You may be able to claim compensation if you have suffered injuries as a result of a criminal offence.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a government organisation which provides compensation to individuals who have suffered as a result of a violent crime in England, Wales or Scotland.
Some of the most common types of criminal injuries are claims of child abuse, rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority handle up to 40,000 applications for compensation each year, paying out up to £200million to victims of violent crime.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority make compensation awards by following a set or rules known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. It sets out the conditions which must be met before any individual will be considered eligible for compensation. You may be eligible to make a claim if:
- You were injured in the last two years
- You were injured more than two years ago and there are exceptional circumstances why you could have been reasonably expected to bring the claim within the two year time period
- You were physically or psychiatrically injured as a result of a violent crime
- You were the dependant or close relative of a person who has died as a result of a violent crime
What compensation can you receive?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority make awards under a tariff scheme and such awards can include the physical injuries sustained and any psychological/psychiatric effects of the injury.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority may also make awards for loss of earnings (past and/or future) caused by the violence crime and any special expenses that you have incurred.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority can also make a financial award in respect of a close relative who has died as a result of a violent crime and such a financial award may compensate for the loss of earnings of that person.
How we can help
If you wish to make an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, Uppal Taylor Solicitors will be able to advise and assist you further. Our representation can ensure that the best possible application is put forward to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and we can advise you in respect of any decision made.