The effects of a criminal injury can be serious, with many victims suffering from lasting physical and psychological damage and distress. If you’ve been injured either physically or mentally as a result of a criminal act you may be entitled to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority ( CICA ) Scheme. Our specialist solicitors will ensure that you get the maximum possible award.
What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation or CICA Scheme?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation authority or CICA for short is a government organisation that provides compensation for blameless victims of violent crime throughout the UK. The CICA make awards ranging from £1000 to £500,000 depending on the severity of your injuries. If you, a friend or a family member have suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of a violent crime at some point in your life, you may be entitled to compensation under the Scheme.
Why choose us as your legal representation?
You can make your application to the Criminal Injuries Authority yourself, without legal representation, however you may be interested to know that:
There were a total of 33,688 applications made to the authority between 2013-2014. There were a total of 28,307 applications rejected without an award being offered between 2013-2014.(source of information Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority annual report 2013-2014)
Our specialist solicitors will work on a NO WIN NO FEE basis and ensure that you get the best possible settlement. We will work very hard to make sure that your claim is progressed as swiftly as possible and get you the outcome you deserve.
Can I Claim Compensation Under the CICA Scheme?
In order to qualify for an award under the Criminal Injuries Compensation ( CICA ) Scheme 2012 you must meet meet the following criteria:
- The incident was reported to the police within 48 hours or as soon as reasonably possible.
- Your injuries are serious enough to meet the minimum award of £1000 (we will assess this during our initial discussion with you).
- The incident happened within the last two years (in certain circumstances, usually relating to to sexual abuse / assault claims the two year time limit can be waived).
- The incident occurred in England, Wales or Scotland.
- You have no unspent criminal convictions other than driving offences .
By working with you and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, our specialist criminal injury team can achieve an appropriate criminal injuries compensation award for your losses. We can also advise you on benefits and payments available to you if you are left permanently or temporarily disabled or unable to work.The CICA scheme enables you to make a successful claim even if an offender is not identified, caught or convicted. Contact our criminal injury claim specialists using the above online enquiry form or by contacting them at email@example.com or 0161 833 0044.
If accepted then all claims are dealt with on a No Win, No Fee* basis and we never ask for up front payments. If we are successful we will deduct 25% including VAT from your award