Criminal Injuries Compensation Manchester & Cheshire
Claims for injuries received from violent or criminal offences
If you have been assaulted or suffered an injury as a result of a violent crime or criminal activity which occurred in England, Scotland or Wales , you may be eligible to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). You can receive compensation for any physical injury or psychological injury you sustain as a result of the crime.
CICA is government-funded organisation that was set up to compensate victims of violent crimes. There are strict guidelines about the level of compensation and criteria for claiming compensation. You have to show that you qualify for compensation.
CICA has a time limit within which a claim can be brought and it is important to stick to the time limit. You have a period of 2 years from the date of the violent crime to bring a claim. Though there are exceptions to the rule where CICA will use their discretion when the time limit has expired, it is very important that a claim is submitted as soon as possible.
To make a claim with CICA, you have be able to show that;
- you sustained an injury due to the violent crime
- the crime is within the two year limitation period
- your injury was serious enough to require medical attention
- your injury took no less than 6 weeks to recover
- you reported the matter to the police
- you co-operated with the police with their investigations
If you did not suffer any physical injury but you were in immediate fear of your life and can prove that you have suffered psychological injury as a result of the crime, you may be able to claim compensation. For instance, if you were in a shop when armed robbers wielding knives or guns entered, threatening those inside and you were in fear of harm to yourself or your loved one, you may be able to claim compensation.
Also if you have lost a spouse, partner, child or parent to a fatal criminal injury, you may also be able to claim compensation.
As CICA was set up to compensate victims of violent crimes, CICA can withhold or reduce the amount which you would have recovered for compensation if they feel your behaviour may have led to the attack; for example if you initiated a fight or provoked the attacker.
CICA will not pay your legal fees and you will be unable to enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement Basis( No Win No Fee Basis) as a means of funding your claim with us or any other solicitor. We will accept to assist you on a Contingency Fee Agreement basis which means that if you win your case, we will charge you a reasonable percentage of the total award you recover.