In 1964 the government set up and funds The Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme, because it realised that some victims of a violent crime would not be able to make an injury claim against their attacker, because they did not know their attacker or because the person who is guilty of the crime did not have the means to pay the compensation.
The scheme compensates innocent victims, and although the government knows that no amount of money can undo the damage done, the compensation is meant as public recognition of the suffering the victim had to endure.
Parliament lays down the amounts that are awarded for each type of injury. The scheme is very complex, so you might be better using the solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline to help make your criminal injury claim.
Working with the CICA
The CICS is funded by the government and administered by The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The scheme is complex and strict, quite rightly so, to ensure that only those really entitled to compensation from it are paid.
The CICA has to be the last resort for claiming compensation, and the incident must have taken place within the last two years, but if your injuries are severe enough to need medical attention, you may want to use the solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline to help with your criminal injury compensation claim.
More rules for making a criminal injuries compensation claim
There are more rules you have to fit than being the innocent victim and the two year rule, such as:
- You must have reported the incident to the police as soon as possible after it happened
- You must have helped the police with their enquiries to give them the best chance of apprehending the villain
- You should be a British citizen or a national from an EU state that has a right to be in the UK
The scheme will pay for other circumstances as well as you being attacked, such as being injured while making a justified attempt to stop a crime, or a mental injury if you witness a loved one being injured in a crime.
Our solicitors will be able to help you with all the different situations the scheme covers, and you should speak to them if you think you may be able to make a criminal injury claim.
Looking for solicitors in Esher?
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping claimants make injury claims for over 15 years and all that experience is here to help the 25,000 new claimants that enquire with us every month.
Although we do not have injury solicitors in Esher we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need injury solicitors in Esher look no further than our expert service.
Each case is unique and at Accident Advice Helpline we realise that and treat each claimant accordingly. We will look at every affected area of your life and make sure each one is compensated for.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and speak to one of our advisors; you will find them friendly and understanding and ready to help all they can.
Date Published: 28th March 2014
Author: David Brown