Any type of injury that was not your fault is upsetting. A criminal injury can be especially upsetting and distressing. You may have physical or psychological injuries to cope with. Also, many people suffer financially as the result of criminal injuries because they cannot work at all or cannot work as many hours as they used to. Some people have to pay for extra help with childcare or household tasks. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (also know as the Criminal Injuries Board) was set up to provide compensation to people who have been injured by a violent crime.
The Criminal Injuries Board uses a set of rules to determine who will receive compensation. You may decide that you need assistance in dealing with this and a law firm like Accident Advice helpline can help you.
Top 5 things you need to know about claiming from the Criminal Injury Compensation Board
- Contact a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible so that we can guide you through the process. Even if your criminal injury happened a while ago it is likely that you can still claim.
- Tell the friendly, professional advisors all the details of the incident including the types of injury that you have. This will help us to work out whether your claim to the Criminal Injuries Board is likely to be successful. You do not have to pursue the claim unless you want to.
- Once you are put in touch with one of our national team of solicitors, he or she will liaise with the Criminal Injury Compensation Board for you. Don’t worry about expensive legal costs. Our solicitors work on a no win no fee* basis.
- Keep records of any money that you have had to spend as a result of the criminal injury. This includes money that you have lost by not being able to work and any extra costs that you have incurred like having to pay for childcare or travelling to medical appointments.
- Most claims that are made to the Criminal Injury Compensation Board are handled over the telephone and very few cases actually require you to appear in court. You may need to attend one appointment with a doctor for a medical assessment. Of course, the exact amount of compensation that you will get cannot be guaranteed as it varies from case to case.
It is important that you feel assured that your solicitor is working in your best interests. Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with criminal injury board claims for over 10 years. We are fully endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen. You can call our advice helpline on 0800 689 0500 whenever you need to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Date Published: 8th November 2012
Author: David Brown