By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 9th May 2022. In this guide, we will look at some examples of Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) payouts. If you’ve been injured in a violent crime, you might think that there is no channel through which you can claim compensation. However, this is not the case.
There are compensation options for people who experienced violent crime and a government-funded organisation called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) could help. In our article, we discuss how you could make a claim through the CICA.
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Otherwise, read on for more information on how much you could receive in a claim through the CICA.
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If you have been the victim of a serious crime such as assault or rape, this can cause physical repercussions that impact your quality of life. For example, you might have experienced a broken cheekbone or a dental injury as a result of the attack. You might even be left with lasting, permanent scarring that affects your appearance.
Furthermore, you could experience severe psychological repercussions after a violent crime. You might experience anxiety or stress when you’re in similar environments to the one where the incident happened. In some cases, you might suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result
You may be able to pursue a claim for compensation against the perpetrator directly. However, in order for this to apply, you would need to know who the perpetrator of the crime is.
The perpetrator of the crime would also need to have the funds available to pay you compensation. If they don’t, then you could be entitled to claim through the CICA.
However, you .might have some questions. For instance, you might be asking ‘how much compensation will I get from the CICA?” and “should I accept the first offer from the CICA?”. If so, we can help.
At Public Interest Lawyers we aim to offer you the necessary advice so that you feel confident in pursuing the compensation you’re entitled to. By arming you with the facts and showing examples of CICA payouts, we hope to give you the information you need.
The short answer to the question ‘can I get compensation if I was attacked?’ is yes. However, there are criteria that you must fulfil and be eligible for. You must have sustained an injury as a result of a crime of violence.
You may also be able to claim if you witnessed a loved one die as a result of a violent crime. However, you would need to have seen the incident occur or witnessed the immediate aftermath. You would not be able to claim compensation for mental injury caused by being told about the incident after the fact.
You may also be able to claim a dependency payment if you’re closely related to someone who died as a result of a violent crime. To do so, you would need to be classed as a “qualifying relative”. This can be:
- A spouse/civil partner who lived in the same household as the deceased.
- A partner of the deceased (not a spouse or civil partner) who lived in the same house as them and did so for at least 2 years prior to their passing.
- A spouse, civil partner or partner who did not live with the deceased because of ill health.
- A spouse/civil partner, or former spouse or civil partner, who depended on the deceased financially.
- A parent of the deceased.
- A child of the deceased.
You could also claim back compensation related to paying for a funeral for the deceased. The total value of a funeral payment will not be more than £5,000.
In order to claim compensation, the incident must have happened in England, Scotland, Wales or another “relevant place”. Information on what is classed as a “relevant place” can be found in Annex C of the CICA Scheme.
In order to claim compensation, you need to have been injured as a result of a crime of violence. This doesn’t just include physical injuries; mental injuries can be compensated for, too.
According to the CICA Scheme, a “crime of violence” could include:
- A physical attack;
- An act or omission of a violent nature that causes someone to be physically injured;
- A threat against someone that leads them to become fearful of immediate violence;
- Sexual assault or rape; or
In order to claim compensation through the CICA, you need to have reported the incident to the police. This should be done as soon as possible after the incident. Usually, it would be expected that you do so immediately, but if exceptional circumstances have stopped this from happening then this can be considered.
Below, we’ve included some offences outlined by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that you may be able to make a claim through the CICA for:
- Assault- Where someone intentionally acts in a way that causes another person to suffer or apprehend immediate unlawful violence. This can include being assaulted by battery, where someone administers intentional or reckless unlawful force on another person
- Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)- Where someone has caused harm to a person’s body through the intentional application of unlawful force.
- Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)- As above, this occurs where someone has caused harm to a person’s body through the intentional application of unlawful force. However, the injuries will usually be more severe than in GBH.
As we have already mentioned, it’s really important that you report the incident to the police as soon as possible to generate a police report. If you fail to do this, you may not be successful in claiming compensation for your injuries.
It’s also important that you provide evidence as to how your injuries have affected you. For instance, you may provide medical records to show that you have been diagnosed with a particular condition or injury. Furthermore, a medical assessment can also be arranged as part of your claim. The report from this assessment can be used to value your claim.
If you’re claiming “special expenses”, which is money to cover certain financial costs incurred by your accident, you will be asked to provide proof that these costs are necessary, reasonable and directly caused by the incident. You’ll also need to show that you cannot get these special expenses elsewhere for free.
You might also be asked to provide other evidence if you’re including other costs and expenses as part of your claim. For example, you can claim for loss of earnings, but you will need to show that:
- You were off work for at least 28 full weeks following the incident (you will not be compensated for the first 28 weeks); and
- You have an established work history of at least 3 years or a good reason for not having this history.
If you’d like to know more, why not speak with one of our advisors today? They can offer you free legal advice. Otherwise,
Below, we have included some compensation values as outlined in the CICA scheme.
|Category||Injury||Description/Severity||CICA Tariff Amount|
|Head & Neck||Brain Damage||Moderate Brain Damage – The injured person will have some dependence on others. Symptoms are significant and include intellectual deficit, personality change and some effect on the senses. Ability to work has been reduced.||82000|
|Head & Neck||Brain Damage||Minor Brain Damage – The symptoms experienced are moderate but also temporary. A good recovery should be achieved in the medium term (between 6 months and about 2 years).||16500|
|Head & Neck||Eye Injuries||Loss of sight in one eye.||22000|
|Head & Neck||Eye Injuries||Dislocation of lens in both eyes.||13500|
|Head & Neck||Face Injuries||Multiple fractures to the jawbone (one or more of the mandible/maxilla).||11000|
|Head & Neck||Face Injuries||A single fracture to the jawbone. No operation required but injured person will have continuing significant disability.||3500|
|Torso||Burns||Moderate symptoms (excluding any minor burns).||2400|
|General||Mental Injury||A seriously disabling disorder which is not permanent but lasts for 28 weeks or more.||6200|
|General||Mental Injury||A moderately disabling disorder which is not permanent but lasts for 28 weeks or more.||1500|
As well as the compensation for your injuries, you could also receive compensation for the costs incurred as a result of your injuries. As we’ve already mentioned, this is referred to as “special expenses”.
Special expenses can include things like:
- The cost of care arising on the NHS (if this is not available elsewhere for free)
- Necessary equipment (such as physical aids)
- The cost of care relating to your bodily functions
However, you will need to provide evidence of these costs and prove that they aren’t available elsewhere for free or at a reduced cost.
I Made a Claim Through the CICA. Should I Accept The First Offer?
CICA payouts are based on factors such as the extent of your injury, the length of the recovery time and if any permanent health issues were caused. As mentioned above, should your claim be successful, the CICA calculate the criminal injuries compensation through their tariff outlined in The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.
Ultimately, as every claim is unique, we’re unable to confirm if you should accept the first offer supplied by the CICA. However, if you feel that the amount of compensation offered to you is too low, there is a procedure you can follow.
You can fill out an appeal form if you disagree with the amount offered. To submit your appeal, you would need to fill out that form and provide the decision letter from the CICA along with any supporting documents. The tribunal can:
- Uphold the CICA’s decision, meaning that you would receive the amount of CICA compensation they originally offered.
- Reduce or increase the award from what you were originally offered.
- Completely remove the award so you receive no compensation at all.
- Request that the CICA re-evaluate the case.
To learn more about the claims process and to see if you’re eligible to claim, please contact us for free legal advice using the above details.
We hope that you’ve found this guide useful. If you’d like to be connected with a solicitor from our panel today, get in touch. You could be represented on a No Win No Fee basis.
This means that:
- Your solicitor won’t ask you to pay anything upfront or while your claim is ongoing
- If your claim isn’t successful, there won’t be anything for you to pay your solicitor
- If your claim is successful, a legally capped “success fee” will be deducted from your compensation.
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Thank you for reading this guide on examples of CICA payouts. We hope it has offered support and clarity in your search for compensation. In addition to serious assault claims, at Public Interest Lawyers we can help with:
- Claiming for PTSD caused by assault
- More information about working with a personal injury lawyer
- How to sue someone for breaking your nose
- Domestic abuse– CPS
- Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)– a government guide
- Reporting a crime to the police
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
- Criminal injury solicitors
- Grievous bodily harm compensation
- Pursuing claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976
Thank you for reading our guides looking at examples of CICA payouts.
Article by EA
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