Criminal Injury Compensation Solicitors
Expert criminal injury solicitors for compensation claims
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a criminal action or attack you could be entitled to compensation from the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority. Our specialist criminal injury lawyers are here to help you get your life back on track during what is undoubtedly a stressful and emotional time.
As experts in criminal injury compensation claims, we pride ourselves on providing a sensitive and supportive service and understand that claiming compensation is often just part of the journey.
Our criminal injury lawyers are APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) accredited specialists, which demonstrates our knowledge and experience in this complex area of the law.
What is a criminal injury?
A criminal injury is an injury which has occurred as a result of a criminal act such as an assault. This can also include physical abuse, sexual abuse and assaults.
You may be eligible to claim compensation if you or a member of your family has been injured in a violent crime. Our criminal injury lawyers may be able to help you claim compensation for psychological trauma as well as for any physical injuries caused in an attack.
To be able to claim for a criminal injury the crime must have been reported to the police and you must have helped the police with their investigation where possible. The report and evidence gathered by the police are vital to you pursuing your criminal injury compensation claim. The perpetrator(s) do not have to have been convicted in order to bring a claim.
How do I claim criminal injuries compensation?
Our specialist criminal injury lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with these injuries and can talk through your situation with you. We can provide you with some initial free advice to help you decide if you wish to proceed with making a claim.
You can claim for yourself or behalf of a family member who has been injured as a result of a criminal act and who is unable to claim for themselves. This includes if the family member lacks the mental capacity to make the claim, if the person injured is your child under 18 years old or if your family member died from their injuries.
Whilst we can’t change what has happened we can provide advice and support to enable you to claim compensation. This can make things easier with some injuries requiring people to take time off work, travel for treatment or make alternations in their homes. Our dedicated criminal injury lawyers will do everything they can to ensure your life can return to normal as soon as possible.
As well as providing sensitive advice and support, our criminal injury lawyers can put you in touch with a number of organisations who can help you with support and assistance.
Contingency Fee Agreements in criminal injuries compensation
Your criminal injuries compensation claim may be eligible for a Contingency Fee Agreement which means that if your claim is unsuccessful you pay nothing. Our specialist team will be able to advise you further on this.
How long do I have to make a criminal injury compensation claim?
You usually have two years from the date of the accident or knowing about your injury, to submit your claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. There are some exceptions, which our specialist criminal injury solicitors can advise you on.
Speak to us as soon as you can, so our criminal injury lawyers can start helping you through the process of claiming compensation and getting any other support you need.
How much could I receive from a criminal injuries compensation claim?
Every claim is different, so it is important to get expert advice from lawyers who really understand the unique nature of each criminal injury compensation claim.
The amount you can claim will depend on a number of factors, such as the severity of your injury, as well as any financial losses you have suffered, or lifestyle changes you have made as a result.
Injuries are covered within the CICA’s tariff system, which has set figures for the amount that can be claimed. Applications for compensation for physical injuries will need to be supported by your own GP in most cases. In the case of psychological trauma, victims can only make a claim if they have medical evidence from a psychiatrist to support this injury.
Our specialist criminal injury lawyers have the experience in understanding the CICA’s tariff system to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Personal Injury team today