CICA Appeals / Victims of crime compensation
Have you been turned down for compensation by the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA)?
If so, we might be able to help.
We have considerable experience in bringing appeals against decisions of the CICA.
The CICA can turn down applications for compensation for numerous reasons, such as failure to cooperate with the police, not reporting the crime immediately after it occured, or you having a criminal record.
We represent clients in their appeals against the CICA and have an excellent track record of over-turning CICA decisions. We also represent clients from the outset in their application to the CICA for an award of compensation.
More about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and our expertise:
Have you been a victim of a crime? If so, you may be entitled to compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICA).
- We have specialist expertise in obtaining compensation for victims of crime under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICA).
- We have a track record of obtaining high compensation awards for our CICA clients who have been victims of a violent crime. Recently, for example, we won a criminal injuries compensation award of just under a quarter of a million pounds for a client.
The role of the CICA is to administer compensation to victims of crime. If you have been the victim of a violent crime compensation may be available even if the person committing the offence is never found. Compensation for the victims of crime can be anywhere from £1,000 to £500,000, and the amount you, as a crime victim seeking compensation, will be entitled to, depends on tariffs specifying values for particular injuries.
The CICA will pay compensation in certain circumstances where a crime is carried out in England, Wales or Scotland. Normally, to be compensated as a crime victim you will need to bring your compensation claim within two years of the crime.
SheridanLaw has a long track record of representing victims of crime seeking compensation from the CICA or bringing appeals against the CICA where an award of compensation is not paid out. We fight relentlessly for our clients to ensure they obtain the maximum amount of compensation to which they are entitled. In many CICA cases we represent clients in a CICA appeal where the client has lost hope of ever being awarded compensation.
In sum, the types of compensation available to victims of violent crime are:
- Compensation for injuries to the victim. Under this type of compensation, the victim of the violent crime is awarded an amount of compensation according to the tariff established by the CICA. You can also be compensated for loss of earnings and certain expenses.
- Where a loved one has been killed compensation is also available. Under this category a limited amount is available but, where the person seeking compensation was financially dependent on the deceased additional compensation is possible.
- Lost earnings compensation is also possible. This is possible where you are unable to work for more than 28 weeks due to the injury. CICA awards compensation starting from after the 28th week.
- Compensation for expenses. Certain expenses are refundable as part of victims of crime compensation, such as certain private medical treatment, residential care and home adaptations.
If you have been the victim of a crime and want to apply to the CICA or if you have applied yourself to the CICA and your application has been turned down please contact us on 020 8541 1181