Accident Solicitor in Whitley Bay
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through the process of making a compensation claim for your injuries.
Claims for criminal injuries in Whitley Bay are made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which administers compensation to people who have been unlucky enough to experience pain and suffering following a violent crime.
Determining your eligibility for CICA compensation
Before you apply for a compensation award from the CICA, you will need to ensure that you are eligible. You may be eligible to apply if:
• You have sustained injuries serious enough to qualify for the CICA’s minimum award of £1,000.
• You were injured in an act of violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales.
• You reported the crime to the police in a timely manner.
If you are eligible to receive compensation, you must make your application within two years of the incident that caused your injuries. However, the CICA may accept applications outside of this strict time limit if they believe that exceptional circumstances prevented you from submitting your claim.
If you are considered eligible to receive a compensation settlement, the CICA will use their tariff of awards to determine the amount of compensation you should receive. Examples of some of the available settlements include:
• £3,500 for a broken jaw
• £27,000 for the loss of an eye
• £1,500 for the loss of a tooth
• £1,000 for a broken shinbone
• £11,000 for scarring
Making a claim for CICA compensation
You can make a compensation claim without seeking the help of an accident solicitor in Whitley Bay. However, the accident solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline possess considerable experience in making CICA claim applications and they will be happy to discuss the process of making a claim in plain English.
Meeting the cost of hiring an accident solicitor in Whitley Bay
When you make a claim to the CICA, your legal fees will not be recoverable. This means that you must dig deep into your savings or find an accident solicitor who is willing to represent you on a 100% no win, no fee basis. At Accident Advice Helpline, we may agree to enter into a 100% no win, no fee agreement with you. Under such an agreement, you will not have to find the money to pay for your accident solicitor in Whitley Bay upfront.
To get in touch with one of our accident solicitors, call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or use our 30-second test and let us provide you with a fast and efficient legal service.
Date Published: 4th December 2013
Author: David Brown