How Can You Claim Compensation For A Broken Jaw After An Assault Through The CICA?

In this article, we explore when you could be eligible to claim compensation for a broken jaw after an assault through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA are a government agency that can award compensation to those who have suffered an injury in a crime of violence, such as a fractured or broken jaw.

Within this guide, we will discuss what constitutes a crime of violence and the eligibility criteria that will need to be met to be able to make a jaw injury claim through the CICA. Additionally, we will explain the time limits that must be adhered to for claims being made through the CICA for criminal injuries compensation.

Furthermore, we will discuss the evidence that will need to be presented as part of your claim. We will also share examples of the different types of compensation you could be awarded for a successful claim. This guide will also provide some of the benefits of making a criminal injury claim with one of the solicitors on our panel on a No Win No Fee basis.

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How Can You Claim Compensation For A Broken Jaw After An Assault?

If you have suffered a broken jaw injury in an assault, you may be able to make a claim through the CICA. As previously stated, the CICA is a government agency that can award compensation to those who have suffered an injury in a crime of violence in Great Britain. They administer the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012, which provides a tariff of injuries with corresponding fixed amounts.

For jaw injury claims to be made through the CICA, certain eligibility requirements need to be met. These are:

  • The crime must have happened in England, Scotland, Wales, or another relevant place e.g. onboard a ship that is registered in England.
  • Your broken jaw must’ve been sustained during a crime of violence. The CICA Scheme provides some examples of what constitutes a crime of violence. Some examples include assault, sexual abuse, threat of assault and arson.
  • The crime needs to have been reported to the police.
  • You must begin your claim within the correct time limit. We will discuss what these are in the next section.

It is important to note that before making a claim through the CICA, you will need to demonstrate that you were unable to claim compensation for jaw fractures or broken jaw injuries via a different avenue, such as directly against the perpetrator or a vicariously liable party.

To check if you could claim broken jaw compensation through the CICA, you can contact one of our advisors today.

Is There A Time Limit When Making A Jaw Injury Compensation Claim Through The CICA?

If you are eligible to claim compensation for a broken jaw after an assault through the CICA, you must begin your claim within a certain time limit. Generally, that means a fractured jaw or broken jaw claim through the CICA must be made within 2 years of the date the crime occurred.

Exceptions could be made for this 2-year time limit. However, you’ll need to prove that exceptional circumstances prevented you from starting your claim within this timeframe.

The time limits for those who were criminally injured under the age of 18 are as follows:

  • If the incident was reported prior to your 18th birthday, you will have 2 years from your 18th birthday to begin the claiming process, unless exceptional circumstances apply.
  • If the incident was reported on or after your 18th birthday, you will have 2 years from the date you make this report to begin legal proceedings, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

If you’d like to know how long a CICA claim takes to come through or to see whether you still have enough time to begin your claim, please call today.

What Evidence Can Support Jaw Injury Compensation Claims?

If you wish to claim compensation for a broken jaw through the CICA, evidence will need to be supplied to support your case. This will need to include:

  • A crime reference number from the police.
  • Medical evidence regarding your broken jaw.
  • Evidence that you meet the residency requirements.

The CICA will be able to liaise with the police to request any further evidence they may need in regard to your fractured jaw compensation claim.

If you have any questions, such as, “How much compensation could I receive for a broken or dislocated jaw through the CICA?’ or ‘How do I claim criminal injuries compensation?’, you can contact our advisors. They may also be able to connect you with a solicitor on our panel who could help you with making a broken jaw injury claim through the CICA.

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How Much CICA Compensation For A Broken Jaw After An Assault Could You Receive?

When claiming compensation for a broken jaw after an assault through the CICA, your settlement will include compensation for your criminal injury if your claim is successful.

The value of your injuries will be determined by the CICA tariff of injuries. This can be found in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. These are fixed amounts, meaning you will be awarded the exact figure that is listed for your injuries.

Additionally, you can claim for up to three injuries through the CICA. When claims are made for more than one injury, such as multiple fractures, the multiple injuries formula will apply. As such, you’ll receive 100% of the fixed tariff amount for the highest-valued injury, 30% for the second, and 15% for the third.

Compensation Table

For the table below, we have used some of the fixed tariff amounts taken from the CICA Scheme 2012. Please note that the first line from this table is not included in the fixed tariff of injuries.

Type Of InjuryGuideline Settlement BracketFurther Information
Multiple Severe Injuries and Financial Losses Up to £500,000Compensation for multiple injuries that lead to physical and psychological pain as well as special expenses and loss of earnings.
Multiple Fractures To The Face£11,000For example, Type 2 and 3 Le Fort Fractures
Fractured Jaw Bone£6,200Where an operation is required and there is ongoing significant disability.
£3,500Although no operation is needed, there is continuing significant disability.
£1,800Where an operation is required and there is substantial recovery.
£1,500No operation is needed, and a substantial level of recovery is made.
Dislocated Jaw£3,500With continuing significant disability.
Permanent Clicking Jaw£3,500A jaw injury that results in permanent clicking.

Claim Financial Expenses As Part Of Your Broken Jaw Compensation

If you make a successful assault claim through the CICA, your broken jaw settlement could also include special expenses. This could cover:

  • Care costs relating to food preparation or your bodily functions.
  • Physical aids that were damaged when you were assaulted, such as your glasses.
  • Home adaptations, such as the installation of a stairlift, if they are needed to cope with your injuries.
  • Equipment such as a specially adapted car, if it is needed to cope with your injuries.

In all cases, special expenses must be necessary, reasonable and directly related to your injuries. Also, you cannot claim for items that are available free elsewhere.

You could also receive a payment for loss of earnings through the CICA if you’ve needed to take time off work due to your criminal injury. However, specific criteria will need to be met if you wish to seek reimbursement for this loss.

To find out if you could claim special expenses or loss of earnings linked to your broken jaw injury through the CICA, please speak to one of our advisors today. They could also provide you with a free valuation of how much criminal injuries compensation you could potentially receive for your case.

Make A Criminal Injury Claim Using A No Win No Fee Solicitor

One of the solicitors on our panel, who has experience with jaw injury compensation claims made through the CICA, could potentially help you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), provided you have an eligible case.

When working with a solicitor under this No Win No Fee arrangement, some of the benefits include:

  • You generally don’t pay any upfront fees to cover your solicitor’s services.
  • Not having to pay any ongoing service fees while the claim is progressing.
  • Not being asked to pay your solicitor for their work if your criminal injuries claim fails.

You will have a success fee deducted from your compensation if your jaw fracture claim is a success. The success fee is a legally capped percentage, which helps ensure that you keep most of what is awarded to you.

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Contact Us

To find out whether you could claim compensation for a broken jaw after an assault through the CICA with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel, you can contact our advisors. They can offer you free advice on making a jaw injury compensation claim through the CICA, as well as answer any of the questions you may have regarding how to apply for criminal injuries compensation through the CICA.

To reach them today, you can:

  • Call our advice line on 0161 696 9685.
  • Use our 24/7 free live chat service.
  • Contact us online so that we can call you back at a convenient time.

Learn More About Claiming Jaw Injury Compensation After Assault

Additional guides by us about CICA claims and how we can help you seek compensation:

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Should you need to know more about how to claim compensation for a broken jaw after an assault, please get in touch with our advisors.