Claiming from CICA, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

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Many people are unaware that if you are an innocent victim of a crime and you are injured as a result of being involved in a crime, you are well within rights to claim for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

This body is run by the government and it ensures that anybody who has been injured as a direct result of being involved innocently in a crime such as a burglary, a rape or mugging, gets the compensation they deserve. Regardless of how serious the injury is, you are entitled to put in a claim for compensation. Injuries after such crimes do not have to be physical; they can be emotional as well. Many people do not realise the mental affects being involved in such a crime and it can be very traumatic. Criminal injuries compensation also covers emotional injuries such as not being able to leave the house, or depression.

Each case is assessed on a case by case basis and there is no fixed amount that is awarded to each case, but the amount you will receive for your injuries largely depends on how serious the crime was and also how badly injured you have been. You will need to provide medical evidence of your injuries as well as any costs you have incurred because of your accident. You should document any visit to the hospital or your doctor, as well as keeping a diary of things that have had to change as a result of the crime.

In order to help you progress your application through CICA and to ensure that your case is strong enough to warrant awarding compensation, it would be in your best interests to hire the services of a solicitor to help you. Your solicitor will be able to put a case together on your behalf which should cover all the aspects of the crime as well as details of your injuries and relevant evidence to support your claim. Once a case has been put together by your solicitor, it will be submitted to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for assessment. It can be a long process but you need to persevere with it.

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  1. Khosi

    My husband was shot while he was at work. He was taken to Hospital to undergo an emergency operation. He later required physiotherapy as he was shot from the back, with the wound next to his spine and also in the neck. The bullet went through under his left arm.

    After surgery, he stayed in the hospital for 7 days. He is still off work, recovering at home but has had complications. He is attending check ups now and then. Can he claim compensation from the employer as he was at work when he got shot?

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    • Ian Morris

      I cannot see how you could hold his employer responsible for the fact that he was injured in a shooting – unless your Husband works in a known ‘hazardous role’ where such an incident were to be expected and the employer didn’t provide adequate protective equipment.

      In this matter, it would appear that the incident was the result of criminal activity. If so, the only route to claiming compensation in the UK is via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – a government funded statutory body that may compensate the victims of criminal injuries. Therefore, if your Husband was shot in the UK, he can contact us to make a CICA claim as long as he has cooperated with the police.

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  2. Sarah Cook

    Hi, I have had a claim for criminal injuries compensation rejected, as they said I was uncooperative with the police by dropping the charges. I did this as I was led to believe by the police that there was not enough evidence for them to get the case to court. I was also getting more and more depressed with panic attacks. Is it worth me asking for my case to be reviewed. I feel so angry that I have had justice and I have had to go back to have therapy.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should certainly appeal and provide a written explanation as to why you didn’t press the charges – it seems that you were almost advised to do so and this should give food for thought to the CICA authorities when considering your appeal.

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      • Sarah Cook

        Are you able to help me on how to ask for a review. The solicitor I was using is not willing to help me with a review and says they will send the information from cica back. If you can’t help can you forward my details onto a solicitor that would be willing to help even just the wording.

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        • Ian Morris

          It is difficult for a Solicitor to get involved with CICA appeals due to the cost (to the Solicitor) of them doing so and the strong possibility that they would not be able to recover the cost incurred. We realise that this sounds harsh, but of course, Solicitors when considering acting on a No Win No Fee basis have to risk assess the prospects of a claim.

          In many cases, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority look more kindly upon appeals that are made directly from a claimant rather than via a Solicitor. In your case, you should appeal directly in writing to them and as soon as possible. You should address each of their reasons for rejecting your initial claim and detail why your circumstances and the attitude of the Police officers dealing with the case lead to you not pressing charges against the person responsible.

          Given the awful trauma that you were subjected to, it is understandable that you may not have been in the right frame of mind to understand the consequences of not pressing charges or being in a position to fight the negative attitude of the Police officers handling the case. You should explain how these issues lead to you perhaps making the wrong decision. You should also cite the details of how you have been injured – physically and emotionally and list what treatments and discussions you have had with your GP and other health professionals.

          Of course, you could also return to the Police and request that your case be re-opened and again, cite that you feel that you were encouraged to ‘leave’ the case on the basis that the Police Officers were not positive about the case. If so, it would be good to add that in to any appeal that you were to send to the CICA.

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