If you have been the victim of a criminal assault then you may have a criminal injury claim for compensation from the Government. The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) set out a range of payments that might be awarded. The possible payments will depend on the type of injury you have suffered and the impact on your life.
Victims of crime have to cope with physical and psychological injury. We also know they often find it hard to cope with the events until criminal proceedings have finished. Our clients sometimes have to give evidence at the criminal court. Tragically, in murder cases, they also have to attend inquests when a family member has died.
If you contact us you will receive independent expert advice from a criminal injury solicitor. We can guarantee this because only specialist, senior lawyers will handle your claim. We can tell you if it is better for you to apply directly to the CICA or for us to submit a claim for you. Generally we recommend you do not instruct us if your compensation award is likely to be small because your costs cannot be recovered.
If you do not appoint us, we can direct you to other organisations who can help. These include Victim Support, a national charity which was set up to help those affected by crime.
If you are considering a claim, you should be aware that there is a 2 year time limit to submit a claim. We recommend you contact us as soon as possible so that we can guide you from the start.
Ed Myers heads up our CICA Service. He has spent over 25 years acting for victims of crime. Ed has previously represented victims of the Soho Pub Bombings and other serious criminal incidents. Read some of our criminal injury compensation case studies.