where a person question has been subjected to harm, either physically and psychologically. Examples of when you can claim compensation can include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual abuse as an adult or child
- Serious physical assault
- Hit and run cases
- Stabbing incidents causing serious injury or significant scarring
- Brain injury as a result of assault, abuse or any other violent crime
- Bereavement as a result of a violent crime
We understand that being a victim of criminal injury can have a devastating effect on you both physically and psychologically. Here at Cooper Hall, our solicitors have a vast amount of experience working with clients who have successfully made criminal injury compensation claims. We have our clients at the forefront of our minds at all times and will do all we can to ensure you are happy with all information at every stage of the process.
To speak to a member of our personal injury team in relation to making a CICA claim, please contact us on 01274 488877. Alternatively, you can email us at enquiries at Cooper Hall Solicitors.