Leicester has been in the news following the discovery of the grave of King Richard III, after many years of searching for his remains, they were finally found and in February 2013 the DNA from them was confirmed as being that of the ‘lost’ king. There’s an exhibition in the mediaeval Guildhall in Leicester which details the search for those remains, and generally there is an attempt to attract tourists to Leicester who are interested in that particular English king. Of course there’s more to Leicester than Richard III as it has a long history, and is a vibrant modern city.
Perhaps you have visited Leicester, or you may live there, and if you have been involved in an accident which you can prove was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. For that reason, you may be currently engaged in looking for injury lawyers in Leicester to represent you.
Injury lawyers in Leicester
Injury lawyers in Leicester or elsewhere can also help you to file a personal injury compensation claim for an illness which you can prove was caused by another person’s negligence. You have three years from the date of being first diagnosed with the illness in which to file a claim. However, it is wise to find a firm of injury lawyers in Leicester, for example, as soon as you can, as some claims take years to settle if they cannot be settled out of court.
Injuries sustained in a crime
Richard III died of head wounds (although there were also signs of ‘humiliation’ wounds on other parts of the skeleton) in a battle with the forces of Henry Tudor, who later became Henry VII. If you have been injured in a violent crime, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the pain, distress and suffering you suffered, both mental and physical, through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
The crime must have been reported to the police and you should have a unique crime reference number to prove this. The CICA will ask the police for their report of the crime, and you will need to give them access to your medical report.
You can claim compensation through the CICA (a government body) if the act of violence took place in England, Wales or Scotland. You have two years in which to file a claim, and although you can claim without a criminal injuries lawyer, it would be better to have one represent you as the claims process can be long and complex.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think that you have a potential personal injury compensation claim to make, then you should call us at Accident Advice Helpline for help and expert legal advice. You can call on one of our freephone numbers whenever suits your schedule, as our lines are always open. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call us now?