Criminal injury claims
Being a victim of a crime is a distressing experience, especially when that crime results in injury. If you’ve suffered physical or psychological harm at the hands of a criminal, then you could be entitled to compensation. Victims can claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – the government body that’s been set up to help innocent victims of violent crime.
At Fletchers Solicitors, our legal experts have been successfully handling CICA claims for our customers for many years, so we’ve built a high level of expertise in this specialised legal field. Our dedicated legal advisors have over 200 years’ combined experience in dealing with compensation claims including criminal injury, so you can rest assured that we will bring the best legal minds to your case.
What is a criminal injury compensation claim?
If you are an innocent victim who has suffered injuries as a result of a violent crime, we can help you claim compensation from the CICA.
The CICA pays out compensation based on the severity of any injuries that the victim might have received at the hands of a criminal. Some people can also use CICA to claim for loss of earnings and other special expenses.
As a government body, the CICA requires certain rules and procedures to be followed during compensation claims – our legal teams are skilled at navigating these legal waters. Once you’ve started your claim with us, our dedicated advisors will guide you through every step of the claims process to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Different types of criminal injury compensation claims
As well as the compensation for the injury itself, we can advise you on the financial losses that have arisen from your injury, for example, if you have been off work as a direct result of the injury.
Victims of violent crimes could be entitled to claim compensation for:
- Loss of earnings
- Psychological suffering
- Physical pain and suffering
- Costs for rehabilitation and ongoing support
- Trauma caused by the perpetrator never being identified, convicted or caught
If you’ve suffered as a result of a violent crime, our dedicated experts can help you get your life back on track. Each legal advisor at Fletchers Solicitors is experienced in handling traumatic cases and understands the distress and devastation that can be caused by these events.
Is there a time limit on making a criminal injury compensation claim?
Applications need to be made within two years of the crime taking place, although CICA do make some exceptions including for clients under 18.
The crime needs to have been reported to the police in order for your claim to be successful.
Whilst victims can make a claim themselves online, an experienced legal advisor can help take the stress out of the claims process. Fletchers Solicitors can assist on a no win, no fee basis to assess your case and make sure your compensation claim covers all the losses that you suffered, from physical to psychological and financial.
If you think you’re eligible for a CICA award – or indeed if you have any questions about the scheme, speak to a legal advisor today.
Contact us today to find out how we can guide you through the legal process.
Call us now on 0330 013 0251 or start your claim today with our online claim form.
We’ve been dealing with CICA claims for our customers for many years now and have built a high level of expertise in negotiating these legal waters. Being a Government body, naturally there’s a bit of red tape to deal with – we know how to handle that. And of course we’ll be supporting you every step of the way, at every stage of the application. Because that’s how we do things. At Fletchers we deal with all manner of traumatic events and helping people learn to cope with their lives after them. If you’ve suffered a Serious Spinal Injury or you are a victim of Clinical Negligence then our legal experts can help you get back on track.