If you are the victim of a violent crime in the UK you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which pays compensation to victims of violent crimes which have occurred in Great Britain (including British aircraft, hovercraft and ships but not Northern Ireland). The CICA is an organisation set up to compensate victims of violent crime.
There is very strict criteria and eligibility for claims made via the CICA. Several special criteria apply to claims made via the CICA; including: -
A two year deadline for making your compensation claim;
The crime must be reported to the Police;
Any criminal record you may have will be taken into account;
You must also ordinarily be a UK resident or member of the EEA;
Certain types of incident may not be covered under the scheme;
No legal costs are payable, meaning that you must either deal with the CICA directly yourself and keep your full compensation award or appoint a personal injury solicitor to deal with the compensation claim for you and pay them a fee.
No personal injury valued at less than £1,000, under the provisions of the scheme will be considered as they deal with compensation claims for serious injuries only.
Compensation is not paid for the first 28 weeks of lost earnings and the amounts are capped.
Please contact us on 01245 860 220 for a free consultation to evaluate your claim.