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What is the CICA claims process for criminal injuries and how does it work?
If you suffer an injury or injuries as a victim of a violent crime, then you could be entitled to financial compensation through the government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Founded in 1996, the CICA was set up by the UK government to compensate victims of violent crime, both physical and sexual, in England, Scotland, and Wales.
While the CICA claims process is a great scheme, which accounts for and provides compensation for the victims of over 300 types of injury, many victims can be confused and overwhelmed at the process. Our expert personal injury solicitors are here to help. Below is a guide to CICA, including how the process works, how long a CICA claim will take, and how to appeal for a review of a CICA decision.
Am I eligible for a Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim through CICA?
Generally speaking, there are three major factors that come into play when considered whether or not you are eligible to make a successful claim through CICA.
Whether or not you were in fact the direct victim of a crime
The location of the incident
Where or not the incident was reported to the police
CICA consider a direct victim of a crime to be someone who was injured as a result of said crime. However, it is also possible for the bereaved families who have lost someone close to them as a result of a violent crime to make a claim.
Types of CICA claims:
CICA claims cover all injuries that are caused by an act of violence, which can cover a number of different types of injury claims. Our personal injury solicitors specialist in a wide range of criminal injury claims, and are well experienced in obtaining financial compensation for our clients in these claims.
Some of the criminal injury claims that our team specialises in, are:
If you have suffered injuries due to a violent act in any of these ways, and are looking to make a CICA claim for financial compensation, then our criminal injury solicitors are here to help.
What kind of criminal injuries can I claim for through CICA?
The CICA scheme covers, and offer financial compensation for victims of, a wide range of different injuries resulting from criminal attacks. Below is an overview of what the scheme considers claims for, as stated on the gov.uk website:
mental or physical injury following a crime of a violent nature
sexual or physical abuse
special expenses payments - these payments can cover certain costs you may have incurred as a direct result of an incident, such as care costs. You can only request special expenses if your injuries mean you have been unable to work for more than 28 weeks
loss of earnings - where you are unable to, whether for physical or mental reasons, as the direct result of a criminal injury
a fatality caused by a crime of violence including bereavement payments, payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency, and funeral payments
While these payments are all available through the scheme, it is important to remember that they will only be paid out if your application meets all of the rules and regulations of the scheme, as outlined earlier on this page.
How to make a CICA claim:
If you are looking to make a CICA claim for your injuries, the first step is to get in touch with a solicitor specialising in criminal injury claims, such as our team at MG Legal.
The CICA claims process can be long and complex if you attempt to do it yourself, and there are a number of simple mistakes that can be made.
While many seemingly small mistakes in the CICA paperwork and CICA claims process might not seem like a lot, they can have serious effects on the validity of your claims, and cause long delays in the process.
When you choose to work with MG Legal’s specialist criminal injury solicitors, we will check over everything before it is sent off, sit down and discuss any relevant paperwork, answer any questions you might have, and advise you on any potential mistakes that you have made or things you have forgotten to mention, or worded incorrectly.
What evidence will I need for my criminal injury CICA claim?
It is important to ensure that your application is as full and detailed as possible, in order to make it more likely that your claim will be accepted and you will receive the criminal injuries compensation that you deserve.
Here at MG Legal, we work closely with all of our clients throughout the process to ensure that this is the case. However, if you are thinking of beginning a CICA application and want to be best prepared to do so, you will require the following information for your claim:
The exact time, date, and location of the crime
The circumstances or events of the crime
The name and address of the police station at which the incident was reported
The crime reference number that was given
The name of your GP and address of the medical centre
The details of any other medical facilities or hospitals that you visited in connection with your injury
Details of any unspent criminal convictions you have
Do I need a solicitor for a CICA claim?
When it comes to making a CICA claim for financial compensation, there is no requirement that you use a specialist solicitor to make your claim, and you do always have the option to navigate through the CICA claims process on your own.
However, this is really not advisable, and using an expert solicitor with solid experience in CICA claims can really pay off in the long run, and can even result in you obtaining more financial compensation than otherwise.
This is because, when people attempt to make a CICA claim on their own behalf, they are often offered settlement amounts that are much lower than what they deserve in their CICA claim, and they are more likely to simply accept this offer without the legal knowledge and expertise of how to fight it, or how much they deserve for their injuries.
If you choose to work with a specialist solicitor on your CICA claim, the stress is taken out of the process entirely. Here at MG Legal, your designated personal injury solicitor with ensure that you understand the scheme fully, ensure that you present the correct evidence to support your scheme, and can help you to appeal an award and advise you as to how much your CICA claim should be worth.
It might seem easier to go it alone, but once you have accepted your CICA compensation offer, you cannot go back on this, even if it is obvious that your claim has been under settled for an amount lower than you deserve.
To speak to a specialist criminal injury solicitor today about your potential CICA claim, contact MG Legal for a free consultation with a solicitor at a time that suits you.
How much does it cost to make a CICA claim with a solicitor?
Here at MG Legal, we accept all of our CICA injury claims on a a NO WIN NO FEE basis, allowing all of our clients to make a criminal injury claim at no financial risk.
This means that if your claim happens to be unsuccessful, you do not owe us a penny. If we do successfully win your CICA claim, then our fee will be deducted from your compensation, as the CICA unfortunately do not offer any payment of legal costs, even for successful claims. Still, if you do work with our solicitors, you could well end up with a significantly higher amount of financial compensation than if you made the claim on your own behalf.
Making a CICA claim after suffering bereavement because of a criminal act of violence:
Another part of the CICA claims process, which is less known by most people. If you are a close relative of someone who has unfortunately passed away because of a fatal criminal injury or violent assault, you might be able to claim financial compensation through CICA and the CICA claims process.
This is done through the CICA scheme’s ‘qualifying relative’ section, and our CICA claims solicitors can help to guide you through the complex process.
To speak to a solicitor about your potential qualifying relative CICA claim for financial compensation after suffering bereavement because of a criminal act of violence, contact us online here.
Making a CICA claim for a child of someone who has died because of a criminal act of violence:
If someone dies as a result of a criminal injury or violent attack, you may be able to make a claim for financial compensation on behalf of their child or financial dependants. This money will not make up for the loss of their parent, but the CICA compensation may help to provide them with financial security, and avoid financial worries and concerns as they enter adulthood without their parent.
The CICA compensation for bereaved children is generally set at a payment of £2000 per year, from the time at which their parent passes away in a criminal attack, until the child reaches the age of 18.
To learn more about how to make a CICA claim for a child who has lost a parent in a violent attack as a result of criminal injuries, get in touch with our specialist criminal injury solicitors today and speak to an expert within one working hour.
Making a CICA claim for more than one criminal injury:
If you have suffered multiple injuries in your criminal attack or violent assault, your claim may be more complex. Our CICA claims specialist solicitors would advise you that in a CICA claim for multiple injuries, you could be entitled to:
100% of the full compensation value of your most serious injuries
30% of the second highest-valued injury
15% of the compensation amount of any additional injuries on top of these
If you are looking for more information about your potential CICA claim for multiple injuries, and wish to speak to a specialist solicitor today about how we can help, simply contact us online here and hear back from a solicitor within one working hour for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Making a CICA claim for somebody who has died because of their criminal injuries at a later date:
It can often happen that victims of criminal injuries survive their injuries, but go on to pass away as a result of them at a later date, often times many years later.
When this happens, relatives and family members can be left lost, and unsure whether they are eligible to make a CICA claim, especially if their lost loved one made claimed financial compensation through CICA at the time of the accident.
However, a CICA claim can be made after the death of a victim, regardless of whether or not they received an earlier payment for their criminal injuries before passing away.
The compensation available to the dependants of the deceased can be affected, depending on the amount of financial compensation that was paid out by CICA initially.
To learn more about if you are eligible to make a CICA claim for a relative who died as a result of their criminal injuries at a later date, and learn more about the process, get in touch with our CICA claims solicitors online here, and speak to a specialist within one working hour.
What medical evidence is needed to make a CICA claim?
To make a CICA claim, you will often be asked to provide medical evidence to support your claim. When you work with MG Legal, you can rest assured that all of this will be handled for you as part of your claim, and that your claim will be supported by a full medical report from an expert medical expert in the specialist field of your injuries.
MG Legal have close working relations with a huge number of medical experts and medical specialist in a wide range of fields. To speak to our team about how they can help with your CICA claim, and how the process will work, then simply contact us online today and speak to a specialist solicitor within one working hour.
How long do I have to pursue an application to CICA?
Generally speaking, you have two years from the date of the crime from which the injuries were sustained to make a claim through CICA. This is one year less than the three-year window that you would have to make a standard personal injury claim.
There are, however, exceptions to these rules. If you have been unfortunate enough to be subject to physical or sexual abuse as a minor, then this two-year window does not apply to your claim.
Time limits for making a CICA claim:
According to the gov.uk website, you must apply for a CICA claim ‘as it is reasonably practicable for you to do so’ after suffering from criminal injuries. This should be within two years from when the criminal attack occurred, and the CICA claims time limit can only be extended in specific circumstances.
The CICA claims time limit can be extended when:
due to exceptional circumstances an application could not have been made earlier
the evidence provided in support of the application means that it can be determined without enquiries or investigation by the CICA claims officers
Making a CICA claim after a period of abuse:
While many CICA claims are made for one off events, such as an attack in a pub, or a hit and run violent attack, some CICA claims are made by victims after suffering from a period of abuse.
These can often be made for domestic abuse situations, child abuse, or sexual abuse, that happens over a period of time.
There are still certain circumstances that must be met in these CICA claims for a period of abuse. Get in touch with our CICA claims solicitors today to learn more, and discuss your potential claim with a solicitor.
How much money am I entitled to for my criminal injury claim?
The compensation that is awarded through the scheme is based on a tariff scheme. The severity and extent of your injuries will determine which tariff your claim will fall under, and how much financial compensation you could be entitled to.
If, for example, you are making a claim for numerous injuries of varying severity, you could be entitled to:
100% of the tariff for the most serious injury/injuries that you have sustained
30% of the tariff for the second injury, whether it be equal or second highest in severity and pain
15% of the available tariff amount for any of the further
How long does criminal injury compensation take?
As will all personal injury claims, the length of time that a claim going through CICA will take depends on the individual circumstances. As a general rule of thumb, it is common that from start to finish the process will take around 12 months. However, this does not mean that there will be consistent action and updates regarding your claim throughout this time.
How can MG Legal help me with my claim for CICA criminal injuries compensation?
While you can, as a victim of a violent crime, pursue a claim application to CICA yourself, the process can be made much easier by entrusting our expert personal injury solicitors to help. Our specialised personal injury solicitors have recently settled substantial claims for head and brain injuries, foot injuries, neck and shoulder injuries, hip and knee injuries, and many more.
If you instruct MG Legal on your CICA claim, then we will be sure to keep up to date with the application on your behalf, requiring you to act only if there is any additional information or details are needed. Our experts have over thirty years of experience within personal injury law, and are well experienced in working alongside CICA with claim applications.
Your designated personal injury solicitor will be on hand to assist with any step of the claim process from start to finish, and to answer any questions you may have within one working hour. Before you submit or send off any part of the application, they will sit down and assess the documents to ensure that you have not forgotten anything important or made any mistakes on the forms. This can prevent any delays in the process and ensure that your claim is accepted from the outset, avoiding the need for any appeal process.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors accept all cases, including CICA claims, on a No Win No Fee basis, and are able to do so because of their success rate of over 99%. This essentially means that if we do not win the case, and win financial compensation on behalf of our client, then we do not receive any form of payment and our client does not owe us anything.
If you have been injured in a violent crime of a physical or sexual nature, then you could be entitled to financial compensation through CICA. Get in touch with our local personal injury solicitors, here, for a no-obligation chat to discuss your situation. Alternatively, visit our offices in Garstang, Lancaster, or Longridge for the Preston area.