In cases where a criminal injury occurs it is often impossible to bring charges: the criminal may not be convicted due to the nature of the crime; previous offences might be involved or it could be that the culprit cannot be found. In such situations it is not unreasonable for you to ask the question: “Can I claim if the criminal wasn’t convicted?” When claiming for criminal injury what really matters is whether or not the injury was sustained as a direct result of a crime; it is certainly not necessary for the perpetrator to be convicted.
If you have been injured by criminal activity where no convictions have been made, there is no need to worry, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can still get you compensation you deserve.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
In most criminal injury claims, especially those where no conviction have been made, there is no-one to claim against. To overcome this problem, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which was formed in 1964, provides compensation from public funds to those facing serious injury as the result of criminal acts.
Operating a 25-level tariff system, the authority is able to award between £1,000 and £500,000 in compensation. In order to minimise your stress when dealing with the complex claims process we suggest you contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. A quick call to one of our helpful advisers will begin the claims process and ensure you receive the level of compensation you are entitled to.
In addition to the basic tariff system, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority can also make payments for loss of earnings, on-going medical bills and fatalities.
Claiming when the criminal wasn’t convicted
In order to claim for your criminal injury you must first ensure that the crime is reported to the police. In cases of mugging or other less serious crimes, where you do not get a clear view of the assailant, it can be tempting not to report the incident, as there is no chance of a conviction. However, if you wish to claim compensation for your injuries it is vital to report the crime to the police; even without a conviction this ensures you can claim criminal injury compensation.
For your claim to be successful your injury must have been sustained in England, Scotland or Wales and within the past two years. If you meet both these criteria an adviser at Accident Advice Helpline will be in a position to provide a definitive answer to the question, ‘Can I claim if the criminal wasn’t convicted?’ All you have to do is take our 30-second test and we will be able to tell you whether or not you have a valid case. If you do, we will connect you with one of our specialist solicitors who will handle the claim for you and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
While the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is evaluating your claim it may be necessary for you to undergo a medical assessment. However, most cases will not involve you having to attend court. Your claim may also be affected by how you co-operated with the police at the scene of the crime, any convictions you may have and your behaviour during the incident.
Date Published: October 13, 2013
Author: David Brown