Ensure you receive compensation for a criminal injury
Of all types of incidents that you can be a part of, being the victim of a violent crime is probably one of the worst. It can be very traumatizing for you and your family. On top of that, being injured in such a crime can have a serious negative impact on your finances.
Depending on your injuries, you might not be able to work for some time which is tough for anybody.
However, there is a way you can claim compensation for your injuries even if your attacker is unknown. It’s recommended you call our personal injury lawyer in Southerness for professional advice.
Compensation claims for criminal injuries are a little different than those for other accidents. There is a special organization called Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (or CICA) which handles such cases and decides who is eligible for compensation and who is not.
CICA has some rules though and not everyone making a claim receives compensation.
However, there are several things you can do in order to increase your chances of receiving compensation from CICA.
Find a good lawyer, like a personal injury lawyer in Southerness expert
A personal injury lawyer in Southerness or elsewhere will be able to do all the work for you. This type of claim is different and more complex than others, so you will need all the professional help you can get.
Our experts will gladly handle your case on a no-win, no-fee* basis so you don’t spend whatever is left of your finances on legal fees.
Report the crime to the police
It is imperative that you report the crime to the police as soon as possible. If the crime hasn’t been reported you will not receive any compensation from CICA at all.
CICA also has the right to refuse giving you compensation if you report the crime late. Even though you can start a criminal injury compensation claim within 2 years of the actual incident, it is recommended that you report the crime to the police right after it has happened.
Keep your medical records
After you’ve been injured as a result of a criminal act, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. After your injuries have been taken care of, make sure you keep all medical records so that your lawyer can later present them to CICA.
Most times you won’t even have to go to court, but your medical records are the most important documents you should have in your possession.
Phone us directly about a personal injury lawyer in Southerness
If you are still not sure about the details you can contact us to talk about a personal injury lawyer in Southerness or reach Accident Advice Helpline 24/7 on: 0800 689 0500.
If you’re calling from your mobile phone you can use this number – 0333 500 0993 or text ‘CLAIM365’ to 88010.
Date Published: 31st May 2014
Author: David Brown