Stab Victim Compensation Claims Guide – Calculate Compensation Amounts Payouts For Being Stabbed

Can You Get Compensation For Being Stabbed?

Below, you will read a guide to the process of making a claim for stab victim compensation. If, unfortunately, you are assaulted by another person, resulting in a stab injury, then you could be able to claim compensation. This guide will cover the process of making such a claim.

If you have any questions about this guide or the legal situation relating to your own claim, please speak to one of our expert claim advisors on 0161 696 9685 today. They will get you the answers that you need, and advise you on how best to proceed with your claim.

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A Guide To Stab Victim Compensation Claims

Stab injury compensation claims guide

Stab injury compensation claims guide

This page contains a guide to using a personal injury lawyer to process a stabbing injury claim on your behalf. It should contain all of the information you need to educate yourself about this kind of claim, and why you may be able to make one. You will find information such as:

  • A basic definition of what a stabbing (and a stab injury) is in the eyes of the law and also from a medical viewpoint.
  • A table that shows typical amounts of compensation paid to stab victims for scarring, and also the mental trauma of being assaulted and stabbed.
  • A list of the most common types of damages that a settlement for a stab injury could consist of. This covers both general and special damages.
  • A rough guide to stab wound first aid, and what to do if you or another person has been stabbed to treat them at the scene of the incident.
  • An overview of the main symptoms of shock and how to discern whether a stab victim is going into shock, as well as what you should do to assist them.
  • Advice on whether you should remove the knife from a victim that has been stabbed, or whether you should leave the knife in place.
  • Details of the process of judging the severity of a stab wound, as well as the main characteristics that are evaluated.
  • A simple case study, that shows how a stab victim was successfully able to pursue a compensation claim for the harm they suffered.
  • Information related to the time limit that is in place, within which you must start your compensation claim for your stab injury.
  • A general overview of the process of starting a claim, and also an introduction to our national claims service, which provides a simple and effective way for you to have your claim processed.

If you have questions about this guide, or you need some general advice about your own claim, then please speak to one of our team on the contact number at the bottom of the page.

What is a stabbing?

Knife offence statistics

Take a look at the graph above; it shows that since 2014, the number of occurrences of knife crime in the UK has risen.

Part of the answer to the question, “can you get compensation for being stabbed?” is that you will have to be able to prove that Actual Body Harm (ABH) took place, in a criminal manner. This link explains very well what ABH is:

An explanation of ABH

The law in the UK is very strict about what knife crime is. Some kinds of knives such as switchblades (or flick knives), butterfly knives, and hidden blade knives are entirely illegal to carry. However, carrying any knife with the intent of wounding is also considered a crime in the UK. A good explanation of this law can be found via this link:

Knife law explained

A stabbing would, therefore, be any incident involving knife-caused wounds that injure a person, whereby the third party that caused them harm has a) committed ABH, and b) broken UK knife laws. This would be a basic legal definition of what a stabbing actually is.

Knife Crime And Stab Victim Compensation Calculator

If you know the identity of the culprit and they have enough resources to pay compensation, you could pursue a claim against them for personal injury. If you would like to know how much you could claim for a stabbing, you could check a personal injury claims calculator that would give you a rough idea. You can also use the table below to look up specific kinds of compensation and the payment range associated with them.

Injury and severityNotesValue
Facial disfigurement Very severe scarring. A higher award is made for younger victims£27,940 to £91,350
Facial disfigurement Less significant scarring. This covers scars that can be hidden or slight with no marked impact on appearance£3,710 to £12,900
Facial disfigurement Trivial scarring. Minor injuries with a full recovery.£1,600 to £3,310
Mental AnguishA fear of death, often lasting around 3 months.£4,380
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderModerately severe. Under this header, recovery will take time but is optimistic. Person is still significantly affected. £56,180 to £94,470
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderLess severe. Full recovery within 2 years after experiencing minor symptoms. £3,710 to £7,680

If you would like a more accurate estimate, or need answers to questions such as, “how much compensation per stitch can UK solicitors claim for a client?” Then please speak to one of our claim experts on the telephone number at the top or bottom of the guide.

If you’re unsure who the assailant was, it’s still possible to make a claim for compensation. Instead, you will need to make a claim through the scheme run by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a government-backed body that administers claims for victims of crime. In order to make a claim through the CICA, you will need to have reported the crime to the police. The assailant does not need to have been captured or identified. 

Compensation is paid out differently through the CICA scheme. Below, you can find a table that details some of the potential payouts for different injuries. For more information on what you can claim through the CICA, call our team of expert advisors.

Serious scarring and disfigurement (upper body)£3,500
Serious scarring and disfigurement (face)£11,000
Serious scarring and disfigurement (neck)£4,600
Punctured lung (singular)£1,500
Punctured lung (both)£4,600
Disabling mental injury (lasting up to 2 years)£2,400
Disabling mental injury (lasting 2-5 years)£6,200

Damages Your Criminal Injuries Compensation Can Include

If you have been the victim of a stabbing, and you make a successful claim for stab victim compensation, then the settlement you receive will likely be made up of several different types of damages. Above, we considered potential compensation awards for physical harm. It’s also possible to recover financial losses that have been incurred because of the injury. There are some differences in what you can recover depending on whether you pursue a personal injury claim or a claim through the CICA. Generally, you’re able to recover the following costs, though to be sure, contact one of our expert advisors for more information.

  • Lowered ability to work
  • Loss of wages or salary (in CICA claims, you have to be absent from work for more than 28 weeks, and you will only receive pay at the statutory sick pay rate). 
  • Cost of hiring a nurse of home help
  • Medical charges
  • Travel fees

If you would like to know what types of damages you could claim in your own case, please use the telephone number near the end of this page, and one of our claims team should be able to tell you.

Stab Wound First Aid – How To Help Victims Of Stab Injuries

If you have to provide first aid to someone with a serious injury such as a stab wound to the abdomen, or a stab wound to the chest, there are several key things that you must do. Including:

  • Don’t move them unless you have to in order to move them out of harm’s way.
  • Do not remove the knife unless there is good cause to (more on this below).
  • Apply firm pressure to the wound to help stop the bleeding.
  • Call 999 and arrange for an ambulance.
  • Continue to apply pressure until the ambulance arrives.

This is the basic procedure for dealing with a stab wound or any other kind of laceration that is bleeding heavily.

What Are The Symptoms Of Shock And What Should You Do If A Stab Victim Goes Into Shock?

When a person suffers a knife crime injury, the part of the answer to the question, “what happens to your body when you get stabbed?” is that they could go into shock. Despite the name “shock”, this medical condition has nothing to do with the psychological effects of being stabbed.

The body goes into shock when the circulatory system is struggling to provide enough oxygen to every part of the body. Generally, this will have been caused by loss of blood. Symptoms of shock include pale skin that is clammy or cold to the touch. If the victim is conscious, they may complain of thirst or a feeling of nausea. Dizziness and anxiety are also common symptoms of shock.

To help a person in shock, you should lay them down on their back, and raise their knees so that their legs are bent, forcing blood from the legs down into the body. You should cover them and keep them warm. You can find a great guide to dealing with shock, at this link:

How to deal with shock

Should I Remove The Object Or Knife From The Victims Wound?

If you were to examine pictures of stab wounds you can survive, right after the event, you would see that generally, the knife is left in place until emergency responders arrive. This is because the knife blade is at least partially blocking the cut, and preventing it from bleeding fully. The only time you would remove the knife is if it is causing an obstruction to an airway. For example, the victim has been stabbed in the neck, and the knife is blocking the throat.

Characteristics Of Stab Wounds And How They Are Assessed

When a personal injury solicitor processes a claim for compensation for stabbing, the characteristics and severity of the injury are a major consideration. Here we are looking at several things, and these include:

  • How bad the initial injury was (position, depth, etc.).
  • How long the injury takes to heal.
  • Whether there will be any permanent health effects once healed.
  • Whether there will be any scarring, and how bad it will be.
  • Whether there are any psychological effects, such as PTSD or new phobias as a result of the incident itself.

These considerations, and more, are used to evaluate the worth of a claim, and to decide how much compensation the victim would be awarded.

Claiming Compensation For Unprovoked Stabbings

If you are the victim of a stabbing that is deemed Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) in the eyes of the law, then you could be able to claim criminal injuries compensation. When a third party causes you harm, then you will generally have a valid reason to make a compensation claim against them. However, there is a complication here. What happens if the defendant doesn’t have the financial means to pay you compensation? In this case, a different process is followed by your legal team, and we explain this in the section below.

Stab Injury Claims Through The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

If you are seeking criminal compensation for a stabbing and the defendant doesn’t have the financial means to pay you any compensation, then your solicitor can make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). As the name suggests, this is an organisation that provides financial restitution to victims of crimes. To answer the question, “how long does CICA compensation take?” it generally takes 12 to 18 months for CICA to evaluate and make a decision on a claim.

Stab Victim Compensation Case Study

It has been reported that a young Polish man of 25 was stabbed twice in the heart following an altercation with another passenger on a night bus. This stopped the oxygen to his brain, and the injuries that this caused were catastrophic.

The victim now has to use a wheelchair and has vastly reduced mental capacity and capability. Additionally, he has to be cared for 24 hours a day but nursing staff and his carer. The family of the victim applied to the CICA for a compensation settlement. CICA turned down this claim, as the victim had been under the influence of alcohol at the time. An appeal was made, and the victim’s family were finally awarded £250,00 for their claim for stabbing.

How Long Do Stab Victim Compensation Claims Take And Is There A Time Limit?

The table below shows the personal injury claims time limit in specific circumstances, that must be adhered to in order to be able to make a claim. There is also a time limit that applies to CICA claims, which is generally 2 years from the date of the incident.

Circumstances of ClaimTime Limit
If the victim is under 18 years of age.3 years from the date they turn 18.
If the victim is over 18 years of age.3 years from the date the stabbing took place.

How To Begin A Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim For Your Stabbing Injury

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claim

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claim

If you need to begin a personal injury claim or CICA claim for a stabbing, doing so is very straightforward. Our claims team can talk you through the process. Use the number below, and explain your situation. We will ask you some questions so that we can learn enough about your claim to offer some proper, informed advice. We will then make a recommendation on what we believe would be your best course of action, and how best to start your claim.

No Win No Fee Stab Victim Compensation Claims

We operate a No Win No Fee national claims service that is available to everyone who resides within the UK. The way this service works is that you pay us nothing to start working on your claim, and you pay us nothing during the time we are processing your claim. If we don’t manage to win you any settlement, then you still pay us nothing. In fact, the only time that you do pay us is when we receive a compensation payment for you, and then we automatically take our fee out of the money received and then give you the rest. Our fee is modest and capped by law so you won’t need to worry about losing a chunk of your compensation. If you would like to know more about this service, give our claims team a call on the number below.

How Our Team Can Help Victims Of Stabbings

We can help to advise you on how best to go about making your stabbing claim, and we will do so without any legal jargon. We will always try to get you the most compensation we can and do all that we can to ensure that your claim has a successful outcome. We are just a phone call away at all times. We will keep you updated on what we have been doing for you, and on how your claim is progressing. Speak to one of our claim advisors on the number below to get your claim started today.

Contact Our Advisors

If you have been the victim of knife crime and have suffered a knife injury, then we can likely help you to make a compensation claim. Call 0161 696 9685 today, and explain your situation to one of our claims team, they will give you some solid legal advice on what to do next.

Contact us using webchat, phone or email.Our team will assess your claim.We will the process your claim for you.

Advice For Victims Of Stab Injuries

We included a number of links in this guide for your information, here they are again in case you missed them in the text above:

How to deal with shock

Knife law explained

An explanation of ABH

Workplace Rights 

No Win No Fee Claims


Guide by CR

Edited by DEG