Violent crimes seem to be more common than ever. Although government figures show the numbers have reduced slightly, some people think it is not that there is a higher percentage of them than there was many years ago, but just that we are more aware of them because of media attention and the availability of information these days.
If you are unlucky enough to be the victim of a violent crime, you can claim compensation from the assailant, if you know who it is. If you do not, or the guilty party does not have the means by which to pay you, then the government steps in and and pays your compensation through the Criminal injuries Compensation Scheme.
The Portsmouth compensation claim for injuries sustained as the victim of a violent crime can be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), who administer the scheme on behalf of the government.
Dealing with CICA for your Portsmouth compensation claim
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is complicated, and CICA are strict in its administration. This is done purposely, as it should be, to ensure that only victims entitled to a payment from them receive one.
There are certain things for which the scheme will pay, such as:
- Probate costs;
- Funeral payments;
- Personal injury compensation following injury from a single incident;
- Personal injury compensation following a period of abuse;
- Loss of earnings;
- Special expense payments for specific injury-related expenses which are not available free of charge from any other source; and
- Fatal injuries, including loss of parental services and financial dependency.
The rules for making a Portsmouth compensation claim for criminal injuries
There are criteria that you have to fit to be able to make a claim to CICA. Not all of them apply to every case, but generally they are as follows:
- You were a direct victim of a crime of violence, or you received a mental injury because of witnessing or being involved in an incident that caused harm to a loved one;
- You are the qualifying relative of a victim who died because of a violent crime;
- That you, or the deceased, were not to blame for the incident;
- The incident happened within the last two years (unless you were below 18);
- Your injuries must have needed medical attention;
- You sustained an injury while taking an exceptional and justified risk, while trying to remedy or prevent a crime;
- The incident must have been reported to the police and you must have helped with their enquiries to give them the best chance of apprehending the criminal; and
- You should be a UK citizen or an EU national with a right to be in the UK.
A personal injury solicitor at Accident Advice Helpline will help with your criminal injuries claim
We have been handling criminal injury claims for over 15 years, and know how to deal with the complexities of the scheme. We will ensure that every aspect of your injuries and how they have affected your life are examined, to maximise the compensation awarded.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisors in confidence. They will talk you through the required processes, and then without any pressure will let you decide if you want to carry on and make the claim.
Date Published: 24th March 2014
Author: David Brown