Criminal Injury Compensation Claims Lawyers Manchester – Bury & Prestwich
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, there are provisions in place to help you claim compensation for injuries that you have suffered, be they physical or psychological in nature. Compensation claims are made from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Our specialist personal injury solicitors can offer essential guidance and support to help you make a claim and to maximise the potential compensation available to you.
The criminal injury compensation lawyers at Aubrey Isaacson have a well-earned reputation for consistently achieving excellent results for clients making CICA claims across the north of England. We understand that individuals who are making such claims have gone through a traumatic experience and require legal support that is reliable, professional and delivered in a sensitive manner. Our friendly and compassionate solicitors will take the time to meet with you and discuss your options in detail and to answer any questions you may have in plain English.
Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
The CICA was created to provide compensation for victims who have suffered injuries as a direct result of a violent crime. 'Criminal injury' is the term used to describe physical or psychological harm that has been sustained by an individual as a consequence of this. A criminal injury compensation claim might be made if the person has been the victim of a criminal offence such as:
- Sexual abuse as an adult or a child
- Serious physical assault
- Stabbing incidents that have caused serious harm and/or scarring
- Assault, abuse or other violent crime that has resulted in a brain injury
- A violent crime that resulted in the death of a loved one
Requirements for Making a Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim
To be able to make a claim the incident that caused your injuries must have occurred in England, Wales or Scotland and be severe enough to qualify for the minimum tariff award of £1,000. If the injuries that you suffered can be resolved within a relatively short period, they will probably be unlikely to qualify for the minimum tariff award. The scheme is limited in nature, for example, injuries such as bruising or black eyes, which clear up within a few weeks are unlikely to qualify for an award.
There are strict time limits for making a claim to the CICA. This must be done within two years, or by your 20th birthday if you were a child when the incident took place. Generally, the time limit for making a CICA application is strictly applied. Discretion to extend is rarely exercised and may well need to be negotiated with the CICA.
The incident must be reported to the police within 48 hours of it taking place, or as soon as is practicable thereafter. You must also obtain a crime reference number from the police.
Criminal convictions (other than spent motoring offences) could reduce or eliminate your entitlement to CICA compensation depending on how long ago the conviction was and what the conviction was for. You must also have been the victim of an unprovoked attack, so threats on your part to the assailant or altercations that took place beforehand could reduce or eliminate the award.
To make a claim to the CICA, you must cooperate fully with the police at all times in assisting them to bring the assailant to justice. Dropping the charges or failing to take steps the police ask you to take could result in your CICA claim being rejected. Contact our solicitors for guidance on your potential claim.
Our local Personal Injury Solicitors Philip Cohen, Joanne Rodgerson & Jeffrey Gilbert have many years of experience helping people locally and across the UK to claim compensation for serious accidents and injuries and we can help you too.
Contact Our Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester, Bury & Prestwich
We appreciate that every criminal injury compensation claim is different. Our personal injury solicitors are dedicated to developing a full understanding of clients who have been the victim of a violent crime as part of our uniquely personalised service. Please speak to a member of our personal injury team today to find out how we can help.