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Violent crime takes many forms, and the CICA is there to help victims get the financial support they need to rebuild their lives following an assault or sexual abuse. Below, we’ve provided essential information on making a claim for criminal injuries compensation in exceptional circumstances, such as following sexual assault and abuse, or making a claim on behalf of a minor.
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Set up in in 1996, 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 from £1,000 to £500,000 to people who are mentally or physically injured as a result of a crime.
For a CICA criminal assault compensation claim to stand a chance of being 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:
CICA claims can only be made in England, Scotland and Wales, with Northern Ireland having 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 the following:
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 in nature.
You may be eligible for compensation if:
You will not be eligible for compensation if:
Compensation can be awarded for:
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:
You have 2 years from the date you were injured, or 2 years from the date sexual abuse was reported to the police, to submit your application for compensation in accordance with the CICA Scheme 2012. However, this two-year time limit can be waived if you can provide ‘exceptional’ circumstances as to why you have not submitted your application earlier. When a child has been assaulted or abused the two-year time limit starts to run when they turn 18.
Unfortunately, the CICA will not pay for your legal fees in relation to your application for compensation. In light of this, your application is dealt with on a no win, no fee basis.
In short, if your claim is not successful you do not have to pay anything. However, if you are successful in receiving compensation we will deduct no more than 25% plus VAT from the overall compensation award you receive.
We understand a sexual assault can leave victims feeling both vulnerable and frightened, so you are guaranteed complete confidentiality and sensitivity when you turn to us for help.
If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you may be entitled to compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. You can potentially claim for sexual assault even if you have suffered no physical injuries.
We will not only support you through a legal claim for compensation, but also by helping to put you in touch with charities and organisations able to provide additional support. It may be possible to pursue the perpetrator for compensation directly or through an organisation connected to that person, for example an employer, social services, education establishment or local authority.
If you have parental responsibility, you can apply for compensation on behalf of a child under the age of 18, knowing the case will be handled with complete confidentiality and sensitivity by Hudgell Solicitors.
If the child has been abused by a member of the same immediate family, you may still be able to claim without parental responsibility.
Our experts are experienced in handling the sensitive and difficult nature of claims relating to children, and you can be assured the matter will be handled with sympathy and understanding throughout.
To help us assist with your claim you will need to provide the following when you contact us:
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.
Therefore it will cost you nothing to start the process, allowing you to make an informed decision when in possession of all the information you require.
Further information about the CICA is available from our dedicated criminal injuries website at www.cica-criminal-injuries.co.uk.
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