Most people are aware of personal injury claims, even if they do not know all the law relating to them. But there are fewer that realise the same principles apply to injuries caused by a violent assault, and that they can claim compensation for the suffering they have been forced to endure.
Making a criminal injury claim in North Kesteven against the person that assaulted you
The first person you should make a criminal injury claim in North Kesteven against is the person who assaulted you, if you know who that is. If you do not know who the villain was, or you do but they do not have the means to pay the compensation you are awarded, the government have a scheme in place to make sure you do not lose what is rightfully yours.
Making a criminal injury claim in North Kesteven with the CICA
The government believes that innocent victims should receive compensation, if for no other reason than as public recognition of what you have been through. There is a scheme in place especially to pay victims of these situations, called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS). This scheme is administered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), who has a set of rules and regulations, agreed by parliament that they have to adhere to.
Although there are many rules that entitle you to make a claim with them, and some that bar you from doing so, there are some very basic ones that must apply to every claim.
- You must have been the victim of a violent crime for which you were in no way to blame
- You must have been injured severely enough to need medical attention
- You must have reported the incident to the police and assisted them with their enquiries so that they have the best chance of apprehending the criminal
- The crime must of happened some time in the last two years
- You must be a UK citizen, or the citizen of a EU member state with a right to be in the UK
These are the first things the CICA will be looking at when you make a criminal injury claim in North Kesteven, and if they apply to you they will consider your compensation claim.
Getting the right help for your personal injury claim in North Kesteven
The CICS is a complicated scheme, made this way, and quite rightly so, because the CICA want to be certain they only pay genuine claims. You claim has more chance of a successful outcome with the solicitors and lawyers of Accident Advice Helpline behind you.
You can get in touch with us very easily by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Not only will the phone call be free, the advice you are given will be free, and it will be free of any obligation to use our services.
Date Published: 29th October 2014