If you’ve been injured due to a violent crime, you might be wondering, “How much criminal injuries compensation will I get if I make a successful claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?”. The CICA is an agency of the Ministry of Justice set up to provide compensation to victims of violent crimes in Great Britain. In this guide, we explain when you could be eligible to make a claim through the CICA and how much compensation could be awarded if you succeed.
Additionally, we will share examples of the compensation you could be awarded for a variety of different criminal injuries. We will also inform you of the time limits you must adhere to and the evidence you will need to present when making a claim through the CICA.
Finally, this guide will discuss how one of the experienced solicitors on our panel could assist you with claiming compensation through the CICA on a No Win No Fee basis.
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If you have been injured in a crime of violence and are making a claim through the CICA, such as an assault claim, you may be wondering, ‘How much criminal injuries compensation will I get?’.
You will be awarded compensation for your injuries if you make a successful claim through the CICA. Your injuries will be valued against the tariff of injuries found in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. The amounts in the tariff are fixed.
If you are claiming for two or more injuries, they will be subjected to the multiple injuries formula. This means that you can be awarded 100% of the listed compensation amount for your injury with the highest value. For the second highest or equally valued injury, 30% of the tariff can be awarded and 15% for the least highest or injury with equal value.
Whilst the Scheme does not allow for compensation to be awarded for more than three years, you could receive a seperate tariff payment if you become pregnant, contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI), or lose a foetus because of your injury or assault.
The table below contains fixed amounts from the tariff. Please note, the top entry is not included in the tariff.
|Injury Type||Notes||Tariff Amounts|
|Multiple injuries with additional damages||You could receive compensation to cover any lost earnings, special expenses, and other injuries.||Up to £500,000|
|Major Paralysis||Paraplegia that is substantially complete and causing impairment of motor or sensory function of the lower extremities.||£175,000|
|Paraplegia that is moderate but substantially complete and causing impairment of motor or sensory function of the lower extremities.||£110,000|
|Arm||Loss of one dominant arm.||£55,000|
|Brain Damage||Moderate brain damage where the person has some moderate dependence on others, an intellectual deficit, personality change, reduced ability to work and an effect on the senses.||£55,000|
|Sexual assault||Resulting in serious internal injuries and a severe mental illness that is permanent and disabling.||£44,000|
|A pattern of repeated incidents where one or more attacker is involved over a period of 3 or more years.||£22,000|
|Burns||Multiple areas of the body covering more than 25% of the total skin with significant scarring.||£33,000|
Financial Losses When Making A Claim For Criminal Injuries Compensation
You may also be eligible to receive a special expenses payment as part of your criminal injury claim. This could cover:
- Any care costs that relate to preparing food or your bodily functions.
- Any equipment that was relied upon as a physical aid that was damaged in the incident, such as your glasses.
- Adaptations that are needed for your home, such as installing a stairlift.
- Equipment needed to cope with your injuries, such as a car that has been specially adapted.
These costs need to be reasonable, necessary and directly resulted from your injuries. They also must not be available for free anywhere else. Other criteria must also be met in order to qualify for a special expenses payment.
You may also be able to claim for a loss of earnings if you were not able to work because of your criminal injury. However, the CICA have specific criteria that you must meet to be able to do so.
To learn more about loss of earnings and special expenses payments, you can speak with our advisors. They can also offer you a free valuation of your case if you are still wondering, ‘How much criminal injuries compensation will I get for my injuries?’.
In order to be eligible to make a criminal injury claim via the CICA, you need to show the following:
- You must have been injured in a crime of violence. The CICA Scheme’s definition of a crime of violence includes, for example, a physical attack, sexual assault and arson.
- The incident must have taken place in England, Wales, Scotland or another relevant place. This could be a boat that is registered to one of these places, for example.
- You must have reported the incident to the police.
- Your claim must be started within the relevant time limits. We will discuss what these are in a later section.
It’s important to note that the CICA is intended as a last resort and if there is another avenue you can take to pursue compensation, you should do so. For example, if the perpetrator’s identity is known and they have the funds to pay compensation, you could claim directly against them. Otherwise, you could claim against a third party that was vicariously liable and didn’t uphold the duty of the care they owed to you, leading to the crime of violence. This could include a school or workplace.
To find out whether you could make a claim for criminal injuries compensation via the CICA, you can contact one of the friendly advisors on our team.
- A police reference number to show that the incident was reported.
- Proof that you meet the residency requirements.
- Medical evidence that shows you suffered an injury that the Scheme can compensate for.
- Proof of financial losses.
Any additional information that the CICA may need in relation to the incident can be gathered through liaison with the place. You won’t need to acquire this yourself.
For any questions regarding claims made through the CICA, such as, ‘How much criminal injuries compensation will I get following a successful CICA claim?’, you can contact our friendly advisory team.
When you are making a criminal injury claim through the CICA, you must do so as soon as it’s reasonably possible. This is normally no later than 2 years from when the incident occurred if you were an adult at the time. Exceptions can be made to this 2-year time window in which you have to start your claim. However, you will need to demonstrate that there were exceptional circumstances that meant you were unable to start your claim in this timeframe.
The time limits differ for those who were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident. If the incident was reported to the police before the person turned 18, they will have 2 years from their 18th birthday to claim. If the incident was reported to the police on or after their 18th birthday, they will have two years from when the incident was first reported.
Additionally, the incident needs to be reported to the police as soon as possible. However, if this was not done, you need to show that exceptional circumstances prevented you from reporting the crime sooner.
Contact our advisors to see whether you have enough time to start a criminal injury claim through the CICA.
The solicitors on our panel have experience with a variety of different claims, including those being made through the CICA for rape, historical sexual abuse and other types of criminal injury claims. They also offer their services to eligible claimants on a No Win No Fee basis under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
This means that you will not need to pay your solicitor any fees upfront to access their services. Likewise, you will not need to pay them for their work while your claim is progressing or if it ends unsuccessfully.
If you are successful and awarded compensation, your solicitor will be due a success fee. This will be taken directly from your compensation by your solicitor as a legally limited percentage.
To potentially be connected with one of the solicitors on our panel, you can contact our advisory team. They can also offer you free advice and help answer your questions, including whether you could be eligible to make a claim through the CICA and how much criminal injuries compensation you will get if you succeed.
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Additional criminal injury guides by us:
- Advice on how long a CICA claim takes to come through.
- Information on making a claim with a criminal record through the CICA.
- Advice on how families of a murder victim could make a criminal injury claim.
Further information and resources:
- Information on how to report domestic abuse from Police.UK.
- Guidance on when to call 999 from NHS.
- Advice on coping with crime from Victim Support.
Hopefully, this guide has helped answer, ‘How much criminal injuries compensation will I get if I make a successful claim through the CICA?’. If you have any additional questions, you can contact our advisors.