Being a witness to a crime can be a traumatising experience, perhaps even leading to mental injury. Unlike physical injury, mental trauma often has no outwardly noticeable signs, yet it can last for years or become a lifelong condition. The impact on your life can be devastating, affecting your earnings and standard of living. If you have suffered mental injury after witnessing a crime Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you claim compensation.
Am I eligible to claim after witnessing a crime?
In order to be eligible to claim the incident must have been reported to the police. If not you will be unable to claim compensation. Just as importantly, your behaviour during the incident and subsequent co-operation with the police’s investigation will also be taken into consideration.
The crime in question must have occurred in England, Scotland or Wales and within the past two years. Incidents that took place outside of this timescale may not be eligible for claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. By contacting Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible, one of our advisors will quickly decide if you have grounds for making a claim.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Due to the nature of criminal injury claims there is often no specific person to claim against, which is why the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was created in 1964. Using public funds, the organisation is able to offer compensation for a wide range of injuries.
Operating on a tariff system, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority offers 25 levels of compensation, ranging from £1,000 to £500,000. Alongside the tariff system additional payments may be awarded for loss of earnings and on-going treatment costs. Accident Advice Helpline’s team of specialist solicitors is on hand to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for the mental trauma you have suffered after witnessing a crime.
The claims process
The first step in any claim is a simple phone call to Accident Advice Helpline. Our helpful advisors will quickly establish if you have a case and begin the process of submitting a claim for compensation on your behalf. You will be allocated one of our team of specialist solicitors who has years of experience in dealing with criminal injury claims.
Once your claim has been made, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will review your case against their tariff system. Usually it will not be necessary for you to appear in court or take any further action, as police records relating to the incident will provide all the information required. In cases where on-going treatment is being claimed for, such as mental injury, a medical assessment may be required. In order to minimise disruption to your life this will be carried out by a medical professional local to your home.
If you have suffered a mental injury after witnessing a crime do not allow ongoing suffering to ruin your life. Remember, a quick phone call to one of our Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors can be the first step towards securing the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown