Although it’s one of the simplest cases from a legal point of view, claiming compensation after an assault can be one of the toughest emotional challenges a victim has to face. At Accident Advice Helpline, we deal with many claims of this nature and understand the stress involved. We have developed a system that makes things as easy as possible for you. Our lines are open 24/7, so you can call us whenever you are ready and we will take you through the process at your own pace.
What to do
You can claim for compensation at any point during the three year period immediately after the assault, but the sooner you feel able to do it – the better your chances of success. In order to have a valid claim, you will need to receive medical treatment for any problems you have suffered as a result of the assault. These problems can include physical injuries or ongoing psychological distress, which sometimes takes a bit longer to develop. If you are not sure whether you are eligible to claim, our advisers can help you to work out if your claim is valid.
Claiming compensation after an assault depends on your being able to prove that the assault took place, as well as showing that that the injuries and distress you suffered were a direct result. This is much easier if you have reported the incident to the police; some forms of compensation will not be available if you have not done so. If you are able, take the details of any witnesses to the crime and pass them on to your solicitor.
Three ways to claim
There are three ways a criminal injuries compensation claim can be brought. Firstly, you can claim directly against your assailant. This kind of claim is relatively easy to win, but hard to enforce. If your assailant is poor or decides to play the system, you may receive your money very slowly. Secondly, you can claim against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. This option is only available if you have suffered serious injury, and you will have to pay legal costs if you win your case. Thirdly, if you are attacked while at work – in a manner your employer could have foreseen, you may be able to claim against your employer.
Criminal injuries compensation is awarded by the court on one of 25 different fixed levels, depending on the extent of the injury you have suffered. In some cases, however, you may be able to settle out of court. This may mean you can get your money more quickly.
Help from Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline can make claiming compensation after an assault much easier. You will not need any money to start your claim and we can immediately advise you on how much it is likely to be worth, helping you to decide if you want to go forward with it. If you decide to do so, we will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who will discuss your options with you.
Claiming compensation does not mean that you have to go through the whole stressful process that can be associated with a trial. You will not have to confront your assailant or take personal responsibility for gathering evidence that can be obtained from the police. Most of your case will be handled over the phone. A successful claim could make your life much better.