Criminal expert injury lawyers in Letchworth
Personal injury compensation claims are a specialised area of law, which requires an extensive knowledge of all the ins and outs of the legal ramifications of the cause of an injury and its consequences, an example of this being criminal injuries.
Dame Esther’s free guide to making a criminal injury claim with expert injury lawyers in Letchworth
Esther’s free guide to making a criminal injury claim would refer to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) booklet which tells you about your eligibility to make a claim under their criteria.
- You sustained a mental injury as a result of witnessing or being involved in the immediate aftermath of an incident in which a loved one is injured
- You are the qualifying relative of a victim who has died from injuries caused by a crime of violence
- You were a direct victim of a crime of violence
- You were not to blame for the incident
- You sustained an injury while taking an exceptional and justified risk, while trying to remedy or prevent a crime
There is no legal definition of a crime of violence but it is generally deemed to be
- A sexual assault to which you did not consent
- Arson or fire raising
- Any sort of omission which is considered a crime of violence if that omission, such as withholding something you need to stay alive, results in a physical injury
- A physical attack by an assailant
- Any sort of act of a violent nature which causes physical injury to you
- A threat against you, causing you fear of immediate violence in circumstances which would cause a person of reasonable firmness to be out in such fear
You have two years from the date of the incident to make your claim, unless there are extenuating circumstances, which meant you, or someone else on your behalf, could not do so. Then the CICA will consider a late claim.
If the crime against you was sexual abuse and you were under 18, you have until you turn 20 to make your claim. This is because the CICA recognize that children are not always able to do anything about the abuse until a later stage.
In all circumstances you must have
- Reported the crime to the police
- Helped the police in any way you can to assist the in apprehending the criminal
- If you were living with the person who injured you, as a family member, at the time of the incident, you must be no longer living with them
- Medical evidence where required
Esther’s free guide would then tell you to contact our expert injury lawyers in Letchworth at Accident Advice Helpline, to get the right advice you need for submission to the CICA of your personal injury compensation claim.
We have a free helpline number, 0800 689 0500, where you will find the advisers friendly and compassionate to your case. They will assist you all they can in putting your claim into motion with expert injury lawyers in Letchworth. You could if you want, complete the 30-second test on our website which will give you some guidance to the amount you may be awarded.
Date Published: 5th October 2013
Author: David Brown