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Advice for victims of assault

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Making a CICA claim for assault

If you’ve suffered physical or psychological injuries due to an assault or violent crime, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Being assaulted can have devastating and traumatic repercussions, which may result in life-long changes to your personality, health, lifestyle and mental well-being.

It doesn’t matter if the abuse happened as an adult or child, we can help you access the justice you deserve. We’ll support and help you report the attack to police so the people responsible face justice.

We’ll also guide you through every step of the compensation process, liaising on your behalf with the CICA – a Government-run scheme set up in 1996 to help blameless victims get their lives back on track.

Settlements range from £1,000 to £500,000 and are funded by taxpayers so that survivors can receive the support and rehabilitation they need.

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Compensation is awarded by the CICA to people who’ve suffered many different kinds of assault – including:

  • Assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH)
  • Assault causing grievous bodily harm (GBH)
  • Domestic assault
  • Common Assault
  • Assault in public place
  • Acid attacks
  • Knife and stabbing attacks
  • Assault in the workplace – including prisons, traffic wardens, nursing and medical staff in hospitals
  • Assault by a security guard or ‘bouncer’
  • Criminal assault
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Assault leading to fatality
  • Sexual assault – any contact without consent

Stalking, touching over clothing, groping, drug-facilitated sexual assault, child sexual abuse and rape are some of the most common cases of sexual assault reported to the police.

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The CICA has many different tariffs of compensation, depending on your injuries.

Some of the most common are:

  • Permanent blurred or double vision £2400
  • Loss of front tooth – £1,500
  • Fractured jaw – £1,500
  • Significant scarring to the face – £2,400
  • Detached retina – £3,500
  • Fractured Arm – humerus, radius, ulna – £1,500
  • Fractured Leg – fibula £1,000, femur and tibia – £1,800
  • Abdomen injury requiring laparotomy – £1,800
  • Depressed fractured skull requiring an operation – £4,600
  • Non-penetrative sexual acts over clothing – £1,000
  • Non-penetrative sexual acts under clothing – £2,000
  • Repeated rapes over a period exceeding 3 years – £44,000

If you’ve been subjected to more than one form of abuse, the CICA will award compensation based on the most serious offence.

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Our experienced team of assault solicitors have expertise claiming for:

  • Injuries – your pain & suffering
  • Psychological damage & trauma
  • Rehabilitation & treatment costs
  • Past or current loss of earnings
  • Current or future care needs
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To start a CICA claim you MUST report the assault committed against you to the police.

For most assault cases, the compensation awarded by the CICA is based upon the evidence in the police report as there often isn’t any medical evidence.

If medical evidence is available, we can advise you whether to submit it and explain how it may benefit your case. It might mean your claim takes longer to deal with, but it could help you receive thousands more in compensation.

Before applying to the CICA, we strongly recommend seeking expert legal advice because the evidence your case relies upon really does matter.

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Yes. Every police force in England and Wales has a specialist unit to deal with assault complaints – and they treat all information with complete confidentiality.

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You can still apply even if the perpetrator was never convicted or has since died.

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If you were assaulted by someone you lived with before 1 October 1979, you can now apply for compensation under the CICA scheme following a law change in June 2019.

The unjust ‘same roof rule’ was scrapped and now means thousands of people who lived in the same home as their attacker can finally gain access to justice.

Even if you’ve been denied a settlement or previously told not to pursue a case due to the ‘same roof rule’, get in touch to start your claim.

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If a perpetrator targeted more than one person, we can take action on behalf of all the survivors as a group – even if only one person is willing to give evidence.

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Knowing when to apply is crucial and it’s important to fully understand your rights.

In most cases, your claim must be received by the CICA within two years of the date when the assault took place or was reported to the police.

For historic claims the rules are slightly different. We recommend seeking legal advice as soon as you feel able to discuss the details of your case.

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We advise not to wait for the outcome of a police investigation, court hearing or criminal case, before applying to the CICA.

It might feel like the ‘right’ thing to do, but from a legal perspective there is no reason to. The CICA don’t deal with cases any quicker because of a successful conviction.

If legal matters take more than two years (which they can), you could miss out on compensation if the time limit for claiming has passed.

Don’t delay, apply today – or you may actually hinder your case!

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In most assault cases, the CICA aim to settle within 12 months but complex claims often last longer. No matter how long it takes, we support you at every step.

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No, it will not be necessary to attend a criminal court. The CICA process stands completely separate to any criminal proceedings relating to crimes committed against you. Where we have advised you to pursue your case in order to achieve a successful outcome, it is necessary in some claims to attend an Appeal Tribunal in your local area but we will represent you at that hearing.

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