Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims in Manchester
Members of the public who are injured (physically or mentally) in a criminal act can make a claim for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government organisation set up precisely for this purpose, and a claim can be made by completing their online form.
In line with FCA Regulations, you are entitled to make a claim free of charge directly to the CICA, without the use of a solicitor. You have 2 years to file the claim, and the crime in Manchester must have be reported to the police before you apply. Our panel solicitors will charge a fee for providing advice and submitting your claim. This fee may be up to 25% of the claim value plus VAT. We will be able to inform you in more detail when you enquire on 01615 168 871^.
Whilst the CICA operates a free service, it is recommended that you use a personal injury solicitor for Manchester to help you bring a claim to ensure that you are aware awarded the maximum amount of compensation.
Make a Claim to the CICA
Any claim to the CICA for criminal injuries you have sustained must be brought within two years of the date of the incident. It is not necessary for the offender to have been charged or even been caught for the crime. A claim can also be brought on behalf of a deceased family member and, in certain limited circumstances (and at the discretion of the CICA), outside the two-year rule period. For example, a claim brought by an adult for abuse suffered as a child or any other circumstances that prevents the applicant from applying within time.
Victim of Crime Compensation
The amount of compensation that will be awarded by the CICA will depend on the seriousness of the injury and ranges from £1,000 up to a maximum of £500,000. In addition to compensation for the criminal injuries, victims can also claim for consequential loss such as damage to property, travel expenses, medical bills and loss of income.
The CICA apply strict criteria when making compensation payments. These consider the conduct of the victim (both during the incident and in the aftermath, including any failure to co-operate with the police) and whether the victim has a criminal record. A Manchester based personal injury claims solicitor will be able to guide you further on these requirements. At Accident Claims Manchester, we will also be able to guidance you on the procedure, which includes reporting the incident to the police without delay and seeking immediate medical attention.
Whilst monetary compensation may not fully compensate victims of criminal injuries and loss, those who have claimed will tell you that it can go some way towards providing closure.
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