What you should know about claiming compensation for criminal injuries
Being hurt in an accident can be a very traumatic experience and it’s even worse when you’ve been injured as a result of a criminal act. An accident is never pleasant, but being intentionally hurt by someone else is even worse.
Thankfully there is a way to claim compensation after such a crime. Call a personal injury lawyer Southend for free advice and find out what your options are.
My attacker hasn’t been identified. How can I receive compensation?
In a typical accident, your claim for compensation will be against the person who was at fault. Compensation claims for criminal injuries are a little different especially when you don’t know who the attacker is.
The criminal injuries claims in the UK are handled by CICA (short for Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency). It is an organization which will review your case and decide whether you should receive compensation for your injuries or not.
How do I start a claim with my personal injury lawyer Southend?
The process of claiming compensation from CICA is more complicated than usual. This is why it is always a good idea to hire a specialist personal injury lawyer Southend who will work on your case on a no win no fee basis.
How do I know if I’m eligible to receive compensation?
You can claim compensation for your injuries if you were the victim, a witness or if you got hurt by trying to stop the attacker. However, CICA has some rules which they use to determine who is eligible for compensation and who isn’t.
For example, you have to have been injured in England, Wales or Scotland and your injuries must be serious enough for you to qualify for at least £1,000 which is the minimum you can receive. You should also make sure you report the crime to the police.
How much time do I have to start a claim for compensation?
This is another one of CICA’s rules. You should apply for compensation within 2 years of the crime. However, it is always recommended to do it as quickly as possible.
Will I have to attend court?
Most of the time, the criminal injuries compensation claims are handled over the phone so you will probably not have to go to court at all. Starting a criminal injury compensation claim can be very easy if you decide to put your trust in a personal injury lawyer Southend and increase your chances of winning.
If you have more questions on this topic, do not hesitate to call Accident Advice Helpline 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 from your land-line or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile phone.
If it would be more convenient for you to be contacted by a professional instead of calling, text ‘CLAIM365’ to 88010
Date Published: 31st May 2014
Author: David Brown