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Suffering a criminal injury as a result of an assault or violent crime is a very distressing experience.
It can leave you feeling vulnerable, with physical injuries as well as psychological trauma to recover from.
If you or a family member has suffered a criminal injury, you may be able to make a criminal assault compensation claim.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors are experts in helping people claim maximum compensation for criminal injuries. They have helped many clients claim compensation either against the person (or persons) to blame for their injury or through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government body that operates a compensation scheme for the victims of violent crime.
They have helped individuals of all ages claim for injuries such as:
We know that being seriously injured can be a devastating experience, affecting you mentally as well as physically. Our team will help you access the best possible treatments, rehabilitation and support. We work with the highest calibre teams, including nationally-renowned medical experts and specialist barristers, to get the best results for our clients.
A criminal injury is an injury that has occurred as a result of a violent crime e.g. in the home or in a private or public place.
A criminal assault is an assault for which the attacker may be criminally prosecuted. An assault is an act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted contact upon a person, or the threat to do so.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-funded compensation scheme for people who are innocent victims of criminal violence in the UK. Our expert solicitors will work with the CICA on your behalf to secure the best possible compensation available.
Yes, you may be able to claim if you were under the influence of alcohol. This is because there may be other factors involved that led to your criminal assault and injury. Our specialist criminal injury solicitors are highly experienced at handling complicated criminal injury claims and will be able to advise you on the details of your case.
Any victim of a violent crime may be able to claim compensation. They may also be able to claim on behalf of someone else if that person is under 18, lacks the mental capacity to make their own legal decisions or has died as a result of a violent crime.
Yes, you can claim compensation through the CICA scheme even if your assailant was never caught.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re not sure who was responsible for your assault and you’re submitting an application for compensation from the CICA, your compensation will be limited by the CICA scheme.
If you’re claiming against the person(s) or business that is responsible for your assault — known as a civil lawsuit — the compensation you receive depends on the severity of the injuries you’ve suffered and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings.
Our criminal injury team are experts at securing the maximum compensation, whether you’re applying for compensation via the CICA or pursuing a civil claim. They will listen to the details of your assault and advise you on the best claim to pursue.
We know the thought of talking to a personal injury solicitor about making a criminal injury compensation claim can be daunting. But it could be the first step you take on the road to recovery and to a more financially stable future.
If you or a loved one has suffered a criminal injury, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. You can still make a claim even if your assailant was not caught.
Here is what you need to know:
If you are making a civil claim and the person(s) to blame accept liability, we should be able settle your case out of court. However, if no agreement is reached, we may have to go to court and a judge will decide the outcome. Even if your case goes to court, many serious criminal injury claims settle before the trial begins. If court proceedings start, our expert personal injury team will be with you every step of the way and will work hard to get you maximum compensation for your claim.
If you are submitting an application to the CICA, our expert team of solicitors will manage every aspect of your application on your behalf and courts will never be involved.
We will keep you updated throughout the compensation process and explain everything that’s happening. We have many years of experience helping people in complex, high value criminal injury compensation claims and have secured tens of millions of pounds of damages for our clients.
Yes. The general rule is that you have two years from the date of the assault or the date when you realised your assault may have been caused by someone else negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18, they can bring a claim in their own right but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until they are 21 to do so.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist personal injury team as soon as possible for expert advice.
There are no upfront or hidden costs when you make a compensation claim with Novum Law. Our advice is free, and your specialist criminal injury solicitor will help you on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means you won’t have to pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful. If you’re claiming against the person(s) or business responsible for your assault — known as a civil claim — and your claim is successful, you’ll pay some legal costs from your compensation. The basis for this is agreed upon between you and your solicitor before you start your claim and you will be kept regularly updated. Find out more about ‘no win, no fee’ claims.
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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.
Why choose us?
As expert solicitors focusing on serious personal injury and medical negligence, you can trust us to get the best results for you and your family.
We understand what you are going through, and we will be there for you every step of the way throughout your claim and beyond.
Our No Win No Fee guarantee means you can make a risk-free compensation claim with no legal costs or charges if your claim is unsuccessful.
Specialist rehabilitation, medical care and support can make a huge difference in your life. We work with the best providers to get the treatment you need.
The professionalism with which you have handled my claim put my mind at ease and was less stressful than I could have imagined.
Going with Novum Law was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Novum won the case for me, and helped me get my life back together
I would have no hesitation in recommending Novum Law and your services.
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