Start your criminal injury compensation claim today with our no-win no-fee CICA claim solicitors if you were the victim of an assault or a violent crime.
The CICA stands for Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority which is a government body. This organisation allows victims of violent crime, sexual assault, and abuse to claim compensation for their injuries.
The CICA compensation claim means money awarded to someone who has been injured in England, Wales or Scotland because of a violent crime or an assault.
You may be able to make a criminal injury compensation claim if you are a victim of a crime of violence committed in the last 2 years and reported to the police.
Our CICA claim solicitors handle criminal injuries compensation claims on a no-win-no-fee basis which means you will not pay a penny if your compensation claim is unsuccessful.
Are you a victim of a violent crime and sustained a criminal injury in the past two years? Contact our No Win No Fee solicitors in Manchester at 0161 222 5860 to take the first step towards your successful criminal injury compensation claim.
- You may be able to make a criminal injury compensation claim if you meet the following eligibility criteria:
- The crime must have happened in England, Wales, or Scotland
- The crime must be reported to the police.
- The crime must have happened within the past 2 years.
Who can claim criminal injury compensation?
You will only be eligible for a criminal injury compensation claim if you meet one of the residency or nationality requirements. You must have been one of the following when the crime happened:
- a British citizen or EU or EEA national (or their close relative)
- a family member of an EU or EEA national who has the right to be in the UK.
- a member of the armed forces (or you’re a close relative living in their household)
- a potential victim of human trafficking on or before the date of your application – this must be confirmed by the UK Human Trafficking Centre and UK Visas and Immigration
- an asylum seeker
- a national of a country that has signed up to the Council of Europe Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes
- You’re also eligible if you were ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK at the time of the crime. This depends on your connection to the UK, for example, if you were living, working, or studying there (or you were the family member of someone who was).
Here is a list of some common types of criminal injuries you are entitled to be compensated for by the CICA scheme.
- mental or physical injury following a crime of violence.
- sexual or physical abuse.
- loss of earnings – where you have no or limited capacity to work as the direct result of a criminal injury.
- special expenses payments – these cover certain costs you may have incurred as a direct result of an incident. You can only ask us to consider special expenses if your injuries mean you have been unable to work or have been incapacitated to a similar extent for more than 28 weeks.
- a fatality caused by a crime of violence including bereavement payments, payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency, and funeral payments.
The CICA Scheme uses a 35-tier system split into two sections to decide the compensation amounts for the claim, the tiers are Level A1-A20 and B1-B15. The minimum amount for a successful claim on the scheme is £1,000 with the maximum being £250,000.
Here are some examples of CICA payouts (Level A1-A20):
- Level A1 £1,000
- Level A2 £1,500
- Level A3 £1,800
- Level A4 £2,400
- Level A5 £3,500
- Level A6 £4,600
- Level A7 £6,200
- Level A8 £11,000
- Level A9 £13,500
- Level A10 £16,500
- Level A11 £19,000
- Level A12 £22,000
- Level A13 £27,000
- Level A14 £33,000
- Level A15 £44,000
- Level A16 £55,000
- Level A17 £82,000
- Level A18 £110,000
- Level A19 £175,000
- Level A20 £250,000
Here are some examples of CICA payouts (Level B1-B15):
- Level B1 £1,000
- Level B2 £1,500
- Level B3 £2,000
- Level B4 £3,300
- Level B5 £4,400
- Level B6 £5,500
- Level B7 £6,600
- Level B8 £8,200
- Level B9 £11,000
- Level B10 £13,500
- Level B11 £16,500
- Level B12 £22,000
- Level B13 £27,000
- Level B14 £33,000
- Level B15 £44,000
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) usually takes 12-18 months to process a criminal injury compensation claim. However, the timescale is not set as it would depend on the complexity of your claim.
Free legal advice for your criminal injury compensation claim
Our expert assault and criminal injuries compensation claim solicitors in Manchester provide free legal advice and claim assessment. No matter where you live, our criminal injury lawyers can provide legal services remotely.
Speak to our no-win no-fee injury lawyers today to get free legal advice and take the first step towards your successful criminal injury compensation claim.
If you have any questions or need further information regarding your criminal injury compensation claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our dedicated team of solicitors is here to assist you.