Being the victim of a street mugging can be an extremely terrifying and traumatic experience, regardless of whether or not you are physically injured. It can take a long time to get over the psychological damage done by a mugging, and if you are also physically hurt, the severity of injuries can range dramatically. One question people sometimes ask after they have recovered from such an attack is whether or not they can claim compensation for a street mugging, and if so, how much.
Is it possible to claim compensation?
The simple answer to this is that, yes, it is possible. There are generally two different ways you can go about claiming compensation for a street mugging. The first is by contacting the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, or CICA. The purpose of CICA is to allow people to claim compensation whether they have been physically or mentally injured because of a violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales. It is possible to apply for and process a claim yourself with CICA, although with any legal process, this can be quite difficult. It is advisable to contact a solicitor if you want to make a claim through CICA, and remember they only deal with claims for compensation above £1000.
The second option you have if you want to claim compensation for a street mugging is to pursue a civil case against the perpetrator. In this instance you will almost certainly have to use a solicitor or law firm, as doing so yourself is even more complicated than going through CICA. Luckily, Accident Advice Helpline has a great deal of experience in helping people claim compensation, and you are free to contact us at any time for free initial advice.
How much compensation will you get for a street mugging?
The actual amount of financial compensation you can expect to be awarded will vary enormously, depending on the physical and emotional injuries you have suffered. Looking first at the physical side of things, you may have suffered anything from a black eye to life-threatening injuries in a street mugging, and the amount of compensation you will be awarded will vary accordingly. If your attacker was using a knife, for example, and actually injured you with it, you could expect a higher amount of compensation due to suffering such serious injuries.
It was reported in 2015 that more than 16,000 cautions or sentences were handed out for knife crimes in the UK between April 2014 and March 2015, this amounts to approximately 45 reported crimes a day.
Psychologically, being the victim of a street mugging can also be extremely serious. Most of us expect to be able to go about our daily business in public without having to worry about being physically attacked or robbed. When someone experiences a mugging for the first time, this can seriously shatter the illusion of safety, and make them less likely to want to venture out in public by themselves. Subsequently, a mugging victim can become withdrawn, depressed and suffer from anxiety. Compensation for a street mugging should reflect these psychological injuries just as much as any physical ones.
How common is violent crime?
In 2016 the Office for National Statistics reported that occurrences of violent crime had jumped 27% in the year leading up to September 2015. This meant that the total number of violent offences in England and Wales stood at 885,000, a rise of 185,666 on the previous year.
Of course, this all sounds very scary, but you are still very unlikely to be the victim of a street mugging in the UK. Taking some simple safety precautions such as staying in well-lit areas, not walking around at night on your own, and not venturing into areas you do not know very well can all keep you safer. Nevertheless, anyone who has experienced a street mugging will never forget it, and will likely always be more cautious and concerned because of it.
In fact, victims of violent crimes such as mugging often go on to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This can lead to the victim suffering from flashbacks and nightmares, as well as withdrawing from social interaction and having problems eating properly and getting enough sleep. Depression and anxiety can also be a factor when trying to deal with the psychological impact of being mugged, and seeking help from a therapist or counsellor is often necessary. If you’re interested in claiming compensation for street mugging, all of these factors should be considered when arriving at the correct financial award.
How do you go about claiming?
The easiest way to start a compensation claim, or simply to find out more about the process, is by contacting a professional and experienced law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline. Not only are we experts in UK compensation law, but with over 16 years’ experience in the industry, there is a very good chance we have dealt with a case such as yours. Although the amount of compensation you are likely to receive will vary depending on the severity of your physical and psychological injuries, Accident Advice Helpline will always strive to win the highest amount possible for you.
In fact, if we do not successfully win compensation for you, you will have no solicitors’ fees to pay because of our no-win, no-fee policy. With no upfront fees to pay either, it is good to know that you can start a street mugging compensation case without having to pay anything in advance or face very expensive fees.
Call today if you would like to find out more
It is actually very straightforward to start a compensation case or find out about the process involved. All you need to do is call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and discuss with one of our helpful team members the circumstances of your mugging. We will patiently take details of any physical and psychological injuries you sustained, and advise you on whether or not you can make a claim, and what the next steps involved are. Call today to see how we can help.
Date Published: 27th October 2013
Author: David Brown