The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a Ministry of Justice sponsored agency that deals with compensation claims from people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the victim of a violent crime.
You may be eligible to apply to the CICA for compensation if you yourself were injured, a close relative died, you saw the crime happen to a dependent or relative (or were there immediately afterwards) or you paid for the funeral of a person who died. You might also be able to claim compensation if you were taking a “justified and exceptional” risk trying to stop a crime. The crime must have reported to the police by you without delay, and you must claim within two years of the date of the incident. No compensation is payable unless the injury attracts a minimum value of £1,000.
Compensation may be awarded for:
Compensation claims made to the CICA do not follow the usual court process. You can apply to the CICA yourself without legal representation and advice. We advise this for less serious criminal injuries because CICA awards do not include legal costs (they have to be paid out of the award), so it would not make financial sense for you. For more serious criminal injuries, it may be advisable to have legal advice and representation from a specialist personal injury law firm such as Allan McDougall Solicitors.
If you’re not sure if you have a valid claim, what compensation amount your injury might attract, or whether you should apply to CICA yourself or instruct a solicitor, contact us for a confidential, no-obligation chat.
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