Do you need to make a criminal injury claim in Rhayader?
If you have been the victim of a violent crime sometime with the last two years, and the injuries you sustained needed medical attention, you may be entitled to make an injury claim in Rhayader for criminal injury compensation.
What are the criteria for making a criminal injury claim in Rhayader?
There are several criteria you have to fit for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to consider you criminal injury claim in Rhayader. These include:
- The incident should have happened within the last two years, unless you were under 18 at the time in which case the rules alter slightly to allow you more time;
- You were the direct victim of a violent crime;
- You were not to blame for the incident;
- You sustained the injury while taking an exceptional and justified risk, while trying to remedy or prevent a crime;
- 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;
- The incident should have been reported to the police;
- You should have helped the police with their enquiries; and
- You should be a British citizen or an EU national with a right to be within the UK.
If you fit somewhere within the rules, you may well be eligible to make a criminal injury claim in Rhayader.
What will CICA pay for as part of the claim?
CICA administer the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which is government-funded to compensate the victims of violent crimes. The government realises that no amount of money can compensate for you experience, but want the award to be a show of public sympathy for your injuries. The amounts for each type of injury are decided by parliament. The scheme covers:
- Personal injury following a single incident;
- Personal injury following a period of abuse;
- Loss of earnings;
- Special expenses payments to cover specific injury-related requirements which are not free of charge from any source;
- Fatal injuries, including loss of parental services and financial dependency; and
- Funeral payments.
Who can help you to make a criminal injury compensation claim?
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make your criminal injury compensation claim. Being the victim of a violent crime is a traumatic and distressing experience without having to go through the stress of making a personal injury claim. Let us here at Accident Advice Helpline take that stress away and deal with matters for you. Our in-house solicitors have a wealth of knowledge in dealings with these type of claims and will make the whole process as trouble-free as possible for you, many claims being dealt with over the phone.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500/0333 500 0993 and speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will discuss your claim with you, give you free no-obligation advice and start the processes, should you decide you want to proceed.
Date Published: 15th September 2013
Author: David Brown