The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme set up to compensate blameless victims of violent crime. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administer these rules and decide all claims. Payment will never fully compensate you for the abuse you suffered, but it's often vital recognition of what happened.
The CICA often represents the only route for many to claim compensation, when there is no other person or organisation to bring a civil claim against.
The long-term psychological and physical impact of abuse can be devastating, but our specialist Abuse Solicitors can guide you through the process of making a claim as well as offering advice to access support and rehabilitation services.
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about making a criminal injuries claim, so contact us for a free consultation.
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Why Choose Simpson Millar?
- Our Abuse Solicitors have helped many other survivors of abuse including Physical and Sexual abuse
- We’re compassionate, understanding and easy to talk to, and we’ll handle your case with sensitivity
- We’ll talk to you in clear, straightforward language so you understand exactly what’s happening
- We will guide you through each stage of the process
- Our expert Solicitors will help you access support and survivor groups in your area
- Everything you tell us is strictly confidential. We won’t reveal anything unless we’ve got your permission
- You do not need to worry about our costs as we act on a No Win No Fee basis and the agreement will be explained at the outset of your case
- Our success stories below show the difference it can make having a specialist Solicitor represent you in your claim
- Our Solicitors are members the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL)
What is the CICA?
Do I Qualify for Criminal Injuries Compensation?
You can make a claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme if you have suffered abuse or violence in England, Scotland or Wales.
Northern Ireland has its own Scheme, as do many Countries and our Specialist Solicitors would be happy to advise you whether you have a claim.
The rules of the Scheme and the value of compensation awarded are set by Parliament and are calculated by reference to a tariff of injuries. The Scheme can award for the acts of abuse and/or the psychological damage caused by the abuse.
To make a Criminal Injury Compensation claim, you must have reported the abuse to the police, but there’s no need for a conviction. The award can give you invaluable recognition that a crime was committed, even if the abuser was never punished.
But the rules around whether someone is eligible for compensation under the CICA Scheme can be quite complex. That’s why it’s important to speak to a specialist Abuse Solicitor before submitting an application as they can advise you whether you are eligible under the Scheme.
If you have previously been denied compensation by the CICA under the “same roof rule” you now have 2 years from 13 June 2019 to make a new application. The CICA may use their discretion to consider applications beyond this period but we recommend that an application is submitted before the expiry of the deadline.
If the deadline has passed, contact our Abuse Solicitors who will advise if you can make a late application.
People We've Helped
Here are some examples of people we've helped make CICA claims:
£500,000 for Woman Abused by Her Father
We represented a woman who was subjected to many years of physical and sexual abuse by her father. The Local Authority allowed her to live with her father even though he was a convicted paedophile.
We helped her recover £500,000 compensation under the CICA Scheme which is the maximum award that can be paid under the Scheme. This award took into account the abuse she suffered, along with her loss of past and future earnings and care needs she needed as a result.
£80,000 for Man abused by his Mother’s Partner
We represented a man who was sexually abused as a child by his mother’s partner. He suffered severe abuse over a 2-year period, which caused serious psychological problems.
The CICA didn’t arrange for him to be seen by a Consultant Psychiatrist, which was a necessary step to fairly value his claim. As a result, he was offered a relatively low amount of compensation of £6,600.
Our client had heard about the reputation of our Child Abuse Solicitors, and our expertise in obtaining fair compensation settlements for adult survivors of child abuse. He contacted us for a free consultation and legal advice, and Solicitor Nathalie Swanwick agreed to take on his Criminal Injury Abuse Claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Following a final hearing in the First Tier Tribunal, he was awarded more than £80,000 in compensation.
Thanks to the additional evidence obtained by our specialist abuse team, the Tribunal accepted that he suffered a permanent mental illness and awarded £22,000. The remainder of the compensation award reflected his loss of earnings.
This adult survivor of child abuse case shows why it’s so important to have expert evidence in a sexual abuse claim, as the consultant psychiatrist’s report helped to make sure he received the right amount of compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.
Although the abuser hadn’t been successfully prosecuted, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority accepted there was enough evidence to prove that the abuse had happened.
£93,000 for Woman abused by her Father
We represented a Woman who was subjected to many years of abuse when she was a child by her Father. Simpson Millar successfully represented her in her claim and helped her to recover over £93,000.
The CICA accepted that she had suffered a permanent mental illness and awarded £22,000 as a result of psychiatric evidence obtained. The remainder of the compensation was awarded for past and future loss of earnings.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim?
If you were an adult when the abuse occurred your application should be made to the CICA within 2 years of the date of the incident or period of abuse if there was more than a single incident. In exceptional circumstances the CICA may extend the time limit.
If the abuse occurred when you were a child under the age of 18 and the abuse was reported before you reached 18, you have until your 20th birthday to make the application to the CICA.
If the abuse was reported after you reached the age of 18 you have 2 years to make the application from the date the abuse was reported to the CICA.
The CICA will consider extending time limits where it can be shown that there were exceptional reasons the application could not have been made any earlier. Usually because there is medical or psychiatric reasons why the application could not be made any earlier.
Our specialist abuse Solicitors can advise you regarding the time limits to make the claim and provide you with more information regarding making a claim out of time.
Is It Worth Making a Criminal Compensation Claim?
There’s no doubt that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is essential for survivors of abuse. If you can’t access compensation through the civil courts, the Scheme is essential.
The maximum award of compensation is £500,000 under the Scheme and our specialist abuse solicitor can provide the expertise you need to maximise your award.
How do I Pay My Legal Costs?
We act on a No Win No Fee basis and you will not have to pay our costs unless your claim is successful. If you would like to discuss this in more detail please contact one of our Abuse Solicitors for a free initial appointment.
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