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The CICA are a government body who will provide compensation to a victim of a crime of violence (including domestic abuse).
Here at Ramsdens the Personal Injury team have a wealth of knowledge in claims involving the CICA ensuring maximisation of final awards offered.
The CICA will require the act of violence to have been reported to the Police. The first step is therefore to make a report by calling 101.The Police will the make contact and investigate providing a crime reference number which can then be provided to the CICA.
The CICA require an application form to be completed and submitted to them at the time of claiming. They will often encourage a victim to complete this themselves which they are able to do. However, it has been the case on numerous occasions that the CICA reject applications or offer low figures by way of settlement. With key knowledge of perusing a claim through this process, we at Ramsdens are able to ensure that all valid claims are not refused and that compensation awards are maximised. We will also take over the entirety of the process so that the CICA have to respond and deal with our skilled team, ensuring that the injuries and effects of these are adequately assessed in terms of their compensation brackets.
The CICA require a claim to be made within 2 years from the date of incident or report to the Police. If the claim involves a child the time starts to run from their 18th birthday If it was reported to the Police before Or within 2 years from the report to the Police if it was reported after. The CICA may extend time limits where they are content that due to exceptional circumstances the victim could not have applied earlier.
At Ramsdens our specialist team are able to advise here having a wealth of experience in timescale challenges.
We are able to act on all claims via the CICA and also at the same time advise regarding any other potential claims that can be made alongside this, for example a claim against a private organisation if applicable. It is important that any stumbling blocks that may be raised by the CICA with regard to the claim generally whether that be in relation to timescales, valuation, medical treatment or any other are set aside so that the case proceeds with a good outcome. Our team have all the expertise to ensure that this is the reality.
In addition a case may have been settled via the CICA already, it later transpiring that the injuries and lasting effects are more significant than thought. Here the CICA may agree to reopen the case with further medical evidence so that an additional award is made. We have successfully dealt with numerous cases of this nature receiving additional awards to accurately assess on-going physical and psychological trauma. Our team can advise fully on all issues here assessing viability to proceed.
For advice on any potential or settled CICA claims please contact our Personal Injury Team in confidence. To do this you can complete the contact form or call us free on 0800 804 7450 to book a free information session at any of our offices.