CRIMINAL INJURY COMPENSATION UK

The following is a brief guide to Criminal Injury Compensation. UK claims are governed by legislation that has certain basic requirements that must be satisfied in order to facilitate a claim. Applications must generally be received within two years of the incident that caused the injury however the CICA does have discretion in certain unusual circumstances to extend this period.

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Potential Claimants

People who can claim include :-

  • Those who have a close relationship with another person who has been the victim of a violent crime who were present when the crime took place, or involved immediately afterwards and who suffered psychological trauma.
  • Those who have been physically or psychologically injured because of a violent crime.
  • The parent, child, husband, wife or partner of a victim who died as the result of a violent crime.

Criminal injury compensation is not payable in the following circumstances :-

  • If the crime took place outside England, Scotland or Wales (there is a separate scheme for Northern Ireland.)
  • If you suffered only a single minor injury that did not necessitate at least two visits for medical attention and lasted less than 6 weeks.
  • In certain circumstances relationed to sexual abuse which stopped prior to October 1979.

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CICA Parameters

It may affect your criminal injury compensation claim if :-

  • You fail to fully co-operate with the police when they investigate the matter (compensation can still be paid in the absence of a conviction).
  • There was unreasonable delay in reporting the incident to the police or other relevant Authority.
  • You started a fight or provoked or agreed to take part in a fight in which you were injured.
  • Your behaviour after the assault was aggressive or unreasonable
  • You or a deceased victim has a criminal record which is not �spent� under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

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Fatalities

Fatal injuries can result in a payment to a sole claimant, who could be the parent, child, husband, wife or partner of the deceased, of £11,000 however if there is more than one qualifying claimant the sum is £5,500 for each one. In addition reasonable funeral expenses can be claimed by the person who paid them who need not fit into one of the above categories.

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Loss of Salary

Criminal injury compensation for loss of salary can only be claimed after a period of absence from work of 28 weeks for any losses incurred thereafter. Claimants who satisfy this requirement can also claim certain other 'special' expenses which include specialist medical treatment or special equipment and care.

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CICA Appeals

There are a number of appeal proceedures and any decision by a junior officer of the CICA can be appealed to a more senior officer and any final decision can be appealed to an independent Appeals Panel. The CICA is subject to the Parliamentary Ombudsman's powers and any allegation of wrongful administration by the CICA or the Appeals Panel can be considered by the Ombudsman who can make relevant orders to be carried out by the CICA or the Appeals Panel. If for any reason your claim is rejected by the CICA and we believe that you have reasonable grounds for appealing then we will deal with the apppeal on the same risk free no win no fee basis as the original application.

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Specialist Solicitors

We are a specialist claims service which deals with criminal injury compensation. UK claims are dealt with on a no win no fee basis and our claims are completely risk free. If the application is unsuccessful, for any reason whatsoever you will not pay any charges. We are an independent company with no connection to the CICA. If you instruct us to act on you behalf we will give you clear unequivocal advice on your chances of success and the anticipated value of your claim. If you would like free advice on the telephone, without obligation, on CICA claims, anywhere in the UK just phone the helpline or complete the contact form.

 

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