Criminal Injury Claims
Have you suffered physical or psychological damage as the result of a crime? Contact our specialist Criminal Injuries Compensation Solicitors for a Free Claims Assessment today. We could deal with your Criminal Injury Claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Violent crimes can have lasting and sometimes life-changing physical and mental effects. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime, our skilled solicitors could help you claim Criminal Injuries Compensation for what you’ve been through.
Criminal injury claims in England, Scotland and Wales are different to other personal injury claims in that they go through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The process can be complex, but our legal experts can get you the result you deserve.
If your injuries are severe, we can make sure you get the extra medical support you need to start to recover. Your injuries could be physical and psychological and you can still make a criminal injury compensation claim if the offender hasn’t been caught or convicted.
If you’ve been injured because of a crime, you could make a CICA claim. Contact our Criminal Injury Lawyers for a free, confidential conversation today. We could help you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
You can learn more about how CICA claims work below.
What Is A Criminal Injury?
The term ‘criminal injury’ describes any physical or psychological harm done to you or a loved one by someone committing a criminal act. Common criminal injury causes include:
- Assaults, including common assaults, stabbings, and shootings
- Deliberate vehicle-related incidents such as hit and runs
- Physical and sexual abuse, whether as an adult or child
- Terrorist Attacks
You may have been the direct victim of a crime, a witness who saw what happened or tried to stop it. You could also be the loved one of somebody who was seriously affected or tragically lost their life.
Whatever your situation, you could make a criminal injury compensation claim. We understand the effect these incidents have on you and your family and can help you get the outcome you need to rebuild your life.
What Can People Make Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims For?
Violent crimes can impact innocent people in many different ways, including physical, psychological and financial effects. These issues can continue long into the future.
Contacting an experienced Criminal Injury Compensation Lawyer will make sure all of your injuries are recognised and accurately factored into your claim.
Physical impacts of violent crime
Any violent blow to the head risks causing brain damage. These injuries can change every aspect of your life, from your career to your home life, fitness and mental health. Spinal injuries meanwhile can be caused by heavy impacts and sharp or blunt objects, leaving you partially or fully paralysed.
Psychological impacts of violent crime
Some physical injuries may prove quicker to heal than emotional ones. If a crime is particularly violent or unsettling, you could be left with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other psychological conditions.
Financial impacts of violent crime
Crucially, criminal injury compensation makes sure you don’t lose out financially because you were a victim of a crime.
Your claim could cover loss of earnings if you can’t work in the short or long term. It could also pay for expenses such as home adaptations and ongoing care needs.
What Is A CICA Claim?
Making a criminal injury claim in England and Wales involves applying online with the CICA. This government body was set up in 1965 to compensate the innocent victims of violent crime.
You don’t need a solicitor to make a CICA claim. But having a specialist criminal injury lawyer on your side can make a big difference in the success of your claim.
Our team has vast experience of criminal injury cases and the CICA claims process. We can make sure the full extent of your injuries is understood, gather strong evidence and fight to appeal any decisions that we think have merit.
Can I Claim Criminal Injuries Compensation?
You can claim criminal injury compensation if you were an innocent victim of a crime and you meet the CICA’s criteria:
- You must have reported the crime to the police as early as possible and helped with their enquiries. The criminal doesn’t have to have been identified or charged
- The incident must have taken place in England, Wales or Scotland
- Your claim must be worth at least £1,000
You can also contact our criminal injuries compensation solicitors on behalf of someone else if:
- Your child was a victim of a violent crime and is under 18
- Your loved one lacks the mental capacity to make a claim
- Your loved one died because of a violent crime
There are times when crimes aren’t clear cut or the finer details aren’t yet available. If you’re not sure whether you can or should make a criminal injury claim, your best option is to speak to our specialist CICA Solicitor.
We’ll listen to your situation and explain how you can move forward. Even if we think you have grounds to make a claim, you’re under no pressure to continue if you don’t want to.
How Much Criminal Injuries Compensation Will I Get?
CICA compensation amounts are based on a tariff system that ranges from £1,000 to £500,000.
The system factors in the type and severity of your injury, plus the financial costs you’ve faced and may face in the future as a result. Those costs can include:
- Care you’ve received or may need in the future
- Loss of earnings, including potential earnings if you can’t return to work
- Home adaptations made necessary by your injuries
- Funeral expenses if a loved one died after a violent crime
The CICA may judge that your injuries aren’t severe enough to qualify for compensation. In this case, you could still claim a lower amount through its hardship fund.
But if we judge that you have a strong case, our experienced Criminal Injury Solicitors will fight to get you the level of compensation you deserve. We could also launch an appeal if we believe your first settlement is too low.
How Long Do I Have To Claim Criminal Injury Compensation?
You usually have two years from the date of the incident to make a criminal injuries compensation claim. There are some exceptions:
- If you’re claiming because of childhood sexual or physical abuse
- If the mental or physical health issues you suffered stopped you from applying sooner
The CICA judge these exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
We appreciate that violent crimes can be extremely distressing, and you may not feel ready to talk about what happened or get into a legal process. But making a criminal injury claim can give you the support you need to improve and speed up your recovery.
Applying sooner rather than later may also make it easier to gather the evidence we need to support your case. Whether the crime happened recently or you’re unsure if you’ve ran out of time, contact us for a free claims assessment today.
How Long Does A Criminal Injury Compensation Claim Take?
The CICA handles lots of criminal injury compensation claims every year. It prioritises older cases, the most vulnerable applicants and newer cases that are straightforward to settle. It’s therefore normal for your claim to take up to 12 months or more to finalise.
It may take longer if your case is more complex, for example if the long-term impact of your injury isn’t yet known. You could get an ‘interim payment’ – an earlier payment to help ease any financial pressure or to help you get any treatment you need while your claim is being settled.
Contacting our Criminal Injury Lawyers could help to speed things up. We know the ins and outs of the process and can also help with collecting evidence.
Who Pays Criminal Injuries Compensation?
The CICA will pay your compensation if your criminal injury claim is successful. It’s funded by the Ministry of Justice and was created to support innocent victims of violent crime in England, Wales or Scotland.
This is different to personal injury compensation which is usually paid by an insurance company. It is possible to make a personal injury claim against your attacker, but there are key reasons why this might be difficult.
Why Choose Simpson Millar As Your Criminal Injury Solicitors?
Violent crime can leave innocent victims suffering long after an incident takes place. But our Criminal Injury Lawyers have the skill and understanding to help you claim the level of compensation you deserve to put things right.
Here are just a few of the reasons to trust us with your CICA claim:
- Our team’s expertise can make the difference in securing the right outcome. We can help you build a strong application and appeal any unjust decisions with the CICA
- We’ll speak to you regularly and clearly throughout the process, from your free claims assessment right through until settlement
- We work with medical and psychological professionals who can help with your rehabilitation while your case is ongoing
- Our No Win, No Fee Criminal Compensation Lawyers can handle your claim at no financial risk to you
- We have links with leading charities and organisations including the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway, BRAKE, The Child Brain Injury Trust, The British Lung Foundation and Action against Medical Accidents
- We’re also accredited with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS), and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
We have a proven record in supporting successful criminal injuries compensation claims. For example, our team helped a sexual abuse survivor win over £80,000 – far higher than the £6,600 he was initially offered.
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What Will My Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim Cost?
We handle most criminal injury claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means you won’t pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. You will need to have the right insurance in place, but we can arrange this for you.
If your claim is successful, our lawyers will collect a small percentage of your compensation as payment for their help. They’ll agree this amount with you upfront, so you won’t be caught out by any nasty surprises.
How Do I Claim Criminal Injuries Compensation?
The criminal injury claim process can seem complicated and intimidating if you’re tackling it alone. We aim to make it as easy as possible for you.
Everything starts when you contact us for a Free Claims Assessment. We’ll ask for some details of the crime so we can decide if we think you can make a CICA claim. If we do and you choose to go ahead, we’ll help you submit an online application.
The process generally goes like this:
- The CICA will investigate your claim based on your application. They could contact the police, witnesses and any medical professionals who’ve treated you to confirm the details of your injuries
- The CICA will judge whether you qualify for compensation and then make an offer. If we think you deserve more, our team can appeal the decision on your behalf
- If your original application or appeal is successful, you’ll receive your compensation. If not, you’ll have nothing to pay if we handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis
Take the first step towards compensation today by calling 08002605010 or requesting a callback.
What Information Do I Need To Make A Criminal Injury Claim?
So we can advise you on whether you could make a CICA application, we’ll ask for the following information:
- The details of the violent crime in which your injury was sustained (e.g. date, time, witnesses)
- The details of the police station at which the crime was reported and the investigating police officer
- Details of any medical treatment you have received or are due to receive as a result of your injuries from the violent incident
- Details of your own criminal record, if applicable
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