No win no fee in Bala – victims of violent crimes
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, and been unable to claim compensation from your assailant, you may be entitled to claim instead from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. This is a government-funded scheme that is administered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
You have 2 years from the date of the incident to make a claim, and it must have been reported to the police or they will not consider any compensation. You should also have helped the police with their enquiries, to give them the best chance of apprehending the guilty party.
Your criminal injury compensation amount can be affected if you have a criminal record, 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.
If you find yourself in this situation, you should be speaking to no win no fee Bala lawyers about making a criminal injury claim.
The under age claimants still need to contact no win no fee Bala lawyers
If you were under 18 at the time of the incident, hopefully a parent or guardian will claim on your behalf. If they did not, you have until your 20th birthday to make your criminal injury claim.
The payments the scheme will cover
In addition to compensation for your injury, there are various other payments that will be considered, but the onus is on you to supply all the required supporting documentation. Such things as:
- Probate expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Special expenses payments where the item is not obtainable free of charge from any other source
- Bereavement payments
- Child payments
- Dependency payments
- Funeral expenses
Accident Advice Helpline will help
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is very complex, and it’s crucial to ensure you are properly represented to fully benefit from it. Accident Advice Helpline has a host of experts to ensure this happens, and over 15 years’ experience in dealing with cases like yours.
We help victims of all types of accidents get the access to justice they are entitled to and the compensation they deserve. Over 25,000 victims contact us every month and we help award in excess of £30 million a year in compensation to non fault victims of accidents and violent crimes.
Accident Advice Helpline operates entirely on a No Win No Fee basis, so you have nothing to lose, and may have a lot to gain, by phoning our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123 where one of our friendly advisors will discuss your case with you in complete confidence. They will be able to give you all the advice and information you will need to decide if you want to continue with a criminal injury claim.
Date Published: 13th January 2014
Author: David Brown