CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION CLAIMS - CICA

Our solicitors deal with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) on a no win no fee* basis. We are completely independent of the CICA and if one of our criminal injuries compensation claims is unsuccessful, for any reason whatsoever, we will not make any charge. Our CICA claims are completely risk free and you do not have to pay for any expenses during the course of the claim. We have a client centred approach and will focus entirely on your needs by providing vigorous and committed expert representation to ensure that you receive fair and equitable compensation for your injuries. If you would like free advice on the telephone, without obligation, just call 0844 414 3634 or complete the contact form. If after talking to us you decide not to take your criminal injuries compensation claim further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not pay for our advice.

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Administration

Approximately 550 staff work for the CICA in administration at the Home Office and the Scottish Executive offices in Glasgow and London to process criminal injuries compensation claims from the victims of violent crime throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has its own separate scheme. Over £200,000,000 is distributed to over 70,000 applicants for compensation every year.

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Aims

The aim of the scheme is to recognise physical and mental injuries, caused by crimes of violence and where appropriate to compensate for pain and suffering, lost salary and certain special expenses which may include compensation for bereavement and for the lost earnings of a deceased person.

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Tariff Scheme

The administration of criminal injuries compensation claims made before 1 April 1996 were determined on the same basis as for a personal injury claim in the civil courts however in 1996 the system changed to a tariff scheme whereby each injury attracts a fixed payment.

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Procedure

Upon receipt of a completed criminal injuries compensation claim form the CICA will acknowledge receipt and allocate a personal reference number and will thereafter make enquiries of the police, doctors, hospitals and any other relevant organisations. Due to different circumstances attaching to each claim there is a wide variation in the time taken for the CICA to come to a decision on whether or not to grant an award and how much the compensation should be. Over 90% of criminal injuries compensation claims are resolved within 12 months of receipt of the application but cases where there is a criminal trial and cases involving future loss of earnings or future medical expenses may take longer. The average time for determination of a claim is 8 months.

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Appeals

In the event of an initial decision by the CICA being unsatisfactory to the applicant then it can be reviewed by a more senior officer within the CICA. If the outcome of the review is also unsatisfactory an appeal can be made to an Appeals Panel, which is independent of the CICA.

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The Ombudsman

If the decision of the Appeals Panel is unsatisfactory due to poor administration a complaint can be made to the The Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Ombudsman). If you want to make a complaint to the Ombudsman in England and Wales, you must write to your MP. If you want to complain to the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman, you should write to:

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
23 Walker Street
EDINBURGH
EH3 7XH

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