Making criminal injury claims – essential dos and don’ts
Government statistics show that the incidence of violent crime is falling. Even so, over 1 million reports of violent crime injuries are recorded each year. If you are a victim of a violent crime you may have physical or psychological symptoms to cope with. Also, many people suffer financially because they cannot work at all or cannot work as many hours as they used to. If you wish to start making criminal injury claims, read on.
The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority was set up to provide compensation to people who have been injured by violent crime. The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority is a government organisation that can pay compensation to people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the blameless victim of a violent crime.
Some dos for criminal injury claims
- The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority uses a set of rules to determine who will receive compensation. If you are not sure how to deal with these ring a specialist law firm like Accident Advice helpline to help you.
- Contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible so that we can guide you through the process. Although, even if your criminal injury happened a while ago it is likely that you can still claim.
- Tell the friendly, professional advisers all the details of the incident including the types of injury that you have. Take the unique Accident Advice Helpline 30-second test which will help you to work out which criminal injury claims are likely to be successful. You do not have to pursue the claim unless you want to.
- Keep records of any money that you have had to spend as a result of the criminal injury. This includes money that you have lost by not being able to work and any extra costs that you have incurred like having to pay for childcare or travelling to medical appointments.
Some don’ts for making criminal injury claims
- Don’t worry about expensive legal costs. You will be put in touch with one of our nationwide team of lawyers who are experienced in criminal injury claims. They work on a no win no fee basis.
- Don’t worry about visiting lawyers. Most criminal injury claims can be handled over the telephone and very few cases actually require you to appear in court. You may need to attend one appointment with a doctor for a medical assessment. Of course, the exact amount of compensation that you will get cannot be guaranteed as it varies from case to case.
- Don’t just pick any old company at random; choose one that you can trust. Accident Advice Helpline has been established for over 10 years. We are fully endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen. You can call the advice helpline whenever you need to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
So for expert legal advice about making possible criminal injury claims, call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 8th November 2012