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Specialists in fatal criminal injury & bereavement awards

Losing a loved one as a result of a violent crime is a devastating experience. To acknowledge this loss the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) can make financial awards to provide some level of support to families and loved ones.

Bereavement and dependency payments can be made to close relatives of victims who have died as a direct result of violent criminal behaviour. These CICA payments can be claimed following incidents of:

Bereavement awards, along with funeral, dependency and child’s payments, are made regardless of whether the person who committed the crime was a stranger, a friend or even a family member. They can also be made if the perpetrator also died or was never identified or brought to justice.


Specialist fatal criminal injury lawyers

Our dedicated criminal injury team has vast experience in ensuring victims of crime and their families are successfully represented and we will:

  • Work hard to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
  • Have your best interests at heart.
  • Assess your case with honesty, discretion and sensitivity.
  • Maximise your chances of success in the quickest time possible.
  • Keep you updated with the progress of your claim every step of the way.

It is never too late to enquire about making an award, we supported our client in her compensation claim after her mother died in a domestic murder, even though she waited 40-years before reaching out for the help she was entitled to.


Am I eligible to make a claim for bereavement damages?

To be awarded CICA fatal injuries compensation the death must have been investigated by the police. You may be eligible for compensation under the CICA scheme if you were a ‘qualifying relative’, defined by the CICA scheme as follows:

  • The wife, husband or civil partner of the deceased, who was living with the deceased in the same household.
  • The partner of the deceased (other than a spouse or civil partner), who was living with them in the same household and had done so for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the date of the death.
  • A child of the deceased, regardless of age.
  • A parent of the deceased.
  • The spouse or civil partner, or a former spouse or civil partner, of the deceased who was financially dependent on the deceased.

The CICA can make awards to any number of qualifying relatives. Awards can also be made for any psychological injury caused by witnessing a loved one suffer a fatal, violent crime or if you were involved in the immediate aftermath.


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How to make a bereavement award 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 gather details of your claim, complete and submit an application online.

Step 3

Submit CICA application

We will send a letter to the CICA with details of your claim.

Step 4

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of 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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Who can make a bereavement damages claim?

If you are a qualifying relative of the person who has died as a result of a criminal assault, you may be eligible for a dependency payment under the CICA scheme. To be eligible for bereavement and dependency payments you must be a ‘qualifying relative’.

A qualifying relative is a person who at the time of the deceased’s death was:

  • The wife, husband or civil partner of the deceased, who was living with the deceased in the same household.
  • The partner of the deceased (other than a spouse or civil partner), who was living with them in the same household and had done so for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the date of the death.
  • A child of the deceased, regardless of age.
  • A parent of the deceased.
  • The spouse or civil partner, or a former spouse or civil partner, of the deceased who was financially dependent on the deceased.

The definition of ‘child’ is not limited to a person below the age of 18. It includes adult children and a child of the deceased born after the incident.

A claimant must be able to provide evidence to show that the deceased was making a financial contribution to their upkeep.

How much are bereavement awards for qualifying relatives?

Currently, CICA bereavement awards are currently set at £11,000 where there is one qualifying relative. Where there is more than one qualifying relative, awards are paid at £5,500 to each individual, regardless as to how may relatives qualify for an award.

If you are a qualifying relative and the deceased was your main carer you may be eligible for a dependency payment. Examples of physical dependency are getting help with:

  • Personal hygiene (toileting/bathing).
  • Food preparation and eating.
  • Medication and simple treatments.
  • Keeping you safe from harm.

What other payments may be available to me following a criminal fatal injury?

In addition to bereavement payments, the CICA can make the following additional payments to qualifying relatives:

  • Funeral payments
  • Child’s payments
  • Dependency payments

What CICA awards are there for funeral expenses?

Currently the scheme provides for a minimum basic payment of £2,500 towards funeral costs where a person has died as a direct result of injuries inflicted by a crime of violence.

An additional discretionary award for further costs up to £2,500 may be available where these costs are considered reasonable, and the claimant can provide receipts.

The flat rate funeral payment of £2,500 can be made as soon as eligibility has been established.

The further payment of up to £2,500 may be payable where the particular circumstances mean that the flat rate will not cover the funeral costs. The total amount of a funeral payment cannot exceed £5,000.

The funeral expenses may include items such as:

  • Provision of a funeral.
  • Tombstone.
  • Flowers.
  • Newspaper announcements.
  • Funeral breakfasts / non-alcoholic refreshments.
  • Memorials.
  • Transporting the deceased back to their country of origin.

How are 'child payments' calculated?

If the child was under 18 at the time of death and dependent on the deceased for parental services then a child dependency award can be made to recognise the loss of:

  • Love and affection.
  • Care and supervision.
  • Being taken to and from clubs and activities.
  • Treats.

The award is calculated from the time of the deceased’s death up until the day before the child’s 18th birthday. The payment is currently £2,000 for each qualifying year.

Payments can be made in advance, annually, to the person who has parental responsibility for the child or as a lump sum when the child reaches the age of 18. Interest will also be added to the final lump sum.

How are dependency payments calculated following a criminal fatal injury?

A dependency payment may be made to a qualifying relative who at the time of the deceased’s death was financially or physically dependent on the deceased. A qualifying relative is deemed as being physically dependent on the deceased if the deceased was their main carer.

The period to which a dependency payment will relate begins on the day of the death.

The period to which a dependency payment will relate ends on whichever is the earliest of:

  • In the case of a qualifying relative who is a child under the age of 18, the day before their 18th birthday.
  • The day upon which the deceased would have reached state pension age;(the date on which, before the incident giving rise to their criminal injury, the deceased’s life would have been expected to end.
  • The expected end of the qualifying relative’s life; or
  • The 50th anniversary of the date of death.

The amount payable will be the weekly rate of statutory sick pay and the weekly amount will be divided in equal shares between each qualifying relative who is eligible for a dependency claim.

The dependency payment will be made in a lump sum.

Can I claim CICA compensation if I suffered psychological and emotional trauma when a loved one was killed?

If you are a ‘qualifying relative’ and you suffered, for example, moderate to severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a direct result of witnessing a fatal attack, or the immediate aftermath of the attack, on a loved one then you could be entitled to a further criminal injuries compensation award.

At Hudgell Solicitors we understand how those awful scenes will remain with a person forever and have a profound and debilitating effect on their mental health. Often we will seek the advice of independent experts for a long-term diagnosis to support their CICA claim. This has been the case for those who lost loved ones in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

We also, on behalf of clients, ask the CICA to review and appeal decisions where initial claims have been unsuccessful or unsatisfactory. With expert opinions, those decisions can be overturned.

Can I appeal a CICA decision?

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

Once again, Hudgell Solicitors are experts in Criminal Injuries Compensation Awards, and the success of a claim could depend on the evidence you submit.

How long do I have to make a CICA bereavement claim?

Generally speaking, a claim should be made within two years from the date of the incident. There are however exceptions to this rule, so always take advice, no matter how long ago the incident was.

Exceptions can be made if there were exceptional circumstances, such as you not being well enough, either physically or mentally, to make a claim within that two-year window. The CICA will consider this on a case-by-case basis.

What evidence do I need to make a CICA claim?

Compensation awarded by the CICA is based upon the evidence in a police report. The CICA may also have to consider other financial, medical and personal evidence you submit with your claim.

What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authorities (CICA) is a Government organisation, funded by the Ministry of Justice, which provides compensation for innocent victims of crime.

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