How Families Of A Murder Victim Could Claim Compensation

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 11th January 2024. This guide will discuss the process of how to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) if you lost a loved one due to murder. The CICA is a government body that can award compensation to those in Great Britain who have suffered criminal injuries, have suffered a mental injury due to witnessing a crime of violence, and who have been bereaved due to a crime of violence.

This guide will explain the different forms of compensation that could be awarded to qualifying relatives if they have loved a lost one due to a crime of violence, such as dependency payments and funeral costs. We will also set out which family members qualify to receive compensation through the CICA for bereavement. We will also share how one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel could help you with making your claim.

If you have lost a loved one because they were murdered, and you would like to know whether you could receive compensation for your bereavement, please contact our advisors. They can offer you free advice regarding murder compensation claims. To contact them, you can:

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Murder Compensation Claims Guide

Select A Section:

  1. Compensation For the Death Of A Family Member
  2. Who Can Claim On Behalf Of A Murder Victim?
  3. When Can A Child Claim For The Murder Of A Relative?
  4. When Can Dependents Claim For The Murder Of A Relative?
  5. Claiming For The Murder Of A Family Member With No Win No Fee Solicitors
  6. Further Advice After A Loved One Has Been Murdered

Compensation For the Death Of A Family Member

You may be wondering how to get compensation following the murder of a loved one. If you are seeking compensation for the death of a family member after a murder, you may need to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. They award compensation for criminal injury claims if the perpetrator cannot be claimed against.

You could make a personal injury claim directly against the perpetrator in some cases, but they would need to be identified or found and have the funds to compensate you.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 lists compensation amounts that could be awarded in cases of bereavement for a murder compensation claim made through them. These include compensation for dependency (both physical and financial), funeral costs, bereavement and child payments.

Please note that these are fixed amounts.

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Payment Type Compensation Notes
Fatal Criminal Injury Up to £500,000 This is the maximum amount that can be awarded under this scheme for a fatal injury. It also covers any payments made to the deceased prior to their death.
Bereavement £11,000 This amount is applicable if only one qualifying relative is claiming.
Bereavement £5,500 This amount is applicable if more than one persona is eligible for this payment.
Funeral £2,500 This is to cover the funeral costs if a person has died of a direct result of a criminal injury.
Child payment £2,000 per year Applicable to qualifying relatives who were under the age of 18 at the time of death. This amount will be paid each year until their 18th birthday.
Financial dependency payment £109.40 weekly (based on SSP) This payment is made to a qualifying relative who at the time of the deceased’s death was physically or financially dependent on them. This will be paid weekly from the date of death and will be based on SSP.

Call our advisors if you have any questions about claiming compensation through the CICA if a loved one was a stab victim and was murdered. They can also offer free advice about claiming for criminal injuries.

Who Can Claim On Behalf Of A Murder Victim?

As previously stated, if you have been bereaved due to a loved one being murdered in Great Britain, you may be able to claim compensation through the CICA. Under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, only certain qualifying relatives are eligible for dependency and bereavement payments.

You are considered a qualifying relative if you were one of the following at the time of the deceased’s death:

  • The spouse or civil partner who was residing in the same household as the deceased.
  • The deceased’s partner, other than a spouse or civil partner, residing in the same household as the deceased for at least two years prior to the date of death.
  • The spouse or civil partner who did not live with the deceased because of ill-health or infirmity of either partner.
  • Financially dependent spouse, civil partner, ex-spouse or former civil partner.
  • Deceased’s parent.
  • Child of the deceased (this includes children both over and under the age of 18).

It must be noted that if you were the former spouse or civil partner of the deceased, you would not be eligible to receive a bereavement award in your CICA claim. However, you may be able to receive a dependency payment if you were financially dependent on the deceased at the time of their death.

Our team of legal advisors can answer any questions you may have about how much compensation could be awarded to a qualifying relative in murder victim compensation claims.

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How Much Compensation Could Be Awarded For Families Of Murder Victims?

When Can A Child Claim For The Murder Of A Relative?

A child’s payment could be made if a qualifying relative was under the age of 18 at the time of the deceased’s death and they were dependent on the deceased’s parental services. This payment is awarded to provide some recognition of what the child will have lost due to the death of their parent, such as:

  • Loss of affection and love.
  • Loss of supervision and care.
  • Loss of being involved in family activities, holidays and trips.
  • Loss of receiving gifts and treats.

This portion of murder victim compensation will begin from the deceased’s date of death and will end on the day prior to the child’s 18th birthday. This payment will be £2,000 for each full year and will be reduced proportionally for past years. Furthermore, this payment will be calculated as a lump sum.

Speak to a member of our claims team to learn more about how the CICA can help award compensation to children of murder victims.

When Can Dependents Claim For The Murder Of A Relative?

Under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012, a dependency award could be provided to a ‘dependent’ family member as part of their compensation claim for the murder of a relative. To qualify for this, a family member must have been financially or physically dependent upon the relative that has been murdered.

To qualify for a financial dependency award, the following must apply:

  • The deceased must have been in paid work on the date of the incident in which they were murdered.
  • The deceased must have been regularly paid for work for at least 3 years immediately prior to the incident.
  • Or the dependent must show that there was a satisfactory reason for why their deceased relative was unable to work regularly for the 3 years prior to their death. For instance, the dependent could show the deceased relative was a carer or in full-time education.

A financial dependency payment is calculated at the weekly rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). It will begin from the date of the deceased’s death.

You may be eligible to claim for a physical dependency award if your murdered relative was your primary carer for physical needs, such as the following:

  • Food preparation and eating.
  • Help with personal hygiene, such as bathing and toileting.
  • Generally looking after your wellbeing.

If multiple relatives qualify for a dependency award, then it will usually be shared equally between them. For more advice on what you could claim as part of murder compensation, you can contact our advisors for free either online or on the phone.

Claiming For The Murder Of A Family Member With No Win No Fee Solicitors

Family members who are eligible to claim on behalf of a murder victims could seek support from a criminal compensation solicitor. If you speak to our advisors about reviewing your case, then they may put you in touch with a solicitor on our panel.

A solicitor from our panel may offer to support your compensation claim under a type of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). With this type of agreement in place, you won’t need to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for their services. Also, if your claim is not successful, you won’t need to pay your solicitor for the services they provided.

If your claim is successful, then a success fee will be paid to your solicitor. Usually, this is a small and legally capped percentage deducted from the compensation awarded to you.

To learn more about how to get compensation for the murder of a family member, please get in touch with our advisors today. You can reach them by:

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Make A Murder Compensation Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Further Advice After A Loved One Has Been Murdered

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