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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:
- Brain and head injuries for those who’ve lost the ability to live independently
- Child brain and head injuries, for those who’ve been seriously injured at a young age
- Spinal injuries such as paralysis
- Nerve injuries
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.
What is a criminal injury?
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.
What is a criminal assault?
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.
What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?
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.
Can I claim if I was drunk?
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.
Who can apply for criminal injury compensation?
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.
Can I claim even if the person who assaulted me wasn’t caught?
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:
- The first step is to get in touch with us. Call our specialist personal injury team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.
- We will ask you for the details about your assault and the extent of your injuries. Based on this information, we will assess your case and advise if your criminal injury claim has a chance of success. We can often help even if you’ve been turned down by other law firms.
- Once we’ve taken on your case on a No Win No Fee basis, we will investigate the incident and work out who was to blame. Using our team of experts we will liaise with the police and emergency services (if applicable) and interview witnesses and review any CCTV or photographs to understand exactly what happened and why.
- We might arrange for an independent medical professional to assess your criminal injury and advise what treatment, rehabilitation or care and support you need. This will help us to accurately calculate the level of compensation required.
- To support you during your claim, we can help secure interim payments so that you can access vital rehabilitation treatment, medical care and support. We work with leading rehabilitation specialists, case managers, physiotherapists and care providers to aid your recovery and make your daily life easier.
- After we’ve got all the evidence collected, we will either contact the contact the insurers of the person (or people) to blame for your assault. This is known as a Civil Claim. Alternatively, if you don’t know who was to blame for your assault, or if they were uninsured or incapable of personally compensating you for your injuries, we will submit an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme.
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 that are 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 between you and your solicitor before you start your claim and you will be kept regularly updated. If you are applying for compensation from the CICA, you will not have to pay any legal costs from your compensation. 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.