Victims of violent crimes are entitled to make a Stafford ‘no win, no fee’ accident claim for compensation, and the government has set up a scheme to settle the compensation claims.
First and foremost before you can make a claim to the scheme, you have to have tried to get the compensation from the person that assaulted you. If you do not know who that is, or they do not have the means to pay you, then the scheme will consider your claim.
Making a Stafford ‘no win, no fee’ accident claim in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
The scheme is called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), and it is administered by the CICA. Just like with all compensation claims there are criteria you have to meet to be entitled to make the claim, and in the case of the CICS they are:
- You must have been injured as part of a violent crime
- Your injuries must have needed medical attention
- The incident must have happened within the last two years
- You must have reported it to the police
- You must have helped the police with their enquiries
- You must be a UK citizen, or the citizen of an EU member state with a right to be in the UK
They are other rules and regulations that apply to making a Stafford no win no fee accident claim to the CICA, making the scheme quite complex so that they can be certain it is only genuine victims that get the compensation they should.
Some of the other things that could affect your Stafford ‘no win, no fee’ accident claim to the CICA
There are some others rules and regulations they have to follow, such as:
- Claimants with a criminal record will have their award reduced, and it does not have to be anything to do with the crime that caused the injuries
- If the victim lives with the person that assaulted them, and continues to do so after the assault, they cannot make a claim
- If the assailant will benefit in any way from the compensation, the CICA will not pay it
All these rules apply to abuse as well as assault, as this is just as much a form of personal injury which s a crime.
Getting the help of Accident Advice Helpline to make your claim to the CICA
Because of the complex nature of the scheme, getting our help is the best thing to do, and let our lawyers and solicitors ensure that you get all that you are entitled to. If you give our expert claim advisers a call on our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, they will take all the details about the experience you have been through, and will make sure that the best possible legal representation handles your claim with the CICA.
Date Published: 6th November 2014