Being the victim of an attack, whether physical or mental, can be a very upsetting experience. Although the number of cases is quite low in the UK, it is useful to know how to go about seeking assault injury advice if you are unfortunate enough to experience such a traumatic event. As soon as possible after the incident we suggest you seek the assistance of a specialist solicitor. We at Accident Advice Helpline are able to provide all the information you need in order to file a claim for compensation.
Know your options
An assault does not always have to be physical for you to be entitled to compensation. Anyone who threatens or abuses you emotionally, psychologically or financially can be found guilty of a form of assault. Regardless of the type of injuries you have suffered as a result, be they physical, emotional or psychological, you can make a criminal assault injury claim for compensation in three different ways:
- Claiming through the CICA, which usually pays compensation to all victims of assaults occurring in the UK.
- Filing your claim against your employer if the incident happened at work. In these cases you have to prove that your employer has exposed you to risks that could have easily been avoided.
- Making a claim against your assailant directly. Bear in mind that your attacker may not be able to pay the compensation awarded, even if it is ordered by the court.
Understanding the process
To ensure that your claim has the best chance of success, you must report the incident to the police immediately after it takes place. This is extremely important, because assault injury claims are based on probabilities, including the probability of you being partially at fault for the incident, rather than on the “beyond reasonable doubt” method. By reporting the event to the police you actually prove your good intent, an action that is likely to exonerate you from any complicity.
If you decide to report the incident after several days, which might prevent the police from locating and apprehending the attacker, the CICA may believe that you have been somehow involved in the incident. In this case, the award you will receive, if any, will be very low; much lower than the amount you may otherwise have been entitled to.
Making your claim
In order to offer the best possible assault injury advice, we at Accident Advice Helpline are able to call on the services of a team of solicitors who specialise in such cases. When you first speak to one of our advisers you will be informed you that you can file your criminal injury compensation claim yourself or hire one of our experienced personal injury lawyers to file it on your behalf. If you decide to take advantage of our service you will be allocated a solicitor who will consider your individual case. Remember, you can rely on us to not only file your claim for compensation, but also support you during your time of need.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown