Criminal injury

If you have been the victim of a criminal act of violence and have suffered injury, then you may be entitled to compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

There are a number of criteria which the CICA will consider before making an award of compensation. You may be eligible for compensation if you have been injured seriously enough to qualify for at least the minimum award which is currently £1,000.00. In addition, you must be injured in an act of violence in England, Scotland or Wales. However, an offender does not necessarily have to have been convicted of, or even charged with that crime.

There is a strict two year time limit within which your application must normally be submitted. However, the CICA may accept an application outside the time limit if exceptional circumstances prevented you from submitting an application earlier.

The CICA will not make an award for compensation if the crime for which you are seeking an award has not been reported to the Police. The CICA may also refuse or reduce an award of compensation because of:

  • your behaviour before, during or after the incident in which you were injured
  • your criminal record
  • your failure to co-operate with the Police or the CICA
  • your delay in informing the Police. 

Advantages to Using a Solicitor

You can pursue your own claim for compensation to be paid by the CICA. You are not required to use a Solicitor. If you do use a Solicitor, then the CICA will not pay your legal costs even if your application is successful. However, there are advantages in having the help of a Solicitor in making a claim against the CICA, especially if you have suffered serious or complex injuries.

At Poole Alcock our personal injury team have many years experience in representing victims of a criminal act of violence and successfully recovering compensation from the CICA. We have represented claimants in a wide range of injury including physical and psychological injury caused by sexual abuse.

We will manage the claim on your behalf and advise on all relevant issues including the appropriate level of an award. If an award of compensation is made by the CICA, then we will advise you on the merits of acceptance and whether or not this is at the correct level. We have represented claimants where a initial award has been increased by thousands of pounds by reason of our involvement and ensuring that all appropriate injuries are considered by the CICA when making an award.

In serious injuries, it may be necessary to gather evidence in support of financial losses including loss of earnings, care and assistance. We will advise you as to the appropriate items of claim and level of compensation.

Time Limit

There is a strict two year time limit within which your application must normally be submitted. However, the CICA may accept an application outside the time limit if exceptional circumstances prevented you from submitting an application earlier.

If you have any questions as to whether or not your claim may be out of time, then please do not hesitate to give us a call. It is essential you seek legal advice as soon as possible to prevent your claim being out of time.

Funding your claim

If your claim has reasonable prospects of success, then we will be happy to act for you. The CICA does not pay legal fees even if the application is successful. If you would like our help in making a claim for compensation against the CICA, then we will be happy to explain how we may work for you and the costs involved to ensure that you have all relevant information and your claim does not become uneconomic.

Free Consultation

We will be happy to help and to provide free initial advice.

There is no obligation to make a claim – you decide whether or not you wish to go ahead.

Poole Alcock’s personal injury department in Cheshire is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and our expert Solicitors include members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and APIL Senior Litigators.

Follow us on:

01270 361 292

Poole Alcock is a Limited Liability Partnership and are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Registered in England and Wales at: 238-246 Edleston Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7EH. Telephone: 01270 256665. LLP registration number 0C310420 Poole Alcock LLP has offices in Alsager (SRA No: 408249)0, Chester (SRA No: 408251), Congleton (SRA No: 408248), Crewe (SRA No: 408247), Nantwich (SRA No: 408250) and Sandbach (SRA No: 408252)A full list of Partners of Poole Alcock LLP is available for inspection at any of our offices. All solicitors are subject to rules and principles of professional conduct. The relevant codes can be found at� http://www.sra.org.uk/home/home.page.