Violent crimes can dramatically change your life in a split second, resulting in loss of earnings and on-going medical problems. They can result in a one off injury or long-term medical problems and be physical, emotional or psychological. If you have suffered a criminal injury as a result of a single accident we suggest you start your claim for the compensation you deserve by contacting the Accident Advice Helpline.
What is a criminal injury as a result of a single accident?
A criminal injury is a broad term used to describe any serious injury sustained as the direct result of a crime. It covers injuries such as serious falls, stabbings or beatings sustained due to being a bystander or direct victim of crime. Criminal injury also extends to the on-going loss of earnings or limitations imposed by physical injuries and mental trauma.
Regardless of the severity of your injury, being the victim of a crime can be a traumatising experience, which is why Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you quickly and easily make a claim for the compensation you are entitled to.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Personal injury claims are made against the organisation or person responsible for your injury; however, in cases of criminal injury there often isn’t a person to claim against. For this reason the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was established in 1964 to offer the victims of violent crime a means of obtaining compensation.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority offers a tariff system of claims, whereby injuries are organised into 25 levels, with compensation ranging from £1,000 to £500,000. We at the Accident Advice Helpline are here to help guide you through the entire process to ensure you receive the level of compensation you are entitled to for the criminal injury you have sustained.
In addition to their tariff payments the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority also offers a range of other payments. These include recompense for the death of a family member, loss of earnings or on-going treatment costs.
Who can make a criminal injury as a result of a single accident claim?
Criminal injury claims made as a result of a single accident extend to anyone affected by an act of crime, not just the victim. In other words, if you were the direct victim, a bystander or witness you may be entitled to compensation. Additionally, anyone who intervenes directly to apprehend a criminal and or who suffers a criminal injury where no conviction is made is also eligible to claim.
In order to make a claim for a criminal injury there are a small number of basic conditions to be met. Your injury must have been sustained as the result of a criminal act committed in England, Scotland or Wales; it must have been reported to the police and have occurred within the past two years. Your injury must also be serious enough to warrant £1,000 or more of compensation. If you meet these criteria then the Accident Advice Helpline can begin preparing your claim today.
Most claims for criminal injury do not involve you having to attend court and can often be processed entirely over the telephone, so there is no reason to delay making a claim for the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown