The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government organisation that can pay money (an award) to people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the blameless victim of a violent crime.
They consider applications and make awards that range from £1,000 to £500,000.
The current Scheme was introduced on 27 November 2012 and applies to any application made on or after that date. If your application was made before then different rules may apply.
How is Wrigley Claydon linked to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?
We can act for clients in CICA claims to present the claim in the best possible way to ensure maximum compensation for the injuries sustained. We also liaise with the CICA and take away from you the administrative burden. We can also gather further evidence and information that the CICA may require to substantiate your claim. We ensure that such information is obtained and submitted to the CICA within strict time limits. This allows (broadly) clients who suffer personal injury as a result of the criminal act of another to be compensated whether or not the criminal has any money (or insurance) to pay himself. Our payment amounts to a fee of up to 25% of any compensation you are awarded. ou pay nothing if your claim does not succeed. In this way we are sharing the risk with you and also have a vested interest in ensuring you recover maximum compensation.
A report issued this week (4th September 2014) indicated that a number of police forces around the country are not investigating all crimes, principally due to a lack of resources. In a situation where crimes are not fully investigated, it may be harder for the individual to make a CICA claim without the assistance of a solicitor like Wrigley Claydon.
Areas that constitute ‘criminal injury’ include physical assault, sexual abuse, racial abuse and post traumatic stress, amongst many more.
If you feel you have a case for criminal injury compensation please contact one of our Litigation team, Vijay Srivastava or Shalish Mehta, by calling 0161 785 3529 or completing our claim form below.
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