You may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim if you have unfortunately been a victim of a violent crime sometime with the last two years, and the injuries you sustained as a result needed medical attention.
What are the criteria?
There are several rules you have to fit for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to consider your criminal injury claim. For example:
- You were not to blame for the incident;
- You sustained the injury while taking an exceptional and justified risk, while trying to remedy or prevent a crime;
- You sustained a mental injury as a result of witnessing or being involved in the immediate aftermath of an incident in which a loved one is injured;
- You are the qualifying relative of a victim who has died from injuries caused by a crime of violence;
- The incident should have been reported to the police;
- You should have helped the police with their enquiries;
- You should be a British citizen or an EU national with a right to be within the UK;
- The incident should have happened within the last two years, unless you were under 18 at the time in which case the rules alter slightly to allow you more time; and
- You were the direct victim of a violent crime.
If you fit somewhere within the above criteria, you may well be eligible to make a criminal injury claim, and a personal injury lawyer in Prescot can help you to do so.
What will CICA pay for?
CICA administer the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. It is government-funded to compensate the victims of violent crimes. The government realise that no amount of money can compensate you for your experience, but intend for the award to be a show of public sympathy for your injuries.
The amounts for each type of injury are decided by Parliament. The scheme covers:
- Special expenses payments, to cover specific injury-related requirements which are not free of charge from any source;
- Fatal injuries, including loss of parental services and financial dependency;
- Funeral payments;
- Personal injury following a single incident;
- Personal injury following a period of abuse; and
- Loss of earnings.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make your criminal injury compensation claim. Being the victim of a violent crime is a traumatic and distressing experience, without having to go through the stress of making a personal injury claim. Let Accident Advice Helpline take that stress away and deal with matters for you.
A personal injury lawyer in Prescot at Accident Advice Helpline will have a wealth of knowledge in dealings with these type of claims, and will make the whole process as trouble-free as possible for you. Many claims are dealt with completely over the phone.
Call our helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will discuss your claim with you, give you free no-obligation advice and start the processes, should you decide you want to proceed.
Date Published: 10th March 2014
Author: David Brown