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The effects of suffering injury following a criminal incident can be extreme and shouldn’t be underestimated. Victims may suffer physical or psychological injuries with long term or even permanent symptoms, in these types of matter the victim may be able to pursue a claim for compensation.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was established to compensate innocent victims of violent crime. Like all injury and accident claims, strict time limits apply and it is important to act quickly, generally the time limit to commence a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is 2 years.
In order to pursue a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority it is necessary that the incident has been reported to the police promptly following the incident and that the injuries suffered can be medically verified. The minimum award that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will make is £1000 so the injuries suffered will have to be deemed serious enough for a claim to be successful.
It is possible to claim if your attacker is unknown, when you report the crime to the police a crime reference number will be attributed to the incident which will allow the necessary investigations to take place.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will consider the conduct of the victim and their criminal past. If you do not assist the police in bring the attacker to justice, are involved in criminal proceedings yourself or you have unspent criminal convictions the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority may reduce the award or decline to make an award so it is important to provide full details.
NGA Solicitors can generally pursue a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. The process can be complicated and time consuming but NGA Solicitors have Solicitors with vast experience in pursuing claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority which will ensure that your claim is settled in the most beneficial terms and as quickly as possible.