Although violent crimes are intentional rather than accidental, apart from the time limit the same rules apply. Your injuries must have been caused by someone else and have been severe enough to need medical attention – the time limit is two years, not three. Providing this applies to you, you can make Bolsover accident claims for compensation.
Report it to the police
Bolsover accident claims for injuries sustained in a violent crime are paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), that administer this government-funded scheme. They will only look at your claim if you cannot get your compensation from the assailant, either because you do not know who it is, or they do not have the means to pay you.
You also must have reported the incident to the police, and helped them with their enquiries, otherwise the CICA will not even consider your claim.
The other rules you need to comply with
There are other rules that apply to making Bolsover accident claims for injuries sustained in a violent crime, such as being a UK citizen, or a EU national with a right to be in the UK. They will not pay you any compensation if the person that assaulted you lived with you at the time of the assault, and still lives with you, or if the assailant will benefit from the award.
Payments from the CICA for Bolsover accident claims made because of a violent crime
The scheme covers payments for:
- Special expense payments, to cover specific injury-related needs which are not available free of charge from any other source
- Fatal injuries, including loss of parental services and financial dependency
- Funeral payments
- Personal injury following a single incident
- Personal injury following a period of abuse
- Loss of earnings
The CICA is strict about claimants complying with its rules, and quite rightly so, as they only want to pay compensation to victims who are genuinely entitled to it. If you check out their website you can see all the rules and exceptions so that you can decide if you can proceed with a compensation claim.
Making a compensation claim by using Accident Advice Helpline to help
The above is the basics of the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme, and we can help you submit your claim to the CICA. Like all personal injury claims, they can be time consuming and complex if you have not made a claim before, but we aim to made it simple and quick taking all the stress off your shoulders.
Just call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to one of our advisors; you will find them friendly and compassionate and the call will be in complete confidence.
You have no need to worry about financing your claim as we never ask for any money for the work to be started, or if your claim is not won. We use the no win no fee* agreement, and this covers it all.