No win, no fee serious assault CICA claims
You can be represented by a highly-experienced criminal injuries lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.
Serious assault claims
Should you, a family member or a friend suffer physical or psychological injuries due to a violent crime, it may be possible to recover assault compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
To begin a claim you need to have been a victim of a crime, which can include, but are not limited to:
- Common Assault.
- Assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH).
- Assault causing grievous bodily harm (GBH).
- Assault in a public place.
- Assault at work.
- Domestic assault.
- Assault by a security guard or ‘bouncer’.
- Criminal assault.
- Assault leading to fatality.
- Assault with a weapon.
- Sexual assault – any sexual contact without consent.
Even if the offender has not been caught or charged, or if the police are unable to identify the person responsible, our criminal assault lawyers will fight to secure the justice and compensation you’re entitled to, such as in the case of Geoffrey Robinson, whose attacker was never found.
Specialist criminal injury lawyers
Our dedicated criminal injury team have vast experience, ensuring your case reflects the severity of your injuries. We will;
- Work hard to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
- Maximise your chances of success in the quickest time possible.
- Have your best interests at heart.
- Assess your case with honesty, discretion and sensitivity.
- Keep you updated with the progress of your claim every step of the way.
Am I eligible to make a claim?
For a CICA criminal assault compensation claim to be successful, you must report the incident to the police and fully co-operate with them.
You may be eligible for compensation under the CICA scheme if you were;
- The victim of a violent crime or assault.
- Not to blame for 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 if you were involved in the immediate aftermath.
Any settlement you receive will be paid for by a central fund which is administered by the Government, funded by the general taxes we all pay, so there’s no need to feel guilty about making a claim for assault compensation
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How to make a serious assault claim
Make a claim in six easy steps
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.
We will gather details of your claim, complete and submit an application online.
Submit CICA application
We will send a letter to the CICA with details of your claim.
Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports
We will request copies of your medical records and gather evidence to support any loss of earnings claim.
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.
We will make submissions on your behalf in any appeal where we believe their decision or offer is incorrect.
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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.
The CICA can award payments ranging anywhere from £1,000 to £500,000 to people who are mentally or physically injured as a result of a crime.
The amount of compensation you will be awarded depends on a wide variety of factors individual to your case.
What are the time limits on making a serious assault claim?
CICA claims should ideally be made within two years of the incident or abuse being reported to the police.
There are, however, exceptions to this rule, so it is best to seek legal advice no matter what your circumstances are.
Cases can also be taken on before any related criminal proceedings have been completed, so there is no need to wait for criminal court proceedings to be completed.
Our criminal injury lawyers always recommend seeking access to justice as soon as possible.
What evidence do I need to make a CICA claim?
To start a claim with the CICA you must report the assault committed against you to the police.
Compensation awarded by the CICA is based upon the evidence in a police report.
If medical evidence is available, we can advise you whether to submit it and explain how it could benefit your case, also it may help you receive thousands more in compensation if psychological damage can be established.
Before applying to the CICA, we strongly recommend seeking expert legal advice because the evidence your case relies upon really does matter.
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.
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