If you are the victim of a violent crime it can often be quite traumatic.
As well as the shock of the incident there is often the cost of the injuries themselves both in terms of treatment and lost wages through not being able to work.
With this guide to claiming for criminal injuries we can offer our assistance in helping you get the compensation you deserve.
The information you need
After a crime has occurred it can be difficult to focus on details. Therefore if you can possibly prepare before a crime happens and learn what you need to do it can make it easier should the unthinkable happen.
The information you will need to make a claim is:
- The unique police reference number of your case
- Contact details for any doctors or medical staff who treated your injury
- The date of any upcoming court case
It is also beneficial if you have any statements from people who witnessed the event at the time who are prepared to come forward.
Claiming for criminal injuries – who pays?
Some people seek compensation directly from a person that attacked them. While this should work in theory as the perpetrator is the one responsible for causing physical and emotional damage, the reality of the situation is that even if a criminal is found guilty you may not necessarily get the compensation from them.
Another alternative is to seek compensation from your workplace if this incident took place at work. In this instance you could potentially get compensation if you can prove that your employer unacceptably put you at risk.
If it is not possible to claim from either the perpetrator or a workplace it is also possible to make a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a public body set up to pay compensation to victims of crime.
Talk to Accident Advice Helpline
It is understandable that you may be hesitant at first to discuss this kind of claim. It can be intimidating and many people can be understandably traumatised after being the victim of a violent incident.
Accident Advice Helpline has had experience in a number of cases over the past 13 years. We can discuss these issues sensitively without offering you a hard sell. It is about giving you the guidance you need to help pursue a claim and to give you relevant advice to allow you to make a choice that’s right for you.
You can contact us 24 hours a day and there will always be someone there to answer your call. A number of online reviews have praised the friendly and calm manner of our staff who will do their utmost to help you as much as they can.
Get in contact today to find out how we can help you.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Criminal injury claim