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Criminal Injuries

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) deal with claims from people who have been physically or mentally injured as a result of a violent crime.

In order for a claim to be considered by the CICA two specific requirement must be met:

  1. The incident must have been reported to the police promptly
  2. The victim must co-operate or must have co-operated with the police to bring the assailant to justice

A “crime of violence” is a crime which involves:

  1. A physical attack
  2. Another act of a violent nature which causes physical injury to a person
  3. A threat against a person, causing fear of immediate violence in circumstances which would cause a person of reasonable firmness to be put in such fear
  4. A sexual assault to which a person did not consent
  5. Arson or firing-raising

There are approximately 400,000 application for Criminal Injuries Compensation each year and the scheme pays out approximately £200 million in compensation.

Compensation from the scheme can include payment for:

  1. Injury
  2. Loss of earnings
  3. Special expenses
  4. Bereavement payments
  5. Child’s payment s
  6. Dependency payments
  7. Funeral payments

Where a person is eligible for an injury payment in respect of an injury requiring an operation, no separate injury payment will be made in respect of the scarring arising from that operation.

Where the criminal injury includes the acceleration or exacerbation of an existing condition an injury payment will be paid only in relation to the degree of the exacerbation or acceleration.

The maximum payment awarded under the scheme is £500,000.

If you or a someone you know has been the victim of a violent crime which has resulted in a physical or mental injury then please contact or expert team who will talk you through the process of making a claim and will advise you on the prospects of your claim.

Please contact us on 0800 019 0324 or

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