At Potter Rees Dolan, we have a team of highly experienced lawyers who specialise in claims for serious criminal injuries. If you have been the victim of a violent crime, you may be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), even if the perpetrator hasn’t been caught.
If you have suffered as a result of a violent attack, contact our team of specialist criminal injury solicitors. We understand how harrowing and distressing it can be having to have to relive the incident. Our specialist personal injury solicitors have vast experience in handling matters of a very sensitive nature and are committed to helping you through it every step of the way.
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To speak to our solicitors - based in Manchester - in confidence about making a claim, simply call us on 0800 027 2557 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you at a convenient time.
What is the CICA?
As mentioned above, CICA stands for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which is an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Its aim is to provide compensation to victims of violent crimes in England, Scotland and Wales that led to physical or mental injuries.
Making a claim through the CICA
If you have been the victim of a criminal attack, you could be eligible to make a claim from the CICA. In order to be eligible to make a claim, your case must meet the following criteria:
- You must be an innocent victim of a violent crime, and suffered injuries as a result
- You must have reported the crime to the police within 48 hours of the assault. If the severity of your injuries delayed your report, you must provide adequate evidence of the delay to the CICA
- A claim for compensation must be submitted to the CICA within two years of the crime taking place
The next steps
Once you have made your application for a claim, the CICA will review your case to see if you are eligible for compensation. Factors taken into account include:
- your conduct prior and during the assault, including any previous criminal convictions you may have
- evidence to support your claim including police and hospital records.
After your case has been reviewed, the CICA will let you know if your case was successful. If it declines your application, we can consider carefully with you the merit in any subsequent review or any subsequent appeal.
How can Potter Rees Dolan help?
We have extensive experience and knowledge of the CICA process, which enables us to ensure the strongest evidence is presented to the CICA on your behalf.
The CICA can be cautious in making awards from what is a limited pot of public money . We are there to advocate on your behalf, every step of the way. We can make that difference.
Whilst your claim is ongoing, we can request interim awards from the CICA (once eligibility has been determined in your favour), which can be used to fund the support and therapies that can assist your recovery and help get life back on track. This might include counselling, specialist physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
If you are the victim or witness of a crime and want to speak to somebody about your experiences, Victim Support, an independent charity, offers its help to 1.5 million people every year to offer its help.
Contact us today
In order to give you the best possible chance of making a successful claim, you should seek the help and advice of our specialist personal injury solicitors who will help make a winning case. We’ve help countless victims gain the compensation they deserve, now it’s your turn. Call us on 0800 027 2557 or fill out our online contact form.