Criminal Injury Claims

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

If you, a friend or family member has suffered the trauma of being a blameless victim of violent crime, you could be entitled to compensation from the Government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Compensation ranges from £1,000 to £500,000, depending on the severity of your injuries, and our dedicated team who will fight to secure you the compensation you are entitled to.

In accordance with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012, the CICA determine a victim’s eligibility by following a set of criteria, with minimum conditions which must be met before an innocent victim of crime can apply for compensation.

We help individuals to make their claim through the above scheme and offer a No win No fee service that provides you with the expert advice you need and a professional service.

If you prefer to speak about the crime you were a victim of in the comfort of your own home, or with relatives supporting you, we are more than happy to come to you.

You may be eligible for compensation if:

  • The incident was reported to the police as soon as reasonably possible. Any unreasonable delay may result in your claim being rejected.
  • The incident happened within the last two years.
  • You must have sought medical attention for your personal injury.
  • You must not have caused or contributed to the “incident” in any way.
  • The incident occurred in England, Wales or Scotland.
  • Your injuries meet the minimum award of £1,000 (we will assess this during our initial assessment).
  • You can claim even if the person committing the assault was not actually prosecuted by the police.

*The two year limit can be waived in certain circumstances, most commonly in relation to sexual abuse and assault claims, due to the impact the crime has on victims.

What payments are available from the Scheme?

We can consider claims for the following:

  • Mental or physical injury following a crime of violence;
    sexual or physical abuse.
  • Loss of earnings – where you have no or limited capacity to work as the direct result of a criminal injury.
  • Special expenses payments – these cover certain costs you may have incurred as a direct result of an incident. You can only ask us to consider special expenses if your injuries mean you have been unable to work or have been incapacitated to a similar extent.
  • A fatality caused by a crime of violence including bereavement payments, payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency; and funeral payments.

What is involved in making a claim for compensation?

  • Once you have contacted us we will take you through a few simple questions about the criminal incident and the injuries you suffered, with our specialists able to make an immediate assessment as to whether you are entitled to compensation under scheme.
  • You can contact us over the phone, via e-mail, or request that we visit you to discuss the violent crime you were a victim of if you would feel more comfortable discussing the matter at home and with the support of others.
  • If we are satisfied you have a valid claim, our experts will advise you on how much compensation you should expect, as we will assess it in line with the CICA Scheme 2012 regulations.
  • We will then make your formal application to the CICA and ensure your case is processed as quickly and as smoothly as possible, working hard to gather all the evidence needed, and negotiating with the CICA on your behalf to ensure all rules of the scheme.
  • There is no cost to make a claim for compensation, our team operate on a no win no fee basis so there is no financial risk to you.

Not all claims for compensation will be successful; you must be eligible under the rules of the Scheme. Apply now for our risk-free assessment.

We charge 25% + VAT of whatever we reclaim for you, so if we successfully reclaim £3,000 our fee is £900 (inclusive of VAT), and £2100 goes to you. Please remember that we work on a No Win No Fee Basis, which basically means that if your claim is unsuccessful we will not make any money from your claim. We only charge you if your claim is successful. We do not charge any upfront fees for any of our services.

Start Your Personal Injury Claim

To check if you may be eligible to claim for a Personal Injury Claim fill out our short form to request a call back, telephone us directly on 0161 872 7874