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Being a victim of a violent crime is a traumatic experience that often results in a ripple effect on a person’s life. Because of the physical nature of violent crime, a victim can be affected for a prolonged period of time after the crime has taken place. The recovery period may include having to take time off work due to injuries, or having to travel to and from appointments for treatment.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime and are seeking some sort of justice, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for any injuries you have suffered. Compensation can also be made for mental injury and mental distress.
To speak to a CICA solicitor about making a claim for compensation, contact Ramsdens Solicitors today on 0800 804 7540 or via email at email@example.com to book a free information session at any of our offices. Alternatively, fill in our contact form and we will get back to you.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government organisation established to manage a compensation scheme for blameless victims of violent crimes in Great Britain. Its main role is to provide compensation for physical and / or mental injury as a direct result of a violent crime. The CICA is funded by the UK government and is designed to recognise and compensate victims who have suffered harm as a result of criminal conduct.
If you wish to make a claim for a criminal injury, there are a few steps that you will need to be aware of. In many ways, criminal injuries require different steps to claim compensation when compared to other types of personal injury claim. Our team of CICA specialists will lead you through the entire process so that your claim stands the best chance of success and you receive the maximum amount of compensation.
The CICA requires the crime to have been reported to the police. The first step, therefore, is to make a report by calling 101. You will then hear from the police. At this point, they will begin a formal investigation, and you will be provided with a CRN (crime reference number).
This step is crucial as you are required to have a crime reference number to begin a claim with the CICA.
It is also important that the crime is reported to the police ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’. Our experienced CICA specialists will be able to advise on this step in further detail, as every case has different circumstances.
A range of individuals can make a criminal injury compensation claim through the CICA, including:
Please note, there are further eligibility criteria set by the CICA such as residency requirements and crime reporting obligations. For a complete understanding of your eligibility to make a claim, we strongly recommend seeking professional legal advice. Our experienced CICA specialists at Ramsdens Solicitors are available to provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your case and guide you through the claims process
On your behalf, we will present your claim to the CICA by way of completion of a CICA application form.
With the sheer number of cases that the CICA outright rejects, as well as their many low-figure settlement offers, we highly encourage all victims to follow the of a CICA specialist.
At Ramsdens, we will help you to stand the best possible chance of your claim being accepted by the CICA and ensure that you receive the greatest amount of compensation possible.
What’s more, our team of specialists will handle the entire process of your CICA claim. We will correspond with the CICA, negotiate on your behalf and ensure that the CICA meets its responsibilities.
While it is not a legal requirement to hire the services of specialist solicitors to make a criminal injury claim, it is highly recommended. The CICA claims process can be complex and requires careful handling to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.
CICA specialists can provide invaluable guidance and expertise, ensuring that the application is accurately completed, that sufficient evidence is gathered, and that all eligibility requirements are met. Furthermore, they can advise you on the appropriate amount of compensation to claim based on your unique circumstances, help you understand the legal jargon involved, and provide emotional support during this challenging time.
At Ramsdens Solicitors, our experienced team of criminal injury lawyers can provide comprehensive advice and support to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. We understand the physical and emotional trauma that can result from violent crime, and we are here to guide you through every step of the claims process with compassion and sensitivity.
The process of making a compensation claim through the CICA involves several steps:
The amount of compensation you may claim for a criminal injury varies greatly as it is based on the specifics of your case, including the type and severity of your injury, any loss of earnings you may have suffered, and the impact of the crime on your life.
The compensation received through the CICA is primarily for the injury itself. However, it may also include elements such as:
The CICA operates on a tariff system, which determines the amount of compensation awarded based on the severity of the injury or harm experienced. The minimum amount of compensation that can be awarded is £1,000. The maximum amount of compensation that can be received through the CICA is £500,000.
There are a number of time-sensitive factors that victims must be aware of when making a CICA claim.
Specifically, the CICA requires a claim to be made within two years from the date of the incident or the report conducted by the police.
If a victim is under the age of 18 years old, then the time period begins on the day of their 18th birthday. Or the time limit will run for two years after a police report is made after the incident.
The CICA is also able to extend time limits for exceptional or extenuating circumstances in which the victim was unable to apply within the regular time frame.
The duration of the criminal injury claims process varies from case to case and is dependent on several factors including the complexity of the case, the severity of the injury, and how quickly necessary evidence is provided. It is not uncommon for claims to take several years and, more complex cases may take longer.
We understand the urgency and importance of receiving your compensation and will work diligently to ensure that your claim is processed as swiftly and efficiently as possible, providing you with updates and support throughout the entire process.
If you have had a previous case with the CICA, whether successful or unsuccessful, it may be possible to reopen your case.
In situations where a victim’s injuries/lasting effects are more pronounced than what was first thought, the CICA may agree to reopen an old case. In this event, additional medical evidence will need to be provided so that additional compensation can be made.
We have successfully won clients additional awards from the CICA on several occasions. With previous accurate assessments for ongoing physical and psychological trauma, our team can advise on all issues and can assess the viability to proceed with a reopened case.
At Ramsdens, we are proud to have Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority specialists that are incredibly well-qualified to tackle all claims sent to the CICA.
With our years of knowledge and successful claims, our team is well-versed in the CICA process and knows how best to maximise your compensation.
CICA claims can be a delicate act of balance. Most are not familiar with the level of scrutiny and juggling of requirements asked by the CICA. So, with medical treatment, timescales, valuations and paperwork to consider, our team is ready and willing to take the pressure away from victims and focus all of our energy on the claim.
Our team has been incredibly successful in achieving compensation for victims via the CICA. With experts in the claims process, we will be able to confidently achieve success for your case, even in the most complex of situations.
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A criminal injury claim is a type of legal claim made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) seeking compensation for physical or mental injuries suffered as a result of a violent crime. This type of claim is intended to provide financial compensation to victims who have been physically or psychologically harmed by criminal actions, and the compensation can be used to cover costs such as medical bills, loss of income, and any ongoing care or support required
The CICA covers a broad spectrum of violent crimes, including but not limited to:
It is important to remember that the crime must have been reported to the police promptly for a claim to be valid.
The compensation provided by the CICA is not dependent on the person who committed the crime. The CICA is a government-funded scheme designed to compensate innocent victims of violent crime, regardless of whether the perpetrator can pay compensation, or even if the perpetrator has not been identified or convicted. The CICA is funded by the UK government, so the ability of the criminal to pay does not impact the compensation you receive.
Each case is unique and your individual circumstances can affect the claim process and the amount of compensation awarded.
Our abuse claims team is dedicated to helping survivors to claim compensation. If you think you may have a claim and wish to speak to us in confidence, please contact our team of experienced solicitors today on 01484 821 500, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online contact form and we will be in touch.
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