Can I make a claim?
If you or a loved one falls victim to a violent crime or assault, it can be devastating. 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). Making a criminal injuries compensation claim can sometimes seem daunting. That’s why our criminal injury lawyers are trained to always handle each case with care. As one of the most experienced and knowledgeable criminal injury claims specialists in the UK, we can work closely with the CICA to work toward the compensation and justice you deserve.
Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
The CICA has helped thousands of people secure compensation for criminal injuries and provided innocent victims with the support they need to get their life back on track, whether they were subject to abuse or an assault.
While a settlement will never take away the pain and suffering caused by 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 work to ensure you and your family receive ongoing support.
Even if the perpetrator was never identified, caught, or convicted we may still be able to 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.
Please download a copy of our Criminal Injuries Guide.
Specialists in Criminal Injuries
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.
- Our lawyers provide a free, no-obligation consultation to help assess your claim.
- We can assess your case with honesty, discretion and sensitivity.
- We will keep you up to date regularly with the progress of your claim.
- Honest advice about funding and our 'no win, no fee' arrangements.
- Arrange for you to meet members of the criminal injury team if required.
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Making a Criminal Injuries Claim
If you or a member of your family has come to harm as a result of criminal injury which was of no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. We put your interests first, ensuring the most appropriate and effective legal and medical specialists are handling your claim.
Contact a member of our specialist team if you have suffered from or need support in any of the following:
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Whether you’ve suffered a violent assault, sexual abuse, or are making a claim on behalf of a family member, our criminal injury lawyers have years of experience in helping the victims of violent crime. They treat every case with dignity and respect.
Making a CICA compensation claim is as straightforward as getting in touch with one of our expert criminal injury lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation.
All we need are:
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.
It will cost you nothing to start the process, allowing you to make an informed decision after you have all the information you need.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be entitled to compensation ranging from £1,000 to £500,000.
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:
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-run organisation 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 either:
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 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. Northern Ireland has its own scheme.
Criminal assault claims can be made to the CICA for any type of incident which has caused physical or psychological injury.
To successfully secure compensation for being attacked or assaulted, you need to have been a victim of a crime, including:
In cases of sexual assault, a victim could have a valid case for compensation for any instance where sexual contact has taken place without consent if the details have been reported to the police. This includes stalking, touching over clothing, groping, drug-facilitated sexual assault, child sexual abuse and rape.
If a person has been subjected to an assault of more than one kind, the CICA will award a compensation settlement based on the crime which is most serious.
You may be eligible for compensation if:
You will not be eligible for compensation if:
The Hudgell Promise
When we take on any case, we want you to feel reassured and confident in every aspect of your claim. That’s why we offer a service that puts your needs over and above anything else.