How Families Of A Murder Victim Could Claim Compensation? – A Guide Who Can Claim? – How To Claim?

How To Claim Compensation After A Murder

On this page, you will read a guide to the process of making a claim for murder compensation due to the loss of a family member. It covers the reasons that family members may have to make a claim, and how they can potentially pursue victim of crime compensation.

You will likely have many questions once you have finished reading this guide, and we can help with this. All you need to do to get answers is speak to a member of our claims team on 0161 696 9685 today. They will be able to answer your questions and provide any other help that you need.

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A Guide To Murder Victim Compensation Claims

Murder compensation claims guide

Murder compensation claims guide

This guide to murder compensation claims is aimed at helping family members understand the legal process of claiming for the loss of a loved one. It contains information that includes:

  • A table that details many of the different types of compensation that family members might receive and also the typical values of them.
  • A list of the types of damages that a settlement for the loss of a family member could potentially comprise of.
  • A basic definition of what murder is and how a murder can often leave a family in a position to begin making a claim.
  • Some key statistics related to murders in the United Kingdom.
  • An overview of what the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is and how it can provide family members of a murder victim a valid route to receiving compensation.
  • An overview of key government legislation related to murder in the UK, including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995.
  • An explanation of what a person needs to do if they have suffered the loss of a loved one due to murder, in order to make a claim.
  • An examination of the potential eligibility of a family member or dependant to make a claim for a murder.
  • A number of sections related to specific legal entities who could make a murder claim, including children and dependents (both financial and physical).
  • Information related to including compensation for funeral expenses in a murder claim.
  • A table that shows the specific time limits that relate to murder claims, within which you will need to begin your claim.
  • An overview of the process of starting your compensation claim, as well as an introduction to the national claims service we provide.

If you have any questions at all about the contents of this guide or need any form of legal advice about a potential claim, then please speak to one of our claim advisors; they will be happy to assist you.

Calculating Compensation For The Family Or Partner Of A Murder Victim

Claims for the tragic killing of a loved one can be made through the scheme of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government-backed body that is designed to compensate victims of crime, or the families of victims, for the harm inflicted by criminal acts. 

It’s possible to gain an idea of the level of compensation that could be awarded by the CICA by taking a look at the table below. The figures are based on the CICA Tariff of Injuries. You might have been looking for an online personal injury claims calculator to help you out. However, these are not particularly accurate. In our experience, we find tables like that below easier to use.

Death - bereavement payment (more than one person)£5,500
Death - bereavement payment (individual)£11,000
Death - child payment (up until their 18th birthday)£2,000 per year (paid in a lump sum)
Death - funeral payment£2,500 (could be increased to £5,000)

For a much more accurate estimate of how much compensation after a murder, please speak to a member of our claims team.

Types Of Damages A Murder Compensation Claim Can Include

When making a murder compensation claim, if you are successful, the settlement you receive will consist of a number of different types of special expenses, and these can include but are not limited to:

  • Compensation for private medical costs – if the murder victim required any private healthcare before they died.
  • Compensation for lost benefits – if the person who was murdered was contributing to the household income through benefits.
  • Compensation for long-term effects – this covers the loss of care, as well as the reduced potential for an inheritance.

These are just some of the kinds of expenses a claimant might receive; there are more. Speak to a member of our claims team to learn which might apply in your own claim.

What Is The Legal Definition Of Murder?

To claim compensation for a murdered relative, a murder must have taken place in the first place. A definition of a murder could be:

“A murder could be deemed to have occurred when any person of sound mind and discretion, unlawfully kills another human being, outside of wartime (i.e. not an enemy combatant for example), and they clearly intended to either cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) or death.”

If you lost a loved one or a provider to such a crime, then you would likely be a) eligible to make a compensation claim, and b) able to pursue either the perpetrator of the crime or another legal entity (more on this below), for compensation. If you need this explained in more detail, please speak to one of our claim advisors.

UK Homicide (Murder) Statistics

Murder statistics

Murder statistics

Take a look at the graph above; it shows the general statistics for murder in the UK. When making a claim for murder compensation, UK residents need to understand that this is a fairly common occurrence, with a clearly defined legal process for processing a claim. The core statistics for murder in the UK are as follows:

  • 709 murders took place in 2017, a 25% increase on the previous year.
  • The number of male murder victims has increased faster than the number of female victims, by 33%.
  • Over the last five years, the annual number of females murdered has barely changed.
  • In 2017, for every 1 million people, there were 12 murders.
  • The rate for males murdered is twice that of females murdered.
  • 50% of women who are murdered are killed by their partner.
  • Over 30% of all killings are done so using a knife.

Murder Compensation And The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Part of the answer to the question, “how much compensation do you get for death?” is that it will depend upon whom you pursue for compensation. In the vast majority of cases, the perpetrator of the crime will not have the financial resources to pay compensation themselves. Additionally, when a murder goes unsolved, there is no perpetrator to pursue for compensation. In both of these cases, another option exists. A solicitor can approach the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

As mentioned above, the CICA is a special government body, which has been put in place as a vehicle for victims of crime to receive financial recompense in circumstances where there is no third party to claim from. We can help you to make a CICA claim; speak to one of our claim advisors to find out how.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995

This is a body of legislation which the UK government introduced that is aimed at ensuring that victims of a violent crime (and their families/dependants in the case of murder) have a legal framework for claiming some form of financial compensation. Under this legislation, standardised amounts of compensation are defined for a full range of both physical injuries and also damage to property. When a solicitor approaches the CICA (as discussed in the section above), it is this legislation that drives a) the decision whether you have a valid claim, and b) how much you will receive in compensation.

What To Do If I Suffered A Bereavement Because Of A Violent Crime

If you have lost a loved one or family member due to a violent crime, then you could be able to make a compensation claim. However, you are going to need to be able to prove that you are both a) eligible to make a claim, and b) qualify for receiving compensation. In the sections below we will take a look at what qualification means, and also the kinds of claimants who would qualify.

Do I Qualify To Make A Murder Compensation Claim?

When you make a claim for victim support compensation, and the claim is being handled by the CICA, you will need to be what is termed a “qualified relative”. A qualified relative would be a child, a spouse, or a civil partner. In the case of a civil partner or spouse, the relationship will need to be current, with no separation or divorce having taken place.

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

If a claim is made for compensation for a murdered parent, then the child will need to have been under the age of 18 when the murder took place. If this is so, then there are standardised payments provided by the CICA to cover:

  • 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.

Speak to a member of our claims team to learn more about how the CICA can help you to get compensation as the child of a murder victim.

When Can Dependents Claim For The Murder Of A Relative

Under the CICA victim compensation scheme, dependants are classified into two different types, and these are:

  • Financial dependants – all of the people who relied, even partially, on the income of the murder victim to meet their cost of living.
  • Physical dependants – all of the people who relied, even partially, on the murder victim to help care for them. For example, if the murder victim was the carer for a disabled spouse or child.

Financial dependents can claim for the financial losses they have incurred. The physical dependants would be compensated for the loss of care, and for having to pay care costs in the future. We cover these in more detail below.

Murder Compensation Claims For Financial Dependents

For financial dependants who are making a claim for crime compensation due to the murder of a breadwinner of the family, then they could claim for losses such as:

  • Loss of income into the family.
  • Lowered potential for saving.
  • Lowered future value of pensions schemes.
  • Loss of potential investment returns (such as buying a house).

Speak to a member of our claims team today to learn if there are any other financial losses, either current or future, that you could claim for.

Murder Compensation Claims For Physical Dependents

As the physical dependant of a murder victim, you have the right to make a claim to compensate you for the loss of your carer, if the murder victim helped you with things such as:

  • Bathing and visiting the bathroom.
  • Managing your continence.
  • Cooking meals and helping you to eat.
  • Managing your medication for you.
  • Providing general care.

Speak to one of our claim advisors, and they will be able to tell you whether you qualify as a physical dependant.

Murder Compensation Claims For Funeral Payments

A personal injury solicitor would be able to claim funeral expenses for the murder victim. This is a flat rate payment of £2,500 for the funeral costs, and a potential further £2,500 for extenuating circumstances, if applicable. This is paid to cover:

  • The funeral service.
  • A tombstone.
  • Flowers for the service.
  • Announcements in a newspaper.
  • Non-alcoholic refreshments.
  • A memorial.
  • Transport from overseas for the deceased.

Speak to one of our claims team to learn which you could claim for in your own case.

Time Limits For The Partner Or Family Of A Murder Victim To Claim Compensation

There is a personal injury claims time limit of three years from the date of the incident that you need to make your claim within. However, in a claim for murder, the actual process itself, especially if a criminal case is involved, could run way over this time limit. Therefore, we recommend that you speak to one of our claims team to find out if any extensions would apply in your own case.

If making a claim through the CICA, the time limit is shorter at just two years from the date of the murder.

Circumstances of ClaimTime Limit
Personal Injury3 years from the date of the murder.
CICA2 years from the date of the murder.

How To Claim Compensation For A Murdered relative Or Partner

Starting your claim is easy if you intend to use us to connect you with a specialist personal injury lawyer from our panel. You just need to call our claims team on the number below, and they will go over your claim with you. Once they know enough about your claim, they will then offer you some completely free legal advice on how best to proceed with your claim. In many cases, we will connect you with a solicitor from our panel who will battle to get you the compensation you are entitled to. More on this in the following sections.

No Win No Fee Murder Victim Compensation Claims

We offer our No Win No Fee claims service to people all across the UK. There is no financial risk to yourself when you use this service. There is no fee to start your claim, no fee while we process your claim, and no fee if we fail to win you any compensation. We only charge a small fee when we receive a settlement for you. Our fee is capped by law so you needn’t worry about losing a chunk of your compensation. This really is a completely risk-free way for you to make a claim, as you never pay us anything unless you have actually received a compensation payment.

How Our Advisors Can Help After A Loved One Is Murdered

We can help you to make a claim for murder victim family compensation. Speak to one of our claim advisors to find out how. They will use simple English with no legal jargon to ensure you understand every aspect of the claims process before we begin. If we see that your claim has valid grounds, we’ll connect you with an expert solicitor from our panel. They will always aim to get you the most compensation possible and will do all they can to ensure that they are successful in reaching a settlement for you. Just follow the three simple steps below to get started today.

Give us a call, send us an email, or speak to us on web chat.Let our claims team evaluate your claim.Agree to use processing your claim for you.

Call Our Advisors Today

Have you lost a loved one or family member due to a murder? Do you believe you qualify as a financial or physical dependant? If so, speak to a member of our claims team today on 0161 696 9685. They will go over your claim with you, inform you of your options, and then offer you a simple and effective way to have your claim processed, at no financial risk.

Further Advice After A Loved One Has Been Murdered

These links below, lead to websites that contain relevant information:

A legal definition of murder

UK murder statistics

The 1995 Criminal Injuries Compensation Act

Workplace Rights 

No Win No Fee Claims


Guide by CR

Edited by DEG