Have you been innocently injured due to someone else’s criminal activity? Did you know that we can help you to claim the maximum amount of compensation available to you?
Injuries Direct can help you to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Our years of experience ensure you get the maximum amount possible.
Criminal Injury Claims
Although the process of claiming criminal injury compensation is different to most other personal injury claims, here at Injuries Direct we can provide unrivalled legal assistance when it comes to making a criminal injury compensation claim.
Victims of criminal assault or criminal violence can make a claim by applying to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government-funded authority set up to compensate victims of unlawful attack. Unlike personal injury compensation claims, where an amount is worked out between your solicitor and the insurance company of the party at fault, the amounts awarded by the CICA are set on tariff levels, meaning you receive the compensation that equates to your type of injury.
Criminal Compensation Payouts
CICA criminal compensation payouts can rarely be challenged. The set 25 levels of compensation are defined so there is continuity between injury claims. Awards range from a minimum of £1000 to a maximum of £500,000. Therefore to apply for compensation from the CICA, your injuries must have been at least as severe to qualify for the minimum £1000 payout.
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A criminal injury claim can only be made if the attack, assault or violence took place in the UK (England, Scotland or Wales) and will only qualify if the injuries suffered are as a result of criminal activity – either directly or being accidentally involved.
Eligibility for Criminal Injury Compensation
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority only awards compensation on strict guidelines. These include:
- All applications to the CICA must be completed within 2 years of the incident
- It may only have taken place in a UK country, i.e. England, Scotland or Wales
- Medical attention and treatment must be documented
- Physical/mental injuries must have been suffered as a result of the incident
- The attack must have been serious enough to qualify for at least the £1000 lowest tariff award
When more than one injury occurs to the victim only the three most serious injuries qualify for a criminal injury claim. The main and most serious injury will be compensated fully, whilst the second getting 30% and the third 15% of the overall tariff value.
Criminal Injury Compensation Refusal
As the CICA has a list of how to qualify for a criminal compensation payout, it also has a strict list of how it could be refused, depending on circumstances. These include:
- Applying for compensation for the same injuries more than once
- Being outside of the UK when the attack took place
- Failing to inform the police of the attack
- Failing to seek medical attention
- Not co-operating with police enquiries
- Previous criminal record of violence
- Provocation of the attack against you
- The injuries are not serious enough to qualify for the minimum tariff
Criminal Injury Compensation Lawyers
It is possible to make a criminal injury compensation claim without the need for a specialised solicitor. A visit to the authority’s website can help guide you through the process of claiming for your injuries.
However, at Injuries Direct we can provide you with some of the best criminal injurycompensation claim solicitors available; helping to maximise your chance of being awarded the full amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. This is down to their years of experience helping those in similar situations make claims to the CICA, whilst their knowledge of the system a legal representation gives you the best way to present your claim when completing the application process.
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Criminal injury compensation lawyers usually charge a fee for their services. Payment is generally not required up front; instead the majority take a cut of the final awarded compensation. The amount they take can differ between solicitors, but usually ranges from 10%-30% of the total. However the positive of using a specialised solicitor is that the likelihood of being awarded compensation is far higher, as will be the final amount of compensation.
Making a Criminal Injury Compensation Claim
At Injuries Direct our knowledge and experience of the CICA criminal injuries system, plus our extensive access to top criminal injury compensation lawyers means that you are in safe hands if you have been a victim of an unlawful criminal assault.