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No win, no fee criminal injury compensation

No win, no fee

Instruct an experienced criminal injuries lawyer today at no upfront cost. Under our no win, no fee agreement you will only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation you are awarded if your case is successful.

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What are criminal injuries?

What are criminal injuries?

If you have been injured as a result of a violent crime or suffered abuse, you have a right to seek compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). It awards compensation ranging from £1,000 to a maximum of £500,000.

Whilst you can make a claim yourself, the process will be simpler – and potentially more successful in terms of the level of damages secured – if you use our specialist team at Hudgell Solicitors.

We are experienced in working with CICA to ensure you get the highest amount of compensation possible, taking into consideration not only the impact the crime had on you physically and psychologically, but also in terms of the impact it has had on your earnings.

We have also helped many clients appeal against CICA decisions, ensuring they receive the correct settlement.

Decades of experience

Decades of experience

We’re one of the UK’s leading criminal injuries compensation claims teams.

Our specialist CICA specialists have decades of combined experience in succeeding, even in the most complex cases.

Our criminal injury lawyers will take the time to understand what you’re going through and will work to help you get the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.


Making a criminal injury claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2


We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Submit CICA application

We will gather details of your claim, complete and submit an application online.

Step 4

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and gather evidence to support any loss of earnings claim.

Step 5

Negotiate Settlement

The CICA will confirm whether they accept your claim and, if accepted, they will make an offer. We will assess the CICA’s decision and advise you whether it should be accepted, reviewed or appealed.

Step 6


We will make submissions on your behalf in any appeal where we believe their decision or offer is incorrect.

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Client Stories

Client stories

Ensuring you get the criminal injury compensation you deserve

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man seriously assaulted was successfully represented in criminal injury compensation claim by hudgell solicitors

Compensation for man who suffered fractured skull in unprovoked group attack

A man who suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain when the victim of an unprovoked assault has been awarded damages by a Government scheme which provides compensation to people who are the victims of violent crime. The man, who asked not to be named, was attacked by a group people whilst waiting […]

Our client reviews

Our client reviews

We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
5 Stars
Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
5 Stars
Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
4 Stars
S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
1 Stars
Calista Harrison
Chris Trousdale was the one of the youngest miscarriages of justice victims as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
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What kind of injuries can I claim for?

You can claim compensation for any injury, either physical or psychological, that you received in an act of criminal violence. These could include (but are not limited to);

  • Brain injury.
  • Fractures.
  • Dental injuries.
  • Mental injuries.

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible for compensation, you can always talk to the Hudgell Solicitors Criminal Injuries Team, by requesting a call or filling in our claim form.

What is the CICA?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-run organisation set up to deal with compensation claims for blameless victims of crime.

The CICA is funded by the Ministry of Justice, and awards compensation ranging from £1,000 to a maximum of £500,000 to people who have been mentally or physically injured due to criminal assault, as well as to victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Am I eligible to claim criminal injury compensation?

If you have been the victim of a crime of violence in England, Scotland or Wales then you could be eligible for compensation. The person or persons who injured you do not need to have been identified, charged with, or convicted of a crime.

The CICA is able to offer awards if it there is enough evidence to show that a crime was committed.

We have helped many people claim compensation in cases where the assailant has died, even when the allegations were never subject to a police investigation when they were alive.

The burden of proof is less in civil claims than in criminal cases. If enough evidence can be presented to demonstrate that the allegations are true, claims can be successful.

You may also be eligible to claim compensation if you have been injured whilst taking reasonable steps to prevent a crime, or if you have been psychologically damaged by witnessing a loved one become a victim of a violent crime.

It’s important that you have reported the offence to the police as soon as reasonably practicable. This usually means within 48 hours unless exceptional circumstances prevented you from doing so. Different rules apply in cases of domestic and sexual abuse.

How long do I have to make a claim?

In most cases, you will need to begin your compensation claim within two years of the crime being committed. There are exceptions to this rule which we can discuss with you. These include:

  • If the claim is for a child then the two year time limit begins from their 18th birthday, as long as the crime was reported to the police while they were still a child.
  • If the claim is for historical abuse then the time limit starts as soon as the abuse is reported to the police.
  • If there are exceptional circumstances – such as the person making the claim having diminished mental capacity – the CICA may allow claims outside of the time limit.

Whether you have been injured recently or the claim is historical, it’s always best to claim as soon as possible. If you would like to discuss your options, request a call or fill in our claim form and we’ll be in touch.

Can I claim on behalf of someone else?

If someone is unable to make a claim compensation themselves then it is possible for you to claim on their behalf. This might include making a claim for someone under the age of 18, claiming for someone with diminished mental capacity or claiming for someone with life changing injuries.

You may also be able to claim a Bereavement Award if you have lost a loved one as the result of a violent crime.

If you’re not sure, you can always contact the Hudgell Solicitors Criminal Injuries Team, by requesting a call or filling in our claim form for a free, no obligation consultation.

How much compensation will I get?

The amount of compensation you receive for a criminal injury claim will depend on the injury you sustained.

It could range from £1,000 to as much as £500,000. Payment will be assessed from a government document called the CICA Scheme 2012 (PDF).

You can learn more from our criminal injuries guide.

If you have a successful claim for multiple injuries, you will receive the full compensation amount for the most severe injury, and a percentage of the amount for two further injuries.

If this seems complicated don’t worry; Hudgell Solicitors can help you to work through your options. Simply request a call or fill in our claim form and we’ll be in touch.

You can find out more about the compensation we have secured in our ‘Client Stories’.

How long will my claim take?

On average, CICA compensation claims take around 18 months to complete. Cases involving more serious injuries can take longer, and some straightforward cases can conclude much more quickly.

Can I appeal a CICA award?

According to the CICA around 30% of its awards were changed following a successful appeal.

Applicants who disagree with a decision can request a review and, if still dissatisfied can appeal to an independent panel.

In one case our client, with the specialist support of our CICA claims experts, was eventually awarded almost £130,000 for physical and mental injuries following an earlier offer of £1,500.

Hudgell Solicitors are experts in Criminal Injuries Compensation Awards, we understand that as a victim of crime, how much compensation you are awarded from CICA, could depend on the evidence you submit with your claim.

Free legal advice could lead to a substantial increase to your CICA award.

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