Criminal Injuries & Assault Compensation
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) pays out compensation to those who have been injured in a crime. There is no requirement for the offender to have been caught before compensation has been paid out.
How Long do I Have to Make a Criminal Assault Claim?
Ensure that you bring your claim within two years of the date of the incident; although in very limited circumstances a claim can be brought outside of the two year period, for example, a claim brought by an adult for abuse suffered as a child. A claim can also be made on behalf of a deceased person by the person responsible for the victim’s affairs.
Most types of crime are covered by the CICA including direct victims and third parties, for example, members of the public who have been injured whilst trying to assist the police. Compensation can also be claimed for mental / psychological injuries and consequential loss such as loss of income or medical expenses. The amount of compensation that will be paid out by the CICA is determined on a case by case basis and varies depending on the seriousness of the injury. The minimum payment is for £1,000 and it is capped at £500,000.
Claim Compensation as a Victim of Crime
The CICA will consider other factors before making an award including the conduct of the victim both during the incident and subsequently and whether the victim has a criminal record. There are certain steps that a victim of crime must follow in order to make a successful claim and this is why it is recommended that you appoint a personal injury claims solicitor to assist you as the onus is on the victim to show that he or she is eligible to claim. Typically, victims must report the incident to the police as soon as possible and should seek medical attention without delay.
Whilst monetary redress may not compensation the victim of crime for their loss entirely it can certainly offer some comfort. It is therefore important that you make a strong a claim as possible with the assistance of an experienced personal injury claims solicitor.
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