Compensation for victims of terrorism

The deadly rise of modern terrorism means extreme acts of violence are a daily threat to our everyday lives, with the impact of increasing incidents of violence and intimidation felt hardest by victims and survivors.

In our experience, these people bear the physical and psychological scars of this devastating damage for years to come. Their families also suffer too.

Knowing where to turn after being involved in such a traumatic event, or the aftermath, can be extremely difficult – particularly if you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a terrorist attack. Thankfully, there are procedures which exist to help you receive the support you may need.

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Our lawyers work in conjunction with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), a Government-funded body, to ensure that victims of terrorism and their families are suitably compensated for their ordeal.

Having worked with survivors of high-profile incidents of terrorism, we understand that such a distressing experience can have a massive impact on your life. If you need help or assistance, we will act on your behalf and assist in your claim for terrorism compensation.

Established in 1997, Hudgell Solicitors regularly handles sensitive cases involving this complex area of the law. We have successfully represented victims of terrorism and recognise that discussing your experience can in itself be traumatic. Should you reach out to us for help, we promise to treat you with compassion and respect.

Our lawyers are specialists in terrorism-related injury claims and will do all they can to ensure you feel assured throughout the legal process. We’ll also offer encouragement and support as you bid to gain redress for your suffering.

If you’ve been caught up in a terrorist act and you want your hardship to be acknowledged, please get in touch and discuss the circumstances with a specialist solicitor – all advice is free and confidential.

What can I claim terrorism compensation for?

Thankfully, the likelihood of being involved in an act of terrorism is still minimal in the UK and many other parts of the world.

But if you become a victim in a terrorism incident, it can be extremely traumatising.

Incidents classed as terrorist acts can include;

  • Biological attack
  • Chemical attack
  • Hijacking
  • Kidnapping
  • Shootings
  • Suicide bombing

However, in more recent times we have seen an increasing variety of violent acts purposefully planned and carried out to place human life at risk, and people who get caught up in such incidents can often suffer from physical and mental injuries for years to come.

Here at Hudgell Solicitors, we frequently represent victims of terrorism who need to claim CICA compensation for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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

  • General damages (injuries, pain and suffering)
  • Loss of past or future earnings (at a rate of statutory sick pay)
  • Specialist aids or adaptations in and around the home
  • Care and support costs
  • Bereavement payments
  • Child dependency payments
  • Family dependency payments
  • Funeral costs

The amount of terrorism compensation you can claim depends on the circumstances, injuries sustained and the impact they have on your daily life. If your injuries are so severe that you are left with a permanent disability, it can cause undue stress for yourself, your family and your finances. You may be forced to give up work, change jobs or require 24-hour specialist support and care.

If this is a scenario that you’re facing, you should definitely claim the compensation you’re entitled to. No amount of money will ever take away your pain and suffering, but it may help to make life more comfortable in the future.

How the CICA scheme helps victims of terrorism

The perpetrators of terrorist attacks are often killed during the act or as a result of police intervention.

In cases where the person responsible cannot be brought to justice, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) recognises the pain and suffering endured by innocent casualties and provides them with compensation settlements.

Whilst no amount of money will ever be able to make up for the loss of a loved one or any injuries suffered, it can help victims and their families to feel that there is a wider acknowledgement of what happened to them.

Set up by the Government in 1996, the CICA scheme does not require the perpetrator to be convicted. As long as the incident has been reported to the appropriate authorities and acknowledged by them as a terrorist attack, the CICA can provide compensation for victims of terrorism in the UK and abroad.

Having represented innocent people who were caught up in the Manchester terror attack in 2017 and British citizens affect by terrorist acts on holiday, we find that pursuing compensation through the CICA scheme can help sufferers come to terms with how they’ve been affected.

If you’re a victim of terrorism and you want to seek justice, please get in touch today – it could help you move forward with the rest of your life.

What time limits are there for making a claim?

To claim terrorism injury compensation for a UK attack, you usually have to register your claim to the CICA within two years of the date of the incident.

However, there are often exceptions which can be made and the time limits can vary, depending on the different type of injuries sustained – and whether you were well enough to make a claim. This is determined on a case-by-case basis, so we obviously advise that you contact us to register your case as soon as possible.

Our experts

Nicola Bailey-Gibbs

Solicitor and Manager, Criminal Injuries

Victoria Neale

Litigation Executive, Criminal Injuries