A personal injury lawyer in Retford and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) will help you to get the compensation you deserve when all other avenues have been exhausted
There is an authority in the UK called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), who are often the only possible option you could have when it comes to claiming for compensation when you are a completely innocent injured victim of a violent crime.
There are certain criteria that you have to fit to be able to claim. The most important one is that you have exhausted all other avenues trying to claim before you try with CICA — you must have already tried and failed to claim from the person who injured you, maybe because they do not have the means to pay you your compensation or simply because you don’t know who exactly it was that injured you. CICA will consider your claim for compensation as long as you can fulfil the following additional criteria:
- The crime in which you were injured has to have happened within the last two years, unless you were under 18 when the crime occurred;
- You must have been completely innocent and in no way involved in the crime;
- The crime has to have been reported to the police soon after it happened;
- You must have not hindered the police when they were investigating the crime;
- You must have received medical attention for your injuries;
- You must have exhausted all other avenues of receiving compensation; and
- You must be a UK citizen, EU national with a right to be in the UK or member of the armed forces (close relatives are also covered by this rule).
If you fit all of the criteria, a personal injury lawyer in Retford will be able to help you to make a claim for compensation for your criminal injury.
The things that could hinder you from making a claim for compensation
There can be some circumstances in which CICA will completely disqualify your claim for compensation. Read them carefully before you contact Accident Advice Helpline:
- If you did not report the crime to the police;
- If you were injured before 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.
If you have a criminal record, then your claim might be hindered even if you were no way involved or at fault for the crime in which you were injured. You might be still able to get compensation, but it would be less than it would be for someone in the exact same circumstances who did not have a criminal record.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim for compensation from your criminal injury
Accident Advice Helpline have been helping victims of accidents and crimes to get the compensation they deserved for over 15 years now. Contact our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 to find your own personal injury lawyer in Retford to help with your claim.