By Richie Billing. Last Updated 6th December 2023. that there is no channel through which you can claim compensation. However, this is not the case. In this guide, we look at how to make a claim, plus some examples of Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) compensation amounts and payouts.
So if you are reading this as someone who has been injured in a violent attack and would like to make a claim or if you’d like more information, our friendly advisors are on hand to help you. Simply get in touch via:
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- Or write to us about your criminal injury claim via our website
Otherwise, read on for more information on how much you could receive in a claim through the CICA.
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- CICA Compensation Amounts – How Is Compensation Calculated?
- Who Could Make A CICA Claim?
- Examples Of When You Could Claim A CICA Payout
- What Evidence Do You Need To Make A Criminal Injury Claim?
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- Learn More About CICA Compensation Amounts And Making A Claim
Criminal compensation payouts that are awarded through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority are set out in the CICA Tariff of Injuries which can be found in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. If your criminal injury claim is successful, you are awarded the amount that correlates to your injury.
It’s also worth noting that CICA payouts can cover up to three injuries. For the highest-valued injury, you will recover 100% of the compensation amount. However, for the second and third highest-valued injuries, you will receive 30% and 15%, respectively.
Examples of CICA payouts for domestic violence or assault injuries can be found in the table below. Take note that the first entry in this table is an estimated figure that is not based on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
|Category||Injury||Description/Severity||CICA Tariff Amount|
|Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Financial Expenses||Serious||You may receive compensation for multiple serious injuries plus a payment for any special expenses and lost income you're eligible to claim.||Up to £500,000|
|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.||£82,000|
|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).||£16,500|
|Head & Neck||Eye Injuries||Loss of sight in one eye.||£22,000|
|Head & Neck||Eye Injuries||Dislocation of lens in both eyes.||£13,500|
|Head & Neck||Face Injuries||Multiple fractures to the jawbone (one or more of the mandible/maxilla).||£11,000|
|Head & Neck||Face Injuries||A single fracture to the jawbone. No operation required but injured person will have continuing significant disability.||£3,500|
|Torso||Burns||Moderate symptoms (excluding any minor burns).||£2,400|
|General||Mental Injury||A seriously disabling disorder which is not permanent but lasts for 28 weeks or more.||£6,200|
|General||Mental Injury||A moderately disabling disorder which is not permanent but lasts for 28 weeks or more.||£1,500|
Please also note that there are other types of compensation that you can claim through the CICA. Continue reading to find out more. Alternatively, speak to our advisors to be connected with a specialist criminal injury solicitor from our panel.
What Is The Criminal Injury Compensation Tariff?
As part of your claim through the CICA, you may be expected to prove that you have pursued criminal injuries compensation through other means, such as a personal injury claim. If the person you are claiming compensation from can be identified and has the means to compensate you, you can pursue a personal injury claim instead of making a CICA claim.
If you can pursue a personal injury claim against your attacker, your compensation will not be calculated using the criminal injury compensation tariff. Instead, for your pain and suffering, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) will be used to aid calculations.
Additionally, when you make a personal injury claim against the attacker, you can claim the full value of each injury you suffered.
Call our advisors today to discuss whether you could pursue a personal injury claim instead.
What Else Do CICA Compensation Amounts Include?
CICA compensation amounts can be made up of more than just the figures above that relate to the physical or mental effects of the injury sustained. When making a criminal injury claim, you can also potentially receive compensation for special expenses. These relate to certain financial losses that you’ve incurred because of the injury.
To claim for special expenses, the criminal injury must be serious enough for you to have either lost earnings or lost the ability to earn for at least 28 full weeks. Examples of special expenses you could claim for include:
- Treatment costs through the NHS
- Equipment required to help with your injury. This can include physical aids, such as crutches or wheelchairs.
- Home adaptations. This can include a stairlift or ramp being installed.
To claim for this, you would need evidence (such as receipts or invoices) that clearly show the cost of the expenses. Furthermore, you would also need to prove that the costs were required, and the services were unable to be found for free or at a lower price.
To learn more about this, you can get in touch and our advisors can offer free legal advice on criminal injury claims. You can contact us at a time that suits you using the above details.
Now that we have provided you with some examples of CICA payouts for different injuries following a successful criminal injury claim, you may be wondering when you could make a claim through the CICA.
In order to be eligible to claim criminal injury compensation through the CICA, you must be able to meet the following criteria:
- You must have reported the incident to the poilce.
- The incident must have occurred in England, Scotland, Wales or another relevant place, such as a ship registered to Great Britain.
- You must have been injured in a crime of violence. The CICA Scheme provides some examples of incidents classes as a crime of violence. Example include an assault, arson, threat of an attack and sexual assault or other forms of sexual abuse.
- You must make your claim within the relevant time limits. We will share more information about this later in this guide.
To check the validity of your case, or to ask any further questions about CICA payouts, you can contact our advisors.
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, rape or other forms of sexual abuse;
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 criminal injuries will usually be more severe than in cases of ABH.
Claimants seeking CICA payouts should be aware that certain evidence will be needed to support their case. When starting your own CICA claim for criminal injuries, you’ll usually be asked to provide the following evidence:
- A police reference number. This is a requirement for making a CICA claim. It confirms to the CICA that you have reported the crime that injured you to the police. It also allows the CICA to gain information they may require for your case while communicating with the police.
- Evidence that you meet the residency requirements.
- Medical evidence that confirms the criminal injuries you’re claiming compensation for.
If you contact our advisors about your CICA claim, they may connect you with a lawyer from our panel who could help you with gathering evidence. Contact our team today to learn more about how we could assist with your claim. Our advisors can also discuss other matters, such as the criminal injuries compensation tariff or examples of CICA payouts.
Assault Compensation Payouts – Claim Time Limits
If you’ve been injured by an act that is deemed to be criminal, compensation payouts are generally awarded by the CICA. However, it may be possible in some cases to claim directly against your attacker. But you need to know who they are and they need to have the funds to compensate you for this to be possible. Due to this, this can be less common than making a CICA claim.
The way you make your claim affects how long you have to do so. When making a claim through the CICA, you typically have 2 years from the date of the incident. However, certain exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances.
With criminal injury claims made against a specific individual, the claim must typically be started within 3 years. However, as with CICA criminal injury claims, this time limit can be frozen for some groups.
To find out more about time limits and the criminal injury compensation tariff, get in touch with our advisors today.
If you have found our article on examples of CICA payouts helpful, you might be ready to take action and begin a CICA claim. Should you seek legal advice ahead of claiming through the criminal injury compensation tariff, our advisors can speak to you free of charge. You can get in touch at whatever time is best for you.
After a free consultation, you won’t be obligated to continue using our services. However, if you want to be connected to an expert criminal injury solicitor from our panel, our advisors could arrange this. With years of experience, the solicitors on our panel can cover all bases of your claim. Additionally, they could offer you a type of No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement.
Under this arrangement, you won’t have to pay your solicitor for their work if your claim is not successful. You’ll also typically receive the following benefits:
- No upfront fees
- Ongoing fees are covered
- No surprise charges
If your claim succeeds, you need only pay them a success fee. This comes directly from your compensation and is legally capped.
To find out more about working with our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors, speak to our advisors for free via the following methods:
- Call our 24/7 line on 0800 408 7825
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Thank you for reading this guide on examples of CICA compensation amounts and payouts. We hope it has offered support and clarity in your search for compensation. In addition to serious assault claims, our team at Public Interest Lawyers can provide assistance and resources on other aspects of criminal injury claims including:
- 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
Thank you for reading our guides looking at examples of CICA payouts and compensation amounts.