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Making a CICA compensation claim

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Who can make a claim?

Anyone who has been mentally or physically injured as the result of assault or abuse is entitled to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Set up in 1996, the Government-run scheme aims to help blameless victims get their lives back on track by funding the support and rehabilitation they need.

Payments are funded by the Ministry of Justice using taxpayers’ money – so there’s no need to feel guilty about making a claim. It is in place solely to help people who have been victims of violent crime.

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Get in touch over the phone or via email and we will ask you a few simple questions to immediately assess whether you’re entitled to compensation, at no cost to you.

If we think you have a strong case, our experts will advise you about how much compensation to expect and take care of the application process on your behalf.

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The cases we pursue are funded on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis – so there’s no financial risk to you. It costs NOTHING to start the process.

After your free initial consultation, you can decide whether to carry on. If you don’t want to continue, there’s no obligation to do so and no charge.

We believe this allows victims of crime to make an informed decision, based on expert legal advice after all the relevant information has been reviewed.

Our experienced team of experts will guide you through the CICA claims process.

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If you satisfy the criteria, the amount of compensation you receive will be assessed from a set tariff – brackets which the settlement amounts fall under – ranging from £1,000 to £500,000.

Your pay-out will depend on the type of injuries you have sustained, but some of the most common awards received are:

  • Strained neck or whiplash injury lasting more than 13 weeks – £1,000
  • Fractured jaw – £1,500
  • Loss of a front tooth – £1,500
  • Significant scarring to the face – £2,400
  • Detached retina – £3,500
  • Fractured skull requiring an operation – £4,600
  • Nonpenetrative sexual acts over clothing – £1,000
  • Repeated rapes over a period exceeding 3 years – £44,000
  • Bereavement payments – maximum of £11,000
  • Child payments – £2,000 per year (until aged 18)
  • Dependency payments – weekly rate of statutory sick pay
  • Funeral payments – maximum of £5,000

In cases which involve significant long-term psychological damage, payments can be substantially higher, and our solicitors will be able to advise you on this very specific and more complex area of the claims process.

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The CICA usually aim to make a decision on applications within 12 months, but there are no specific timescales they work to.

Obviously more complex cases, where higher-value settlements may be required, can take longer. This obviously varies depending on each individual case, the amount of evidence needed and the severity of the abuse or injury.

No matter how long it takes to receive the justice you deserve, we’ll keep you updated about your case’s progresses every step of the way, and ensure we are working to bring the matter to a satisfactory conclusion as quickly as possible.

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Children are entitled to compensation under the CICA scheme, but an adult must make the application on behalf of a child.

The adult’s details and proof of their relationship to the child must be provided to the CICA.

Incidents which occur during childhood can still be reported after the age of 18. From the date of it being disclosed to the police, the claimant then has two years to pursue a claim with the CICA.

However, we would always recommend making applications as soon as possible. because the longer it’s left, the harder it becomes to obtain evidence.

On occasions, police forces investigating crimes advise victims not to pursue CICA claims until the end of criminal proceedings such as court hearings. If this advice has been given to you please contact our team today.

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Innocent victims of crime often expect the CICA to be sympathetic when they apply for compensation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Pursuing a case with the CICA can prove a complex, lengthy and frustrating process – and having expert legal assistance could make the difference between a successful or rejected claim.

If you use an experienced CICA solicitor, they’ll be fully aware of the application process. They can also make the process smoother and less harrowing by chasing up and securing any evidence, police statements, medical reports or social services reports which may need to be considered.

They’ll also advise you about your potential award and tell know if they think your circumstances warrant a larger settlement. If required, they can also appeal against a rejected claim and prepare a subsequent review.

Read all the benefits of using a solicitor – see our in-depth Q&A page.

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No settlement will ever take away your pain or suffering, but it can help to cover the cost of medical treatment, loss of earnings, short and long-term care needs and ongoing support and counselling.

The maximum award possible is £500,000 but cases can be re-opened for financial readjustment if there are ongoing medical issues.

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