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Criminal Injury Compensation Claims

If you've suffered a criminal injury, then you'll know just how distressing it can be. Whether you've been injured or experienced psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime, our solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Our expert lawyers have helped many clients claim criminal injury compensation after a range of different incidents, often through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme.

The CICA is a government body that operates a compensation scheme for the victims of violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales. It was set up to help those who have been physically or mentally injured as the victim of criminal violence.

Many people who are meant to be providing support after such a traumatic experience don't look beyond the physical injury caused by an attack or an assault. We understand that the damage caused in these situations goes beyond the physical – often the psychological harm is far longer lasting.

One of the key parts of our service is a focus on rehabilitation, and if your injuries are severe enough we will ensure you receive the compensation you need to access any necessary medical or psychological care or support, both now and in the future.

We may even be able to help you claim criminal compensation if the perpetrator of the attack was never caught, identified or convicted. Contact us today on 0800 056 4110, or get in touch online, for a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors, and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

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Criminal Injury Compensation Claims - More Information
    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you when making a compensation claim.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – with our legal costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for a criminal injury, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss the circumstances of your injury and advise you on whether or not we think you can claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – find out more about how this works.

      Claiming through the CICA begins with an online application. After that your claim will follow the same basic steps:

      1. Investigation. The CICA investigate your claim and make checks to decide whether you are eligible for compensation. If the CICA decides you are not eligible, we can appeal that and have many years’ experience in successfully overturning eligibility decisions.
      2. Compensation. If the compensation amount offered by the CICA is too low, then we can appeal the amount, and we have a proven track record in helping people to recover a more significant settlement.
      3. Conclusion. If our original application to the CICA, or an appeal, is successful, then you'll be awarded compensation. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if your claim were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for your free initial consultation.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You generally have to make a compensation claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) within two years of the date of an injury.

      There can be exceptions made to these time limits (such as if you were too ill to make a claim), but this is judged strictly on a case-by-case basis by the courts, so it's best to get in touch with us for some advice. Call today on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation on your case, and we'll be happy to help.

    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive after a criminal assault will depend on a few factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • The injury you have suffered
      • Care you might need now and in the future
      • Loss of earnings now and in the future (limited to Statutory Sick Pay rate)
      • Court of Protection fees (if you lack mental capacity to deal with your financial affairs)

      For more information, call us on 0800 056 4110 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

They kept us well informed and made us feel part of the process. They made me feel like they knew what they were doing. I had complete confidence in them.”

Brian, London

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation For A Criminal Injury?

If you've been the victim of a violent crime, then you could be able to claim compensation. You can claim for physical injuries as well as psychological trauma experienced.

Violent crimes we've supported clients in claiming for include:

It's essential that you've reported the attack to the police, and helped them with their enquiries, as this is a key part of building your case.

However, a criminal conviction isn't always necessary. We can and have helped victims of violent crime claim compensation when an attacker was never caught, identified or convicted.

You can also claim on behalf of someone else in the following circumstances:

  • If your child has been a victim of a violent crime and is still under 18
  • If a relative lacks the mental capacity to make their own legal decisions
  • If a loved one has died as a result of a violent crime

If you're unsure whether or not you'll be able to claim compensation, it's best to seek some advice from the experts. Contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors, who will advise you on your options.

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What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-funded compensation scheme for people who are innocent victims of criminal violence in the UK.

The application process can be complicated – particularly if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, and it helps to have representation from experts experienced in the ins and outs of the scheme.

We've also found that the CICA sometimes awards settlements that are too low for the full extent of injury and trauma suffered in a criminal attack or assault. We have a proven track record of successful appeals to the scheme, securing more compensation than originally offered, whether we have been involved from the beginning of a claim or not.

If you have any more questions on the CICA, you might find the answers in our frequently asked questions. Alternatively, contact us today on 0800 056 4110, or online, for a free initial consultation with one of our specialist lawyers, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Criminal Injury Compensation Claim?

Criminal injury claims are a bit different to other personal injury claims, so it's important to choose a solicitor that fully understands how they work.

Our personal injury team is the largest in the UK, and it contains dedicated criminal injury lawyers who work solely on claims of this kind. They've dedicated their lives to helping the victims of assaults, and they can help you too.

Although many of our clients in these claims can't be named, some major criminal injury cases we have worked on include:

  • £4.3 million for a 14-year-old girl who sustained a major brain injury at just four months old, leaving her with significant disability. We helped make her claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – find out more about this case.
  • Maximum compensation awards for two children who were subjected to horrific child abuse by the family of their foster parents, leaving them in need of therapy for the rest of their lives. The case was originally dismissed by the CICA but we were able to secure the settlement they deserved – find out more about their case.
  • A six-figure settlement for a 19-year-old boy who was shaken at birth by his father, resulting in a severe brain injury – find out more about his case.

A key part of our work on all criminal injury claims is helping you to access the rehabilitation that you need, and from the beginning of your case we'll help you to identify any care needs you have now and will have in the future. At every step of the way, we'll offer our advice in plain English, with support and sensitivity.

To begin a claim for compensation following a violent crime, or if you have any questions about the process, contact us today on 0800 056 4110, or online, for a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors.

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