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If you or a loved one falls victim to a violent crime or assault, it can be a distressing and devastating time. Not only can it impact on your personality, it can often affect how you behave and act around others.

Whether you’ve been physically injured or suffered psychological trauma, you could be entitled to make a criminal injury claim from the Government-run Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Set up in 1996, the CICA has helped thousands of people secure compensation for criminal injuries – and its role is to help innocent victims receive the support they need to get their life back on track.

Making a criminal injuries compensation claim can sometimes seem like a daunting process. At Hudgell Solicitors, we understand the physical pain and emotional trauma that victims suffer, which is why our criminal injury solicitors are trained to always handle each case with discretion.

Whilst no settlement will ever take away the pain and suffering caused by the violent crime, it can help to cover the cost of medical treatment, some of your loss of earnings or some short and long-term care needs. If you’ve suffered injuries which are severe, we will ensure that you and your family receive ongoing support.

Often, the damage which has been inflicted goes beyond physical scars – and the psychological impact can be longer lasting. As one of the most experienced and knowledgeable criminal injury claims specialists in the UK, we will work closely with the CICA to secure the compensation and justice you deserve.

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be entitled to compensation ranging from £1,000 to £500,000. You can, of course, pursue a criminal injury compensation claim with the CICA without legal assistance, but our expertise could be the difference between success and your claim being rejected.

Even if the perpetrator was never identified, caught or convicted we may still be able to seek legal redress and obtain a settlement. With all cases pursued on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis, there’s no financial risk to you – and you won’t be under any obligation to continue after your free initial consultation.

See if you could be eligible for a criminal injury claim, get in touch today and let our helpful team guide you through the process

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What is the CICA?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-run organisation which was set up in 1996 to provide compensation for blameless victims of crime.

Funded by the Ministry of Justice, the CICA awards pay-outs ranging from £1,000 to a maximum of £500,000 to people who have been mentally or physically injured due to criminal assault.

Government rules state that you might be eligible for a financial award under the CICA scheme if you were:

  • The victim of a violent crime or assault.
  • Not to blame for in any way the incident.
  • Injured whilst taking reasonable steps to prevent a crime.
  • Psychologically damaged by witnessing a loved one become a victim of a violent crime or the aftermath.

Relatives may also be able to make a CICA criminal assault claim if a loved one dies as a result of a violent crime. This includes a spouse or partner, natural or adoptive parents, a parental guardian and the children or step-children of a victim.

For any criminal injuries compensation claim to be successful, you must have reported the incident to the police and co-operated fully with them.

If the CICA believe that you provoked or willingly participated in the incident, they can refuse your claim for compensation or reduce the amount rewarded. This is also possible if you have a criminal conviction.

The amount of compensation that can be awarded is set out in the official CICA guidelines, which states the tariffs in relation to the different injuries. However, the scheme will only pay out if your injuries exceed the £1,000 minimum tariff.

CICA claims can only be made in England, Scotland and Wales, with Northern Ireland having its own scheme.

What can I claim compensation for?

The amount that can be claimed in compensation for criminal injury is determined by the CICA. It depends on the circumstances of the incident and the injuries sustained.

Typically, claims can be made for one or more of the following:

  • General damages (injuries, pain and suffering)
  • Loss of past or future earnings, at the rate of statutory sick pay only
  • Bereavement payments
  • Child dependency payments
  • Family dependency payments
  • Funeral costs

What time limits apply to making a CICA criminal injury claim?

If you believe you’re entitled to make a criminal injury compensation claim from the CICA, you are required to lodge your application within two years of the incident. However, because cases of this nature can be highly sensitive this timeframe is discretionary and can sometimes be waived if there are exceptional circumstances, discretion is more readily exercised in abuse cases.

Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible for our criminal injury solicitors to pursue a case even though an offence was carried out many years ago. For this reason, we always encourage people to come forward and get in touch when they feel comfortable doing so, particularly if the incident happened during childhood.

Whenever you’re ready to talk, we promise to listen and do everything we can to get the justice you deserve.

Support throughout your CICA claim

Choose to make a criminal injury compensation claim with Hudgell Solicitors and you can expect integrity, support and professionalism from your initial enquiry through to the final settlement.

Whether you’ve suffered a violent assault, sexual abuse or are making a claim on behalf of a family member, our criminal injury solicitors have years of experience in helping the victims of violent crime – and treat every case with dignity and respect.

As one of the UK’s leading criminal injury specialists, Hudgell Solicitors has the knowledge and expertise to help secure justice for your pain and suffering. Our criminal injury compensation lawyers work closely with the CICA to settle each eligible criminal injury case and secure the right level of compensation.

How long do CICA claims take to resolve?

Criminal injury claims can often be complex. All the facts must be established on a balance of probabilities before the CICA can make an assessment and award a suitable level of compensation.

In legal disputes of this nature, where a financial settlement depends heavily on the severity of the injuries and the impact they have on a victim’s life, this can understandably take a while.

In most instances, CICA injury and assault claims are fully resolved within 12 months. However, if your case is more complex and the full impact of the circumstances are not yet known, it could take longer.

This could be the case if you are trying to claim CICA compensation for PTSD as the victim of a terror attack or historic sexual abuse. In these instances, you would need to undergo a detailed assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist rather than a GP.

If your injuries eventually prove to be more damaging or longer lasting than first anticipated, a readjustment to your pay-out may be required.

No matter how much legal work is involved, we will support you at every step if we think you have a strong case for compensation.

Our ‘No win, no fee’ representation

CICA claims offer blameless victims of crime a way to pursue their case for compensation – even if they don’t have the finances they think are needed to do so.

Established in 1998, Hudgell Solicitors fund all of our criminal injury claims on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis – giving you access to justice without financial risks.

As long as you fully cooperate to help us try to win your case, by providing honest and accurate information, you won’t have to pay a penny up front. No matter what the outcome of your case may be, you’ll only pay an agreed percentage of any damages received.

You don’t have to pursue a case after your free initial consultation, but speaking to us will allow you to gather any information you may need to make a decision. If you want to go ahead and we take on your case, we will explain the various options and advise about the best way to fund your claim.

Why choose Hudgell Solicitors?

We understand that making a criminal injury claim can be a difficult decision to make. But there’s no need to feel guilty as any settlement you receive is paid from a central Government pot which is funded from the general taxes we all pay.

Enlist the help and experience of Hudgell Solicitors and we will guide you through the entire process, helping you to feel confident rather than frightened or vulnerable.

We will ensure that you receive the correct award from the CICA and advise you on the merits of any review application or appeal to the CICA Tribunal.

If we believe you have a strong case for criminal injuries compensation, you can be assured that we will have your best interests at heart. We are wholly committed to delivering the justice you deserve.

If your case is accepted, we will:

  • Provide a free, no-obligation consultation to help assess your claim
  • Assess your case with honesty, discretion and sensitivity
  • Keep you up to date with the progress of your claim
  • Advise about ‘no win, no fee’ assistance

Arrange for you to meet members of the criminal injury team if required

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Speak to one of our criminal injury experts to find out more about the process of making a CICA compensation claim

Why choose Hudgell Solicitors?

We understand that making a claim after a violent assault can be difficult, with the experience leaving many victims frightened and vulnerable. When we take your case, we want you to feel assured that we have your best interests at heart, and are wholly committed to helping you get the justice you deserve.

If your case is accepted, we will:

  1. Provide a free, no-obligation consultation to help assess your claim

  2. Assess your case with honesty, discretion and sensitivity

  3. Keep you up to date with the progress of your claim

  4. Advise on no win no fee or legal aid assistance

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Meet members of the criminal injury team

Nicola Bailey-Gibbs

Solicitor and Manager, Criminal Injuries

As the manager of our criminal injury compensation team, Nicola has years of experience in handling complex cases on behalf of victims of violent crime, and specialises in delivering appropriate rehabilitation and support to every client. Nicola’s expertise in handling cases of public liability and road traffic claims has led her to take charge of the criminal injury team, where her meticulous approach and depth of knowledge guarantees the best possible outcome for claimants.

Samantha Pottock

Trainee Solicitor, Criminal Injuries

Specialising in claims relating to the CICA, Samantha has managed many sexual abuse and violent crime cases, acquiring the appropriate compensation for victims. Samantha has been with Hudgell Solicitors since 2013 and has become the go-to expert for all our CICA claims and appeals, managing complex and high-value cases to help victims of violence and sexual abuse secure the financial recompense they’re entitled to.

Victoria Neale

Litigation Executive, Criminal Injuries

With a background in family law involving domestic violence, divorce and public and private matters related to child welfare, Victoria is one of our most experienced criminal injury specialists. Since joining Hudgell Solicitors in 2014, Victoria has handled several high profile cases, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our dedicated CICA division. Victoria has an honest and open approach to client care, focusing on building lasting relationships where the needs of the client come above all else.

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