A recent review of the CICA scheme by the Victim Commissioner, Baroness Newlove:
“Compensation without re-traumatisation: The Victims’ Commissioner’s Review into Criminal Injuries Compensation January 2019”
Highlighted that nearly 60% of victims of violence make an application to the CICA for compensation without specialist help.
More than half of victims that responded to the Victim Commissioner’s survey found it difficult to understand whether they were eligible for criminal injuries compensation (56 per cent).
The scheme has fairly technical grounds determining eligibility and direct applicants are faced with the problem of obtaining their own supportive medical evidence and many find that obtaining that evidence is very difficult for them.
These factors can lead to unexpected rejection of a claim or an offer that appears to be too low.
What should you do if your application is rejected?
Paul Cain of Hudgell Solicitors explains:
“You are entitled to request a review of the decision that has been made but you must act quickly as the CICA have quite strict timescales for requesting a review that must be complied with. At Hudgell Solicitors we have an excellent record on review decisions where the original decision is reviewed by a a different claims officer. In many cases we have succeeded in arguing that the applicant is eligible for an award and on many occasions secure an increased award in settlement of a claim.
In the event that you do not agree with the review decision then you are entitled to Appeal the decision and again Hudgell Solicitors have an excellent record taking claims to an Appeal and will support applicants and arrange representation at an Appeal if we feel there are good prospects of challenging the original decision”.
“Lawyers like Neil Hudgell Solicitors are “no-win, no-fee” so you don’t pay for our advice until and unless your claim is successful.
“A number of people who have already had their compensation claims rejected have approached us, and we’ve been successful in having the decisions reversed
If you have been dealing with your application to the CICA yourself and feel you have reached the stage where you need assistance in challenging a review decision or appealing a decision we would be happy to take details with a view to taking your claim on.
For more information, visit www.cica-criminal-injuries.co.uk