By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 2nd January 2024. Suffering injuries from being stabbed can be deeply traumatic. The wounds it leaves may be physical, but the mental injuries may endure some time. In some cases, it’s possible to claim compensation for being stabbed and in this guide, we explain what the circumstances are and how we can help you.
We also explain whether a victim compensation calculator could give you a true picture of how much compensation you could receive. We also offer guidance on using a CICA claim calculator or criminal injuries compensation calculator and why a criminal compensation calculator could only give you rough examples of CICA payouts.
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- Examples Of Compensation Payouts For Being Stabbed
- Eligibility Requirements For Claiming Criminal Injuries Compensation Through The CICA
- How Do You Claim Compensation For Getting Stabbed Through The CICA?
- What Injuries Caused By A Stabbing Can You Claim Compensation For?
- Getting Stabbed – Claiming With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
- Helpful Guides And Further Information
If you are eligible to claim compensation for being stabbed and your claim is made via the CICA, you would receive a payout that is in accordance with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 if your claim is successful. Within the scheme is a tariff which lists a range of injuries and their compensation amounts.
The table below contains some figures from the tariff, aside from the top figure, which is purely illustrative.
|Multiple serious criminal injuries inclusive of special expenses.
|A combination of injuries resulting in special expenses payouts such as for loss of income and medical expenses, for example.
|Up to £500,000
|Loss of both kidneys or where only one is functional, loss of that one.
|Mental injury that is permanent in nature that is seriously disabling.
|An injury that required a tracheotomy and the extensive repair or removal of 1+ organs.
|Tendon, Ligament or Cartilage Damage in the Upper Limbs
|Both arms are severely damaged causing significant and continuing disability.
|Tendon, Ligament or Cartilage Damage in the Lower Limbs
|Severe damage to one leg resulting in a continuing significant disability.
|Injury that requires a laparoscopy or laparotomy including the repair of 3 or more organs.
|Both lungs have been punctured.
|Scarring to Upper Limbs
|Scarring that causes a serious disfigurement.
It is important to note that the CICA only pays out for the three most serious injuries. The first most serious injury would be compensated for at 100% of the tariff rate, while the second and third would be compensated at 30% and 15% of the tariff rate, respectively.
You may also receive special expenses if you qualify. You would need to have been off work due to your injuries for more than 28 weeks to be eligible, and the costs and losses you have sustained must have been reasonably incurred.
You would also only receive special expenses if the costs you incurred were not available free of charge from another source. If you cannot see your injury in the table, or you would like further guidance on how much you could claim, please contact an advisor.
Now that we have shared some examples of how much compensation for being stabbed you could receive through the CICA, you will also need to be aware of the eligibility criteria you must meet to make a claim.
To be eligible to pursue a criminal injury claim through the CICA, you must:
- Have reported the incident to the police.
- Have been injured in a crime of violence. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 provides examples of incidents that are considered a crime of violence. Some examples include an attack, a threat of attack and arson.
- Prove that the incident took place in England, Wales, Scotland or another relevant place, such as a boat registered to one of these countries.
- Start your claim within the relevant time limits (this is generally two years from the date you reported the incident to the police).
To find out if you could be eligible to make a claim through the CICA, or to learn what to do if you get stabbed, you can contact our advisors.
In this section, we look at how to claim if you were a victim of knife crime. The first step if you are making a claim through the CICA for injuries from stab wounds is reporting the incident to the police.
You will need your police reference number to claim. The CICA will liaise with the police. Additionally, there is no requirement for the perpetrator to have been caught or charged with the crime.
The CICA will also ask for proof that you meet the residency requirements and medical evidence. If you are claiming for special expenses, you will need to submit evidence of relevant financial losses.
Special expenses cover necessary and reasonable costs that were incurred due to your injuries. For example, you could recover the costs of relied-on equipment, such as glasses that were broken in the attack.
You may also wonder if you could claim for someone else getting stabbed, such as a loved one. If your relative died because of a violent crime and you qualify, you might be eligible for a bereavement payment, a child’s payment or a dependency payment.
Call our advisors to make a claim through the CICA today.
There are various injuries that could be caused by a stabbing. Some examples may include:
- Cuts/lacerations – If the skin is punctured by a knife, this could lead to infection, or permanent scarring, for example.
- Tendon and nerve damage – If a knife hits a tendon or nerve, this could cause it to be lacerated or, in serious cases, severed.
- Organ damage – Depending on where a person has been stabbed, they could suffer damage to their internal organs such as their lungs, kidneys and liver. In certain circumstances, these injuries can be fatal.
- Psychological injuries – Those who have been stabbed could also suffer from a psychological injury due to the event, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To find out whether you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation for being stabbed through the CICA, you can contact our advisory team. They can also help answer any questions you may have about the criminal injuries compensation claims process.
When making a criminal injury claim for being stabbed, you might want to consider being legally represented. One of our solicitors could help you with your case, as they have experience handling a wide variety of criminal injury claims, including those of someone getting stabbed in an act of violence. Additionally, they may offer to represent you with a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement.
Under this kind of No Win No Fee agreement, you generally are not expected pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor for their services. You are also usually not expected to pay them for their services if the claim fails. However, if you successfully receive compensation for getting stabbed, you will pay your solicitor a success fee from your compensation. The success is a legally capped amount.
Do not hesitate to contact our advisors today if you have been involved in a stabbing or knife related crime and are wondering whether you could make a claim. Our friendly team are available 24/7 to offer you free legal advice and answer any questions you may have about criminal injury claims.
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Here are some relevant further resources that could aid your understanding of what happens when you get stabbed and how to claim compensation after a stabbing:
- What kinds of personal injuries are there?
- Did your stabbing happen at work?
- How much compensation could I receive for an assault?
- Do I call for an emergency?
- Crime Statistics
If you have any queries about the average compensation for being stabbed, contact our advisors.