Criminal injury law compliance for my injury claim in South Shields
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is administered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), a government-funded body whose job it is to award damages to blameless victims of crime if the claim complies with criminal injury law.
There are certain criteria each claim must fit to qualify:
- The crime must have happened within the last two years, unless you were under 18 at the time, in which case special rules apply;
- You must have been a blameless victim of the crime;
- The incident must have been reported to the police;
- You must have helped the police with their enquiries;
- You must have received medical attention for your injuries; and
- You must have exhausted all other avenues of receiving compensation, such as the criminal themselves.
Complying with the nationality rules for a criminal injury claim in South Shields
Criminal injury law also states that you have to meet certain residency or nationality requirements at the time of the incident. You should be a UK resident or:
- A British citizen, or a close relative of a British citizen;
- A national of a member state of the European Union, or a family member of an EU national who has the right to be in the UK;
- A national of a member state of the European Economic Area, or a family member of an EEA national who has a right to be in the UK;
- A national of a state party to the Council of Europe Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes; or
- A member of HM armed forces, or an accompanying close relative of a member of HM armed forces.
The things that will stop you making a claim
There are some circumstances under which the law does not allow a criminal injury claim in South Shields and no payment would be made:
- If you did not report the incident to the police;
- If you were injured before 1st August 1964;
- If you have already applied for compensation for this particular injury through this or any other scheme;
- If your injury was inflicted before 1st October 1979 by a family member you lived with;
- If the injury happened after 1st October 1979 and you have continued to live with the person who caused the injury; or
- If the person who injured you could benefit from your award because there is still a close link between you.
If you fit into any of these categories, you would not be able to make an injury claim in South Shields for personal injury compensation.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with injuries from accidents and crimes for over 15 years. We have the experience you need for a quick and efficient conclusion to the traumatic experience you have suffered. Our advisors are highly trained professionals who are compassionate and will guide you through the processes. You can contact them on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123.