The CICA provides a free service to victims of violent crime. Although it cannot fully compensate victims, the level of settlements it provides recognise their suffering, whilst providing them with the financial support to go on. If you are wondering why you need to involve a solicitor in order to approach this free service, which promotes a straightforward claim application process, it is imperative to understand that an assault injury claim can be very complicated.
Making a claim for compensation against the CICA
Without legal assistance you may not understand the rules that apply to your particular case or may be unable to deal with the paperwork that the CICA requires you to provide. If your child has been mistreated by a babysitter or if you are an adult survivor of child abuse, you may not want to file a claim for compensation alone. Furthermore, a parent with a child suffering from physical, emotional or psychological trauma needs all the support he or she can get in order to overcome difficult moments. We, the advocates working at Accident Advice Helpline, can help you with all these and many other issues.
To assist you in getting the compensation award you are entitled to, we will gather evidence that supports your claim, verify the information needed to complete the application form, obtain expert witness testimony and provide the evidence the CICA requires in order to extend the two-year time limit, if applicable. In addition, we can apply for a review of your case and appeal the CICA’s decision if the compensatory award is lower than you deserve. If you are not satisfied with the final decision, we can help you sue your assailant through the civil court.
Suing the person who assaulted you
Sometimes, suing attackers for compensation is the only way that you, as a victim of violent crimes, can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you intend to sue your aggressor, the personal injury solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline can help you through the process.
It should be borne in mind that suing your assailant will be worthwhile only if he or she can be traced and has sufficient assets to pay the compensation you are looking for. To be sure that your claim has a better chance of being approved, our personal injury solicitors will verify whether your assailant has been convicted or not. If the court has already found him or her guilty of the crime there will be good prospects of success in your compensation claim.
Under the UK law, you have the legal right to make a compensation claim against the CICA and pursue a legal action against your assailant at the same time. If both actions are successful, you will be obliged to repay the money awarded by the CICA. As you can expect receive more money by claiming though the civil courts, it is worthwhile to pursue both avenues.
If you believe you have a valid assault injury claim, you are welcome to contact our personal injury solicitors for specific advice on your individual case via our freephone number – 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown