If you have made an unsuccessful claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), you may be thinking “how do I appeal against a decision?” You may feel you were not awarded the amount you deserve, or possibly there was no compensation settlement at all. When you find yourself in this position, help is available; you can approach the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal for assistance. This is the body previously named the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, which processes the cases of people who wish to appeal the decision of CICA.
For the innocent victims of any violent crime, the aftermath can be particularly hard to manage. As well as the physical injuries associated with violent crime, victims also suffer traumatic psychological damage that can remain long after the event. Bearing this in mind, the tribunal will always endeavour to approach each appeal conscientiously and with a high degree of sympathy.
When they make their ruling, it could go one of three ways: they may raise or lower the original compensation offered, they may maintain the verdict, or they may disregard your claim altogether. If you feel unhappy with the outcome, you may appeal.
Should you choose to follow this path, there is a 90-day time limit that comes into effect from the date written on the original decision notification. If, however, you are awaiting some vital documentation, it is likely that they will show some degree of flexibility.
In order to bolster your case, along with an accurately completed Notice of Appeal you should include any other supporting information that you deem relevant. This could take the form of witness statements, photographs or a doctor’s report.
The tribunal’s decision could be made on the basis of the paperwork you supplied, and if this is the case they will notify you of the judge’s decision by post. However, if a hearing takes place, you must attend. Other people present will include an appointed official from CICA, witnesses, administrative staff and the trial judges. As with any other court proceedings, you can expect to be questioned regarding your claim. The judge’s decision will then be handed down that day.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have an established network of legal professionals who can support you during this distressing time. If you are wondering “how do I appeal against a decision?”, we can help. As well as offering solid advice, our team will appoint a criminal injuries solicitor to your case, who will be chosen on the basis of their experience and ability to help you to obtain the compensation that you deserve.
Each aspect of the process will be explained to you and we can also provide assistance with filling in the necessary forms. Your solicitor will point out which types of evidence could support your appeal and help you to present all your documents in an acceptable format. Furthermore, we understand that naturally this is a time when you will be feeling nervous. You can be sure, therefore, that your solicitor will accompany you to the hearing and remain there, giving you the guidance and encouragement you need.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown