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Am I eligible for compensation?CICA, your questions answered

You may be eligible for compensation if:

  • You were injured in an act of violence in England, Scotland or Wales. An offender does not necessarily have to have been convicted of, or even charged with a crime.
  • You have made your application for compensation within two years from the date of the incident which caused your injuries (this time limit may be waived if you can provide exceptional circumstances that prevented you from submitting an application earlier).

You will not be eligible for compensation if:

  • You did not report the incident to the police.
  • You were injured before August 1, 1964 (prior to the scheme being established)
  • You have already applied for an award for the same criminal injury under the CICA Scheme.
  • The injury happened before October 1, 1979 and you and the person who injured you were living together at the time as members of the same family.
  • The injury and the act of violence took place outside England, Scotland or Wales.

Your application for compensation may be refused due to any of the following:

  • Your own behaviour before, during or after the incident in which you were injured.
  • Your criminal record.
  • Your failure to co-operate with the police or the CICA.
  • Your delay in informing the police.

What can I apply for?

Compensation can be awarded for:

  • Injuries (both physical and psychological) to the victim.
  • A loved one dying as a result of a violent crime.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Being a victim of a sexual offence.
  • Special expenses (for example treatments not covered by the NHS and the cost of care)

How much compensation will I receive?

If you satisfy the criteria for an award of compensation under the CICA Scheme 2012, the amount of compensation you receive will be assessed from a set tariff of awards available, depending on the type of injuries you have sustained.

Examples of some of the most common awards received include:

  • Fractured jaw - £1,500
  • Detached retina - £3,500
  • Strained neck or whiplash injury lasting for more than 13 weeks - £1,000
  • Fractured skull requiring an operation - £4,600
  • Loss of a front tooth - £1,500
  • Significant scarring to the face - £1,500

Above is a small example of the amount of compensation that can be awarded under the CICA Scheme 2012, for further details with regards to the amount of compensation you are entitled to, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts.

How long do I have to make a claim?

You have 2 years from the date you were injured to submit your application for compensation in accordance with the CICA Scheme 2012. However, this two year time limit can be waived if you can provide ‘exceptional’ circumstances as to why you have not submitted your application earlier.

How much will it cost?

Unfortunately, the CICA will not pay for your legal fees in relation to your application for compensation. In light of this, your application is dealt with on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

In short, if your claim is not successful you do not have to pay anything, however if you are successful in receiving compensation we will deduct no more than 25% (+ VAT) from the overall compensation award you receive.
Should you wish to start a claim for compensation, we will write to you and explain the fees in full.

If you don’t want to carry on after an initial consultation there is no obligation and no charge.
Therefore it will cost you nothing to start the process, allowing you to make an informed decision when in possession of all the information you require.

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