NORTHERN IRELAND CRIMINAL INJURIES CLAIM

The new scheme for Northern Ireland applies to incidents of violence occurring on or after 1 May 2002 and compensation can be claimed by a victim for physical or psychological injury or in the case of death by the parent, child, husband, wife or partner of the deceased victim. In addition a claim can be made by a person who had a close relationship with another person who has been the victim of a violent crime if they were present when the crime took place, or involved immediately afterwards.

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Claimant Parameters

Northern Ireland criminal injuries compensation may not be paid in the following circumstances :-

  • the crime took place outside Northern Ireland
  • the incident caused a single minor injury
  • the assault was more than two years ago unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • certain sexual abuse, or other sexual assault claims
  • the physical trauma was caused in a road traffic accident, unless a vehicle was used as a weapon
  • if you did not report the crime to the police or other authority as soon as possible after the incident
  • if you did not fully cooperate with the police investigation of the case
  • if you indicated to the police that you would not be prepared to go to court and give evidence if the offender came to trial
  • if you instigated the assault
  • If you agreed to take part in a fight
  • if you provoked the person who assaulted you
  • if you have unspent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NI) Order 1978 especially for crimes involving violence

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Tariff Scheme

The amount of the award in a Northern Ireland criminal injuries compensation claim for pain and suffering is decided on a Tariff Scheme whereby each different injury is assigned to a tariff band which vary in value from £1,000 to £250,000. Damages are awarded for pain and suffering, whether mental or physical and it may be possible to claim payment for loss of earnings and special expenses. A personal injury award may be payable to someone who is close but was not present when the assault and injury took place.

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Fatalities

A bereavement award may be payable to the parent, child, husband, wife or partner of a victim who has died as the result of a violent crime in the sum of £12,000 for all claimants. A claim can also be made for reasonable funeral expenses to the person who has paid for the funeral.

 

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