This is our guide on how criminal injury lawyers could help you make a claim. Victims of violent crime can be awarded compensation for their injuries. However, a criminal injury claim can be confusing if you aren’t aware of the procedures involved. This article has been put together to aid you in having a better understanding.
A criminal injury solicitor could help you even further. The lawyers on our panel have made many claims like this in the past. They could work with you on a No Win No Fee basis.
We have avoided using legal jargon in this guide. Therefore, it should be easier for you to digest. However, get in touch if you have any questions. No issue is too small. We are here to help. Once we know more about your claim, we could put you in touch with one of the expert criminal injury lawyers on our panel.
You can get in touch with us at any point for more information and advice.
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- How To Find Criminal Injury Lawyers
- What Fees Do Criminal Injury Lawyers Charge?
- Check What Types Of Claim Solicitors Handle?
- When Do I Need A Criminal Injury Lawyer?
- Calculating Criminal Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Agreements And The Criminal Victims’ Compensation Scheme
Certain solicitors can specialise in certain kinds of claims. For example, a lawyer may focus primarily on claims regarding accidents in the workplace. If they were to assist you in making a criminal injury claim, they might not be as familiar with the laws and procedures that need to be followed.
Criminal injury lawyers handle claims involving violent crime on a regular basis. Therefore, they are a more suitable option to assist you in making a criminal injury compensation claim. Additionally, your lawyer does not necessarily need to be located near you. They can assist remotely using things like phone calls and emails.
Hiring the right law firm is more important than where they are physically based. Get in touch with our team of advisors today to see if we can help you.
When you make a claim for compensation with a criminal injury lawyer on our panel, you might be offered a No Win No Fee agreement. This is a contract that sets out the conditions that need to be met before your solicitor requests payment.
If your claim is not successful, you won’t be asked to pay your solicitor at all. A small, legally-capped percentage of your compensation is deducted in the event of a successful claim.
Speak to our advisors today to discuss to possibility of funding legal representation on this basis. You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
There is more than one kind of crime that can cause injuries. An experienced solicitor in this field will have handled a vast array of cases involving injuries sustained in violent crimes.
Some examples of claims that experienced criminal injury lawyers will be able to handle include:
- Physical assault. This could result in injuries such as lacerations and scarring.
- Sexual abuse. This can include historic sexual abuse.
This list is not exhaustive. For more information on the violent crimes that you could claim for, get in touch with our team today.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime, you could be entitled to compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government-funded agency that rewards compensation to those who have been injured due to a violent crime.
This process differs from that of making a claim for a road traffic accident, for example. However, a criminal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through the process.
You will also need to present some evidence to prove that you are telling the truth regarding how your injury was sustained. A solicitor can help you collect the evidence you need to strengthen your claim. If you cannot prove that on the “balance of probabilities”, that you are being truthful, the CICA could reject your claim.
Criminal injury lawyers have the experience required to help. They can give you advice on how best to proceed with the initial claim as well as how to navigate the appeals process if necessary.
The way in which compensation for criminal injuries is unique when compared with claims in other areas of law. This is because the CICA has its own tariff as outlined in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. The tariff has a list of injuries with an assigned monetary value.
You can claim for more than one injury. However, only the injury with the highest value is paid to you in full. The second and third most valuable injuries will then be added on and paid to you at a rate of 30% and 15%, respectively. You cannot be awarded for more than 3 injuries from this tariff.
We have included some example figures from the CICA tariff in the table below. This way, you can see how much certain injuries can be worth in compensation.
Awarded For Description Amount
Mental injury Disabling - must be confirmed by the diagnosis of a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist - lasting between 2-5 years £6,200
Mental Injury Permanent and seriously disabling - also must be confirmed by a professional £27,000
Neck burns Moderate £2,400
Neck burns Severe £16,500
Facial scarring Serious disfigurement £11,000
Brain damage Minor head injury - minimal, if any and lasting 28 weeks or more £1,500
Deafness Partial but permanent - some useful hearing remains, possibly with a hearing aid in both ears £6,200
Ear injury Partial loss of ear(s) £2,400
Sexual assault Minor physical sexual act(s) over clothing without penetration £1,000
Sexual assault A single incident of non-consensual penile penetration of the mouth, anus, or vagina £11,000
The CICA also has a separate tariff for victims suffering from certain other injuries. If, as a result of the incident, you have lost a foetus, contracted an STI, or become pregnant, then you could be awarded an additional payment that isn’t subject to the multiple injury reduction formula.
In addition to the compensation for your injuries, you could also be awarded a figure known as special expenses. This can be a little more restrictive. These costs must be reasonable, necessary and incurred as a result of your injuries.
You are only eligible to apply for this if you have been unable to work for 28 weeks or longer. Many special expenses will be backdated to the date of the incident. However, if you are claiming back a loss of earnings, then this will only be paid from the 29th week onwards.
For more information, get in touch with our advisors today. You could be connected with one of the criminal injury lawyers from our panel.
As mentioned earlier, the criminal injury lawyers on our panel work on a No Win No Fee basis. This can reduce the financial risk that making a claim can pose you.
You can still make a claim without legal assistance. However, if you are unfamiliar with the process, having an expert criminal injury lawyer by your side could help you have a better understanding of what you can do to improve your chances of success.
Get in touch with us today. Criminal injury claims will generally have a 2-year time limit placed on them. While there are exceptions, it’s a good idea to get the claims process started as soon as possible.
Learn More About This Subject
We have also included some links to additional reading material that you may find useful and informative when looking for criminal injury lawyers.
- The NHS has more information on help after rape and sexual assault.
- You can report a crime on the police.uk website.
- You can contact the Survivor’s Trust for additional support if you are a rape survivor.
- This guide of ours focuses on acid attack claims.
- What are the indicators of sexual abuse?
- Look into the help and compensation available for rape victims.
Thank you for reading our guide on criminal injury lawyers.
Article by AI