The calculation for your criminal injury claim in South Ruislip
The Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme is funded by the government, who recognise that no amount of money will compensate you for the experience you have been through but see it as public recognition of the trauma you have suffered. It is meant for blameless victims of crime who have exhausted every other avenue of recompense and still been unsuccessful in obtaining justice.
The severity of your injury determines the amount of compensation, the amounts being laid down by parliament. Your criminal injury compensation amounts can be affected if you have a criminal record, even if you were totally blameless in the incident that led to your injury. There is a penalty points system in place for such cases which awards points from 1 to 10, each point being worth a 10% reduction in a criminal injury claim in South Ruislip.
Reporting the crime for an injury claim in South Ruislip
The crime which caused your injury must have been reported to the police as soon as possible after the event, and you must have assisted the police with their enquiries. This is to give the police the best chance of apprehending the person who committed the crime. If you are unable to do this yourself, someone else should do it on your behalf so that your injury claim in South Ruislip is not in jeopardy. You then have two years to make your claim, unless you were under 18 at the time of the incident, when special rules apply.
There are other payments from the scheme that can affect the amount that you are awarded
In addition to compensation for your injury, there are various other payments that will be considered, but the onus is on you supply all the required supporting documentation. Other payments that may be added to your injury claim in South Ruislip are:
- Probate costs;
- Loss of earnings;
- Special expenses payments;
- Bereavement payments;
- Childcare payments;
- Dependency payments;
- Certain other payments in fatal cases; and
- Funeral expenses.
If you have two or more injuries that are considered equally serious, then after the first one you are paid on a sliding scale as follows:
- 100% of the compensation amount for the most serious of the injuries;
- 30% of the compensation amount for the second most serious injury; and
- 15% of the compensation amount for the third most serious injury.
The scheme does not pay for more than three injuries.
Making sure that you are awarded the correct amount
The criminal injuries scheme is very complex and it’s crucial to ensure you are properly represented to fully benefit from it. Accident Advice Helpline have a host of experts to ensure this happens and over 15 years’ experience in dealing with cases like yours.
Accident Advice Helpline operate entirely on a no win no fee basis, so you have nothing to lose by phoning our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4 123. Alternatively, you could try our 30-second calculator that will give you a good idea of how much you may be awarded.