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Can I claim criminal injuries compensation for being assaulted?

If you have been the victim of a crime of violence, for example a violent mugging, an unprovoked attack or a sexual assault, you may be able to pursue a claim for damages through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Our specialist Criminal Injury lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with criminal assault and abuse claims through the government funded CICA scheme. The CICA is a government organisation set up to compensate victims of violent crime who have been physically or mentally injured, including those who have been sexually assaulted or abused.

Awards range from £1,000 to £500,000.

Financial awards can be made for:

  • Physical and mental injuries
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • In certain circumstances, loss of past and future earnings
  • In certain circumstances, special expenses such as appliances and adaptations or private medical treatment
  • Bereavement, dependency, and funeral expenses following a fatal assault.

Although every case is unique, we have previously secured awards for victims of:

  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic assaults including sexual and physical assaults on children
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Mugging
  • Unprovoked attacks
  • Aggravated assault
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Assaults by a spouse or family member
  • Assault leading to fatality
  • Assault in the workplace to include prison officers, traffic wardens, nursing and medical staff in hospitals

It does not matter whether the perpetrator is known or unknown, or if they were charged by the police, you can still make a claim for compensation.

Am I eligible to make a CICA assault claim?

Anyone who has been injured during a violent criminal attack in England, Scotland or Wales can apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), provided their injury or abuse is included in the CICA’s tariff.

To make a CICA compensation claim you must:

  • Be a blameless victim of crime
  • Have suffered a personal injury or abuse listed in the CICA’s tariff as a result
  • Have reported the assault or abuse to the police and co-operated with their investigation

The CICA could refuse to award compensation or reduce any award if you have an unspent criminal conviction on your record.

Your application must usually be lodged within two years of the incident, although this is discretionary and can be waived in certain circumstances particularly in claims involving abuse.

How much CICA compensation can I claim for an assault?

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be entitled to receive a payment ranging from £1,000 to £500,000.

For an accurate assessment of how much you can expect to receive, please get in touch and our CICA claims team will appraise the strength of your case.

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