The nature of a criminal injury compensation claim can vary widely, often involving injuries that are both physical and psychological with long-term traumatic effects. You may have been a victim of:
But regardless of the criminal act that has left you injured, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
If you've suffered an injury as a result of criminal activity, then you can still make a claim for compensation even if nobody has been charged or convicted. This is because compensation is paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and not the responsible party.
In the UK there is a government organisation called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) that can compensate people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the blameless victim of a violent crime. Compensation awards can range from £1,000 to £500,000 depending on the circumstances and severity of the injury.
We are able to make a claim to the CICA on your behalf for to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
In order for us to consider your claim, you case needs to meet certain criteria:
The CICA can provide various levels of compensation depending on the injury and circumstances. The amount of compensation awarded depends on the particular circumstances of the criminal act and the nature of the injuries sustained.
Please see the CICA website for more information, however below are a few examples of types of injury and compensation awarded:
|Criminal Injuries Compensation Tariff||Amount|
|Broken jaw with continuing significant disability||£8,200|
|Loss of four or more front teeth||£5,500|
|Broken nose causing loss of smell and taste||£16,500|
|Serious, permanent eye injury||£13,500|
|Loss of sight in one eye||£22,000|
|Loss of spleen||£11,000|
|Facial scarring causing severe disfigurement||£11,000|
|Severe head or neck burns||£16,500|
|Severe face burns||£27,000|
|Burns Affecting multiple areas of body covering over 25% of skin area, with significant scarring||£33,000|
|Persistent pattern of severe sexual or physical abuse over a period exceeding 3 years||£8,200|
|Very serious brain injury||£175,000|
|Paralysis of one side of the body||£55,000|
|Paralysis of lower limbs||£175,000|
|Paralysis of all four limbs||£250,000|
Source: www.justice.gov.uk/victims-and-witnesses/cica accurate as of August 2012.
It is not only adults who can be the victims of violent crime. Sadly, many children also sustain physical or psychological injuries as a result of a criminal attack or sexual abuse. In some circumstances the normal time limits on CICA claims may be waived allowing claims to be made many years after the event.
Where the victim is a child the CICA will generally retain the award in an interest-bearing bank account until the child is 18 years old.
The CICA do not pay a claimant's legal fees and in cases involving more minor injuries, legal advice may be unnecessary. We can advise you on whether to involve a solicitor and the best way to fund your legal costs in more complicated cases. With our expertise we can maximise the criminal injury compensation awarded.