The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (sometimes referred to as Personal Injuries Compensation Board), known as CICA, comes under the Ministry of Justice. Its purpose is to consider claims for compensation awards for victims of violent crime, who have been mentally or physically injured as a result. You will find the CICA page on the MoJ website.
How to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (sometimes referred to as the Personal Injuries Compensation Board)
First they require the victim to take the eligibility check. This means:
The claim must be within two years of the incident, although some leeway could be considered if the victim was unable to bring the claim within this time, but the decision is discretionary.
The crime must have been reported to the police, even if the attacker was not convicted of a crime, because the claimant must be able to submit the police report as part of the evidence.
The minimum qualifying amount is £1000, so sad as it sounds, the victim’s injuries must have been serious enough to qualify for that amount. It hardly needs to be said, therefore, that a medical report is also required.
To start a claim, download the claim form from the CICA web site. You will be required to provide evidence to prove the liability of the person who caused the injuries. The Injuries Compensation Board may request more evidence if they need it, and there is a help line so they will talk you through your claim.
Not up to making a claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board?
It could be that as a victim, you are not confident, fit or expert enough to think about doing something like this. Legal work is specialised, tricky and detailed. It may be that you can do it, but your claim is rejected. Why not seek the help of specialists whose business is non-fault personal injury compensation, like the Accident Advice Helpline? We’ve been helping non-fault accident victims win compensation since the year 2000 and we may be able to help you with your claim to the injuries compensation board. Every year we pay out £30 million to victims of non-fault accident injuries. We field around 25, 000 calls every month, so there aren’t many questions about accident injury that we don’t know about. Talk it through with one of our friendly professional advisers. Call our team on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our lines are open 24/7 and your call will be treated in confidence. There’s no obligation to go ahead. Do it now. All our solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis and you won’t have to pay any money up front.
Date Published: 5th September 2013