Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims

If you have been injured as a result of a criminal act you may be able to approach the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (“CICA”) to make a compensation claim.

Find out from us if you can claim by completing the online form on this page, or call us on 08000 124 246.

If successful, you will be compensated on the ‘tariff’ scheme and awarded compensation in accordance with the scheme.

Donoghue Solicitors can help you pursue your criminal injury claim with the CICA.

What is a criminal injuries compensation claim?

Criminal injuries claims are made by innocent victims of crimes of violence who have suffered physical and/or mental injuries. The CICA is a government backed and publicly funded organisation. It is not an insurance company, and behaves very differently as a result.

For example, in CICA claims the claimant is awarded damages on a fixed basis called the tariff scheme. This means that it is easier for victims to calculate what they would be entitled to, provided that they can prove their claims. However, unlike when dealing with insurers, there is no negotiation available, other than the option of going to a review or tribunal.

What do I have to do to make a criminal injury compensation claim with the CICA?

There are a number of strict rules that you must follow to make a criminal injury claim. For example, the incident which caused the injury must have been a criminal act and you must have been in Great Britain or certain other specified places (read more here) at the time. The police need to have been informed as soon as reasonably practicable, you need to co-operate with them in bringing your assailant to justice, and the application must be submitted to the CICA within 2 years.

The CICA’s rules are complicated so it is worth getting advice from our expert personal injury solicitors.

How much is my criminal injury compensation claim worth?

The CICA make awards of £1,000-£500,000. They apply a fixed ‘tariff’ scheme, but you must be able to satisfy their medical experts that your injuries qualify. Contact us for more information, and an indication of the likely damages which you could receive if you prove your criminal injuries claim.

How much will it cost to make my criminal injury claims?

Unfortunately, CICA claims are different to normal accident claims in that the CICA do not pay legal fees in the event of success.

Donoghue Solicitors can instead offer a contingency fee service, where we will agree a percentage amount with you which will be deducted from your damages if successful. E.g. if you recover £10,000 and we agree a 25% fee, you will receive £7,500 (subject to disbursements or other costs). In the event we do not recover damages for you, you will not have to pay anything, so there is no risk to you.

Speak to us for more information about this offer.

How do I get Donoghue Solicitors to start my criminal injury claim?

Complete the online form on this page, or call us on 08000 124 246.

Our personal injury solicitors will discuss your claim with you for free, and without obligation, so you can decide if you want to pursue your CICA claim.

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