In the year ending March 2018, an estimated 1.4 million adults were the victim of an assault or violent crime and around 47% of these assaults resulted in injury.
In the event that you have suffered a criminal assault, and sustained an injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
While pursuing an assault claim against the assailant for compensation may be the first port of call for a victim, a number of factors render this avenue impractical. An assailant may never be found and even if they are, they may fail to have the means to pay any compensation.
This is where the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) comes in.
What is the CICA?
The CICA is a government funded authority who aim to compensate blameless victims of an assault or other violent crimes. They were originally formed in 1996 with the sole purpose of providing compensation to blameless victims of violent crime. The value of compensation that they offer for a single injury can vary from £1,000 up to £250,000, with a maximum total payment of £500,000 being available for a CICA claim.
A physical assault is the most common form of claim that is submitted to the CICA. They can often involve unprovoked attacks, sometimes with the suspect using a weapon to inflict the injuries.
Will I Be Eligible to Claim From the CICA After a Criminal Assault?
If you have been the victim of a physical assault, then you will have satisfied the first CICA eligibility branch of suffering a ‘crime of violence’. Usually, the assault must have taken place in the past 2 years, although there are exceptions to this rule, and the assault must have been reported to the police as soon as reasonably practicable. For further details on eligibility, please see our in-depth guide on CICA claims.
How Much Will the CICA Offer Me For an Assault Claim?
Upon their formation, the CICA introduced a statutory Scheme in 1996, which has seen several amendments over time, containing a tariff of injuries. This tariff provides compensation for many common injuries that increase in value with severity and the ongoing recovery a victim is undertaking.
Victims of physical assaults can claim for, not only their physical injuries but also, the psychological effects that an incident has had on them. The compensation offered by the CICA for such injuries is again dependent on the severity.
Examples of some of the injuries that the CICA compensate for are below:
How Long Will the CICA Take to Complete an Assault Claim?
The CICA advised that, from the date that they receive an application, they aim to take around twelve-eighteen months to make their initial decision on a claim. This timescale can vary depending on the circumstances of the assault, the severity of injuries and the complexity of the overall claim.
Why Choose Oakwood Solicitors For Your CICA Claim?
After a sustaining an assault, we understand that the last thing an individual wants to do is progress down a stressful claims experience. At Oakwood Solicitors, we want to take away the stress of progressing with an assault claim while also helping you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. Our file handlers have experience with dealing with traumatic incidents and have received training in dealing with vulnerable people.
We will agree to work on your CICA claim on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. The only time we will receive any money after an assault claim is if we bring your claim to a successful conclusion at which point we will take a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation. If your CICA claim is unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay us a penny.
This arrangement obviously means that we are incentivised to try and obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your assault claim.
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