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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.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) 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. Victims of criminal assaults 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.
Claimants should be aware that they do not need to have a Solicitor to pursue a claim via the CICA scheme and they can, if they so wish make an application to the scheme directly via the CICA website. If they pursue a claim in such a manner, they will not have to pay a % of any compensation settlement to a Solicitor.
However, many claimants prefer the peace of mind afforded to them by having a specialist Solicitor act for them. Our Solicitors are able to assist with such claims and would handle them on the basis that no costs would be payable should the claim fail (subject to no cancellation, withdrawal from claim or provision of false and misleading information) and that a fee of 25% of any compensation settlement awarded to the claimant by the CICA would be deducted by the acting Solicitor.
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.