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Criminal Injuries

Criminal injury compensation claims

We understand that making a claim for compensation after being a victim of violent crime can be a daunting and sensitive process.

But if you, a family member or a friend has suffered the trauma of being a blameless victim of violent crime, you could be entitled to compensation from the Government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Compensation ranges from £1,000 to £500,000, depending on the severity of your injuries, and our dedicated team of solicitors will fight to secure you the compensation you are entitled to.

What you need to know and criminal injury compensation

Hudgell Solicitors specialises in claiming compensation on behalf of innocent victims of violent crime throughout the UK. We understand victims often suffer, not only from physical injuries, but also through the psychological impact of them, and handle all cases accordingly.

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)

award-mamaaHudgell Solicitors are proud supporters of MAMAA, Mother Against Murder and Aggression, which aims to provide an all-inclusive, practical and emotional support and advocacy service which is beneficiary-led to those affected by serious, violent crime and homicide. Established in 1993, MAMAA is a national, registered charity.

Call us today if you feel you could be entitled to Criminal Injuries Compensation.

If you or someone you know has experienced any form of abuse, whether as a child or as an adult, we can offer you the assistance you require to get the justice you deserve.

Any form of abuse, whether it be physical, mental (psychological) or sexual, can cause long-lasting damage to a victim’s life, and we fully appreciate and understand that no amount of money can ever fully compensate for such suffering.

However, although it is often difficult to admit being a victim of abuse, you should not sit and suffer in silence, and with Hudgell Solicitors, you have our guarantee that your case will be handled not only professionally, but sensitively and with sympathy.

Sexual abuse and assault

We understand a sexual assault can leave victims feeling both vulnerable and frightened, so you are guaranteed complete confidentiality and sensitivity when you turn to us for help.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you may be entitled to compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. You can potentially claim for sexual assault even if you have suffered no physical injuries.

We will not only support you through a legal claim for compensation, but also by helping to put you in touch with charities and organisations able to provide additional support. It may be possible to also pursue the perpetrator for compensation directly or an organisation connected to that person for example an employer, social services, education establishment or local authority.

Claiming on behalf of a child

If you have parental responsibility, you can apply for compensation on behalf of a child under the age of 18, knowing the case will be handled with complete confidentiality and sensitivity by Hudgell Solicitors.

If the child has been abused by a member of the same immediate family, you may still be able to claim without parental responsibility.

Our experts are experienced in handling the sensitive and difficult nature of claims relating to children, and you can be assured the matter will be handled with sympathy and understanding throughout.

Simply call us on
0148 278 7771 for free advice


Am I eligible for compensation?

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, for example if you were sexually abused as a child)

You will not be eligible for compensation if:

  • you did not report the incident to the police
  • you were injured before 1st August 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 1st October 1979 and you and the person who injured you were living together at the time as members of the same family

Your application could be refused if you have a criminal record or have failed to co-operate with the police or authority.

What can I claim 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
  • depressed fracture of the skull requiring an operation – £4,600
  • loss of a front tooth – £1,500
  • significant scarring to the face – £2,400

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% plus VAT from the overall compensation award you receive.

How to make a claim

To help us assist with your claim you will need to provide the following when you contact us:

  • contact details for any medical expert who has provided treatment
  • the police reference number (please contact the police if you are not sure what your unique police reference number is. This number is sometimes called a Crime Reference Number)
  • the name of the offender (if known)
  • the date of any court case

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.

Further information about the CICA is available from our dedicated criminal injuries website at www.cica-criminal-injuries.co.uk.

Simply call us on
0148 278 7771 for free advice


No win no fee

  • personal insurance cover so there’s no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim
  • whatever the outcome of your case, you won’t have to pay a penny (provided that you fully assist us with your claim) other than an agreed percentage of your damages