Criminal injuries compensation authority

This is a government organisation which exists to help and support people who have been the victim of a criminal assault. If you have sustained a physical or psychological injury as a result of a violent act then you may be able to claim compensation.

Their website is: www.cica.org.uk

They use a set of criteria to determine your eligibility for a compensation award. These guidelines are called the ‘Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme’ and determine the amount that can be paid out for a compensation claim.

(Source: Criminal injuries compensation authority)

What can you claim for?

There are four categories of compensation which you can claim for which include:

  • Compensation for personal injury/injuries as a result of a criminal act.
  • Compensation for the injury to or loss of a loved one as a result of a criminal act.
  • Compensation for your loss of earnings
  • Compensation for special expenses

Compensation for a personal injury is known as a ‘tariff award’. You can also be compensated for expenses and loss of earnings but only if you are eligible for the tariff award.

(Source: Criminal injuries compensation authority)

How do you apply?

Their website is a good starting point. They have an online application form for people to complete plus information and advice about doing so.

Other alternatives include by post or through Victims Support (www.victimsupport.org.uk).

How is your claim dealt with?

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) will provide you with a reference number. They will obtain information related to your claim from the police, GP/hospital and any other relevant bodies.

They will keep you updated of the progress of your claim.

This can be a long process so be prepared to wait for a year or even longer. They will inform you in writing of their decision. If you are successful then you will receive a single compensation payment.

If you are refused an award and wish to appeal against this then you can do so through the independent ‘Tribunals Service: Criminal Injuries Compensation’.

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