Unfortunately, violent crimes have always taken place. Go back as far in history as you like and you will find stories of victims being attacked for no reason. If the assailant is caught they are punished and that is some consolation to the victim. The problem is that the injuries can cause huge changes in the victims life, depending on the type and severity of the harm that has been done to them.
Apart from any physical injuries they have received, the trauma caused by a violent crime can last a life time and can change the personality of the person that has been attacked. They may no longer be able to work and could incur many extra costs because of their injuries.
This is something the UK government recognises and why the government funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) will consider compensation claims. They know that no amount of money will compensate you for the experience you have been through, but it is meant to be a public recognition of the trauma you have suffered.
Quite correctly, the scheme is complex and strict to ensure that only genuine victims are paid the compensation they deserve and we suggest using a solicitor in Beaumaris at Accident Advice Helpline help you with your claim.
A solicitor in Beaumaris says a past record can affect your claim
A criminal record can affect the criminal injury compensation amounts you receive, even if you were totally blameless in the incident that led to your injury. There is a penalty points system in place for such cases which awards points from 1 to 10, each point being worth a 10% reduction in your criminal injury claim.
After the crime has taken place, the crime must have been reported to the police and you must of assisted the police with their enquiries. This is to give them the best chance of apprehending the person who committed the crime. If you are unable to do this yourself, someone else should do it on your behalf so as not to put your injury claim in jeopardy. You then have two years to make your compensation claim, unless you were below 18 at the time of the incident when special rules apply.
Any additional items
In addition to compensation for your injury, a solicitor in Beaumaris can apply for various other payments to be considered, but the onus is on you supply all the required supporting documentation. Other payments that may be added to your injury claim are, for example:
- Loss of earnings
- Bereavement payments
- Child payments
- Dependency payments
- Certain other payments in fatal cases
- Funeral expenses
- The cost of probate
Getting it right at Accident Advice Helpline by using a solicitor in Beaumaris
To fully benefit from such a complex scheme, you need the right representation to help with your claim. We have been dealing with these claims for over 15 years and have the experience you need on your side.
Accident Advice Helpline operates entirely on a no-win, no-fee basis, so you have nothing to lose by phoning our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Alternatively, you could try our 30-second calculator that will give you a good idea of how much you may be awarded.
Date Published: 11th March 2014
Author: David Brown