Within this guide, we will discuss when you could be eligible to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for compensation for a broken jaw after an assault. The CICA are a government body that awards compensation to those who have been injured in a violent crime in Great Britain. We discuss the criteria for claiming through the CICA, the time limits that must be adhered to, and the evidence you may need to provide.
Additionally, we will discuss how your injuries will be valued and what your compensation payout could consist of after a successful claim.
Furthermore, we will share some of the benefits of making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
Get in touch with our team of advisors to discuss your claim today. They can offer you free advice and answer your questions. They can be reached by:
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- Can You Claim Compensation For A Broken Jaw After An Assault?
- Is There A Time Limit When Making A Broken Jaw Claim Through The CICA?
- What Do You Need To Be Eligible To Claim CICA Compensation?
- Calculating Criminal Injury Compensation Payouts
- Claim Compensation For A Broken Jaw After An Assault On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Learn More About Making A Criminal Injury Claim
A broken jaw could affect you in many ways, including your ability to eat and drink. You may be wondering how to sue someone for assault if you have suffered a broken jaw in a violent crime. There are different avenues available for pursuing compensation for a criminal injury. Firstly, it may be possible to claim against the perpetrator directly if they have the funds to pay compensation and their identity has been revealed. Secondly, if a vicariously liable third party breached the duty of care they owed you, causing you to suffer a broken jaw in an assault, you could claim against them.
If neither of these avenues are viable, you might be able to claim criminal injury compensation through the CICA if you can satisfy their eligibility requirements. These are:
- You must have been injured in a crime of violence. The CICA have their own definition of this which includes a physical attack.
- A report of the incident must have been made to the police.
- The incident must have occurred in England, Wales, Scotland or another relevant place, such as a boat registered to one of these countries.
- Your claim must be started within the relevant time limit. We will discuss this in more depth in a later section.
Please keep in mind the CICA is intended as a last resort and if you have the means to pursue compensation another way, you should do so.
To see whether you may be eligible to make a criminal injury claim for compensation for a broken jaw after an assault through the CICA, you can contact our advisory team.
If you are eligible to make a criminal injury claim through the CICA, you may also be wondering, ‘How long do I have to claim criminal injury compensation?‘.
Generally, you will have 2 years to begin proceedings from the date of the incident. Exceptions can be made to this 2-year time limit in which you have to begin your claim, but you will need to prove that you were unable to start your claim within this timeframe due to exceptional circumstances.
If you were under the age of 18 when the incident occurred, the time limits that apply to you are as follows:
- If you reported the incident to the police before your 18th birthday, you will have 2 years to start proceedings from your 18th birthday.
- If you reported the incident to the police on or after your 18th birthday, you will have 2 years to begin proceedings from the date that you report the incident to them.
You are also expected to make a report to the police right away unless you can prove that you were unable to due to exceptional circumstances. However, the report still needs to be made in order for a claim to be made through the CICA.
If you have any questions regarding the time limits for criminal injuries compensation claims, you can contact an advisor today.
You need to provide certain documents when making a claim through the CICA. For example, the CICA might ask for:
- Evidence that you meet the residency requirements.
- The police reference number that was given to you when you reported the incident to the police.
- Medical evidence regarding your criminal injuries to determine whether they can be compensated for via the CICA.
Additionally, it is important to note that the CICA will be able to liase with the police for any additional information they require regarding the incident.
You can contact a friendly member of our advisory team to discuss your potential criminal injury claim and receive free advice about seeking compensation for a broken jaw after an assault.
If you make a successful criminal injury claim through the CICA, you will be awarded compensation for your injuries.
Your injury will be valued against the tariff of injuries found within the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. These are set figures, meaning you will be awarded the exact amount listed that correlates to your injury.
Additionally, you can claim for up to three injuries when making a criminal injury claim through the CICA. Under the multiple injury formula, you would receive the full tariff for the injury with the highest value, followed by 30% of the tariff for the next or equally valued injury and 15% of the tariff for the third or equally valued injury.
The figures in the guide are from the CICA tariff, with the exception of the first entry.
|Multiple Serious Injuries and Financial Losses
|Up to £500,000
|You could receive a payout comprising compensation for several serious injuries as well as a payment for special expenses and lost income.
|There is no useful physical movement, a significant effect on the senses, and minimal or no response to the environment that is meaningful, poor language function and the need for full-time nursing care.
|There is serious physical or mental disablement where the person requires substantial dependence on others.
|For example, Le Fort fractures types 2 and 3.
|Fractured Jaw Bone
|Where an operation is required and leaves continuing significant disability.
|Fractured Jaw Bone
|With no operation undertaken but leaving continuing significant disability.
|Fractured Jaw Bone
|Where an operation is required but a substantial recovery takes place
|Fractured Jaw Bone
|With no operation undertaken and a substantial recovery taking place.
|A clicking jaw that is permanent.
|A dislocated jaw resulting in a continuing significant disability.
Claiming Compensation For Financial Losses After An Assault
Your settlement could also include a payment for special expenses which are costs that you have incurred as a result of your injury. For example:
- The cost of adaptations needed for your home, such as installing a stair lift.
- Cost of care relating to preparing food and your bodily functions.
- Equipment damaged in the incident that you relied upon as a physical aid, such as your glasses.
- Equipment you need to cope with your injuries, such as walking aids.
You will need to prove that all of these costs directly resulted from your injuries and that they are reasonable and necessary. You must also be able to demonstrate that they are not available for free elsewhere. There are also other criteria that apply.
Furthermore, you may also be able to receive a loss of earnings payment if you were unable to work because of your injury. However, similar to special expenses, certain eligibility criteria must be met in order to qualify for this payment.
To find out more about claiming compensation for a broken jaw after an assault and the criteria for special expenses and loss of earnings, contact our advisors.
One of the criminal injury solicitors on our panel may be able to assist you with claiming compensation for a broken jaw after an assault. Additionally, the solicitors on our panel generally offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement. Some of the benefits of pursuing a claim with a solicitor under this agreement typically include:
- No upfront costs to pay for them to begin working on your case.
- As your claim progresses, you won’t have to pay them any fees for the work they do.
- If you are not awarded compensation following an unsuccessful claim, you will not have to pay for your solicitor’s services.
However, should they be successful with your claim and you are awarded compensation, they will deduct a small percentage from this as their success fee. There is a legal cap in place restricting the percentage they can take, however.
Contact our team of advisors now to see if you could be eligible to work with one of the solicitors on our panel. You can get in touch with our advisors today by:
- Calling us on 0800 408 7825
- Contacting us online for a callback.
- Chatting with them via our live chat.
Additional criminal injury guides by us:
- Information regarding the criminal injury compensation scheme, and when you may have a valid criminal injury claim.
- Information regarding what is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and when you may be able to claim through them.
- Advice on how to find criminal injury lawyers and the benefits of working with one.
Further information and resources:
- Police.UK – Report a crime.
- NHS – Get medical help.
- The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – Offences against the Person, incorporating the Charging Standard.
For more advice about claiming compensation for a broken jaw after an assault through the CICA, you can contact our advisory team.