There are circumstances in which you can find yourself in the middle of a crime and have the opportunity to act to save others, be it by interrupting a mugging or stopping a chase. When such acts result in injury, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was set up to make it as easy as possible for victims of criminal injury claim the compensation they are entitled to.
Consequences of acting to prevent a crime
When a crime is taking place, it is often an instinctive reaction to go to the aid of others without regard for your own safety. However, such noble gestures can come at a cost, with the potential for you to be seriously injured. Whether you suffer broken bones or emotional trauma, the outcome can have an adverse impact on your life and earnings potential over the longer term. If this happens to you the Accident Advice Helpline is here to offer advice and with a quick phone call we can begin to process your criminal injury whilst trying to prevent a crime claim.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Due to the nature of criminal injury it is often the case that there is no one person or organisation to make a claim against. Therefore, in 1964, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was established to provide compensation from public funds to those injured by violent crime.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has a scale of payments ranging from £1,000 to £500,000, based on a 25-level tariff system. Additional payments can be made for fatalities, on-going medical expenses and loss of earnings. With this robust system in place, if you are a victim of criminal injury whilst trying to prevent a crime it could not be simpler to gain compensation. At the Accident Advice Helpline we have a simple 30-second test to determine if you have grounds for claiming. All it takes is a single phone call and if you have a case you will be connected to one of our specialist solicitors who will work with you to process your claim.
Eligibility to claim
In order to be eligible for a criminal injury whilst trying to prevent a crime claim there are a small number of simple conditions to be met. The crime must have occurred in the past two years in England, Scotland or Wales and have been reported to the police. Also, your injury must be extensive enough to warrant at least £1,000 of compensation. If you believe you meet these criteria Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim today.
Along with these basic conditions there are several other factors the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will take in to account. Your behaviour during the incident can directly affect your claim; for example, if you were excessively aggressive or violent whilst stopping the crime it may negatively impact your claim. An existing criminal record or lack of co-operation with police may also be taken into account and finally, a medical assessment may be necessary to ascertain the extent of your injuries.
If you believe you have grounds for making a claim simply give us a call and we will do all we can to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown