What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?

In this article, we’re going to look at when you could claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is an executive agency that operates a scheme that allows victims of violent crimes to seek damages for their injuries.

Importantly, this could include a claim for psychological damage as well as physical injury. During our article, we’ll explain the eligibility criteria for claiming through the CICA. Also, we’ll look at what crimes could lead to a claim and how much compensation you could be awarded.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority guide

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority guide

While claiming compensation might not be something you think of at the time of the incident, it can play an important role in helping you get back. You may wish to claim if you’ve sustained a head injury, a broken foot, suffered nerve damage or sustained any other injury caused by a criminal. We’re here to help if you do decide to take action.

Our specialist advisors offer a free consultation to discuss your options. They’ll provide legal advice about your claim during the call. If your claim appears to have strong grounds, we could also connect you with one of the personal injury solicitors on our panel.

They also provide a No Win No Fee service. That means no upfront solicitor’s fees and there’s nothing to pay if your claim is unsuccessful.

To begin the claims process right away, please get in touch with our team on 0800 408 7825 today. To learn more about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority before calling, please read on.

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What Claims Are Handled By The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?

The CICA scheme will consider claims for physical or mental injuries caused by violent crime. A “violent crime” is defined within the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

It is important to note that claiming through the CICA scheme is different to making a personal injury claim. The CICA scheme has its own criteria, including:

  • You must have told the police about your crime (and have a crime reference number).
  • You must have cooperated with the police in their enquiries.
  • There is a 2-year time limit for claiming (whereas personal injury claims usually have 3 years).
  • The incident must have happened in England, Wales or Scotland (or another relevant place).

The scheme does allow claims to be made after the 2-year limitation period in exceptional circumstances. You will need to prove that extenuating circumstances stopped you from reporting the incident or claiming within the time limit. You’ll also need to provide enough additional information that a claims officer won’t need to undertake extensive additional

If you’ve lost a loved one because of a violent crime, you could also claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. If you’ve been injured because of criminal activity and would like to claim, please call today.

What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme sets out when compensation could be paid to victims of violent crimes. It sets the eligibility criteria and compensation amounts paid for different types of injuries.

Importantly, you could claim through the scheme even if the criminal hasn’t been:

  • Caught or identified.
  • Charged by the police.
  • Found guilty in court.

What Responsibility Does The CICA Have For This Scheme?

The CICA are responsible for assessing claims and paying compensation. Their case officers review any claims by applying the rules of the scheme. Their priorities include:

  • To provide an accessible service where victims are treated with compassion, fairness and sensitivity.
  • Process claims as accurately and efficiently as possible.

If you’d like our help to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, please call today. You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.

How Are CICA Customers Protected?

The CICA has published a Customer Charter. It sets out your rights if you claim through the scheme. They include:

  • A fair decision. This will be based on any evidence you provide as well as information from the police. Officers may also ask for a medical report to help prove your injuries.
  • Efficient service. To do this, the CICA will only contact you to a) request relevant information or b) because they’ve reached a decision.
  • Be respectful. CICA officers will be courteous, respectful and treat you as an individual. They also won’t ask you to provide more evidence than necessary to support your claim.

If you decide to claim through the CICA, our panel of solicitors could help make the process easier. They’ll use their skills and experience to ensure your claim is filed correctly and get you the outcome you deserve from your case.

What Types Of Compensation Are Available Through The CICA?

Let’s now look at what compensation could be paid for by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. You could claim for:

  • Injuries sustained during a violent crime (both mental and physical).
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Fatalities caused by criminal activity. These could include funeral payments, financial dependency claims and bereavement payments.

As well as claiming for your injuries, the CICA will consider claims for ‘special expenses’. These could be requested to recover any costs you have incurred because of your injuries.

Special expenses could include:

  • The cost of replacing any physical aids that were damaged during the crime.
  • Paying for the cost of mobility aids to help with your injuries. For example, if you’ve broken your hip, the scheme could cover the cost of a zimmer frame or walking stick.
  • The cost of home adaptations if they will help you cope with your injuries.
  • Some care costs. For example, you could claim back the cost of care related to food preparation if you cannot do this yourself.

You can only claim special expenses for items that cannot be obtained for free elsewhere. As a result, you may need to check whether benefit payments or the NHS could cover your needs. Importantly, special expenses can only be claimed when your injuries have prevented you from working for more than 28 weeks.

Most special expenses will be backdated to the date of the incident. However, if you’re claiming loss of earnings, you will only be compensated from week 29 onwards.

If your claim is accepted by a solicitor from our panel, they’ll work with you to fully understand how your injuries have affected you. By doing so, they’ll be able to make sure that nothing is missed from your claim.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Compensation Calculator

In this section, we’ve added a table that shows potential compensation figures for a number of different injuries. These amounts come from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority tariff of injuries.

Criminal InjurySettlement AmountDetails
Jaw£3,500Where a dislocated jaw causes continuing significant disability.
Skull£4,600Depressed skull fractures requiring an operation.
Arm£44,000Where there is paralysis or loss of function that equates to paralysis the dominant arm.
Finger£6,200 Partial loss of the thumb and index finger on one hand.
Shoulder£3,500Covers a dislocated shoulder that causes continuing disability.
Back£11,000A permanently strained back that is seriously disabling.
Pelvis£2,400A fractured pelvis where there has been substantial recovery.
Foot£1,800Fractured metatarsal bones in one foot.
Leg£44,000An above the knee amputation of one leg.
Mental Injury£13,500A disabling mental injury that’s lasted 5 years or more but will not be permanent.

It’s important to note that the amount paid by CICA will vary from case to case. If you’ve suffered multiple injuries, a multiple injury formula will be used to determine your compensation payout. If your claim is successful, you’ll receive 100% of the tariff for the injury with the highest value. Then you’ll get 30% for the next most serious and 15% for the injury with the third-highest value.

Some injuries are not subject to this formula. For instance, if you lose a foetus, become pregnant or contract an STI, you’ll be awarded compensation from a different tariff. You will be awarded 100% of the tariff amount, even if you’ve sustained multiple injuries.

If you’d like more information on the amount that you could receive as part of your claim, why not get in touch today? You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to represent you.

Talk To Us About Making Your No Win No Fee Claim

If you do wish to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, one of the personal injury lawyers on our panel could help. They won’t ask you to pay upfront, though, because they’ll work on a No Win No Fee basis. As a result, you’ll probably find the claims process a lot less stressful.

If your case is won, you’ll pay up to 25% of your compensation as a success fee. If the case doesn’t work out, you won’t have to pay the success fee.

To find out if we could help you make a criminal injury claim, please:

  • Call us on 0800 408 7825 to speak with an advisor.
  • Ask for advice in live chat.
  • Contact us online to request a call back from a specialist.

CICA Claim Resources

Victim Support – An organisation that offers to help anybody that’s been affected by crime.

How To Report A Crime – Advice on the different ways you can tell the police about a crime.

Ministry Of Justice – The government department that sponsors the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

PTSD Claims – Advice on claiming compensation through the CICA scheme related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Claim For Assault – This article looks at when you could claim for injuries sustained during an assault.

Sexual Assault Claims – This article looks at how to claim compensation through the CICA scheme for injuries caused by sexual assault or rape.

Thank you for reading about how to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Guide by RA

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