A personal injury lawyer in Resipole and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) have set up a government scheme which allows you to claim compensation if you have been an innocent victim of a violent crime. However, you must qualify to be able to make a claim.
CICA must be the last option for you, after having already tried to get compensation from the person responsible for your injuries. If you have no way of knowing who that was, or if you do know who it is but they are not financially able to pay for your compensation, then CICA will consider paying for you compensation as long as:
- The crime happened within the past two years, unless you were under 18 at the time you were injured, then special rules apply;
- You were an innocent victim of the crime and not the person responsible for it;
- The incident was reported to the police at the time it occurred;
- You helped the police with their enquiries and did not hinder them in any way;
- You received immediate medical attention for your injuries;
- You tried all other ways of receiving compensation, including from the criminal; and
- You are a UK citizen, EU national with a right to be in the UK or a member of the armed forces (close relatives are covered by this rule).
If all of these rules fit your situation, then a personal injury lawyer in Resipole from Accident Advice Helpline will be able to help you to make a criminal injury claim for compensation.
The things that can preclude you from making a claim
There are a few circumstances that will make CICA disqualify your claim for compensation. Please read them carefully below:
- If you did not report the incident to the police when it occurred;
- If you were injured before the 1st August 1964;
- If you have already applied for compensation for this particular injury through this or any other scheme (this could result in prosecution);
- If the injury happened after 1st October 1979 and you have continued to live with the person who caused the injury; or
- If the person who injured you could benefit from your award because there is still a close link between you.
You could also find your claim being hindered if you have a criminal record already, even if you were not at fault for the incident at all. You could still potentially recieve compensation, but it would be less than the amount awarded for someone with no criminal record.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you with your criminal injury claim
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been winning compensation claims for accidents and crimes that happened to people just like you all over the country for the past 15 years. Why don’t you call us on our 24/7 freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today to get the assistance of your own personal injury lawyer in Resipole?
Date Published: 1st March 2014
Author: David Brown