One of the lesser known types of personal & fatal injury claim are those that stem from violent or sexual criminal attacks. Victims can often not be provided with the information they need or can be daunted by the prospect of making a criminal injuries compensation claim after such a traumatic event.
Compensation is available from a government body known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (known as the CICA) and covers a wide range of injuries from physical to psychological stemming from crimes from assaults, attempted murders, rapes and arson attacks just to name a few. Importantly, you do not need to face your attacker again to bring a claim. This is an independent process provided the crime was originally reported to the police.
Criminal Injury Claims can also be made by family members who have sadly died as a result of a violent crime.
Criminal Injury claims compensation is available of up to £500,000 where:
- An injury is suffered
- A loss of earnings
- Equipment & Therapy
- Professional Deputy Costs (where a victim cannot manage their own affairs anymore)
- Bereavement & Dependency costs
- Funeral Costs
In 2014-15 only 304 claims were lodged with the CICA in the Brighton area yet there were just under 13,500 violent or sexual crimes reported to Sussex Police. This means nearly 98% of people who might be entitled to compensation may not be applying for money they are entitled to.
Please click here to read the most common questions we get asked about CICA claims and our responses. For more information on CICA claims and what the scheme is, please visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/criminal-injuries-compensation-authority
Why Instruct a Solicitor
At Dean Wilson, we have been able to help clients with a wide range of injuries maximise the compensation they are entitled to. When you have a claim, clear information needs to be given if a victim has suffered a loss of earnings, requires further equipment or treatment and if any care is required, all of which will increase compensation. Our team have been able to secure 5 and 6 figure sums of compensation for clients where originally they were offered far less by the CICA.
How Much Do criminal injury claims cost?
In assisting in these times of claim we at Dean Wilson offer our clients what are known as a “contingency fee agreement.” What this means is that in the event that the CICA do not offer any compensation, you would not pay our legal fees (except any disbursements for things like medical records). If you are awarded compensation by the CICA, we charge up to a maximum of 25% of the compensation awarded to you in payment of our fees. Therefore, if for example you were awarded £10,000, the most you would be charged is £2,500.