Injury lawyers in Staverton
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is for the victims of violent crimes when the assailant is either unknown or unable to pay compensation to their victim. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers it. They are a government-funded body whose job it is to award damages to blameless victims of violent crime when they fit the necessary criteria, which is:
- The crime must have happened within the last two years, unless you were below 18 at the time when the rules are adjusted slightly
- 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
Injury lawyers in Staverton say you must comply with the nationality rules as well
You have to meet certain residency or nationality requirements at the time of the incident. You should be a UK resident or:
- Be a British Citizen or a close relative of a British Citizen
- Be 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)
- Be 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)
- Be a national of a State party to the Council of Europe Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes
- Be a member of HM armed forces or an accompanying close relative of a member of HM armed forces.
If you fit the criteria and the nationality requirements, in most cases you would be entitled to make a criminal injury claim using injury lawyers in Staverton.
There are some circumstances under which the law does not allow a criminal injury claim to be made and even using injury lawyers in Staverton would result in no payment being 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 resided with
- If the injury happened after 1st October 1979 and you have continued to live with the person who caused the injury
Providing none of these apply to you, you should be talking to Accident Advice Helpline about making a criminal injury compensation claim.
The law firm to help
Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with injuries from accidents and crimes for over 13 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 of making your criminal injury claim. You can contact them on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123 which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week..
Date Published: 11th November 2013
Author: David Brown