By Mark Anderson. Last Updated 3rd March 2021. Welcome to our guide on claiming compensation for being stabbed. Being the victim of a stabbing incident is a traumatic ordeal. It can also have a significant impact on the future quality of your life. If you have been the victim of a violent assault that has resulted in a stab wound, then you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Accident Claims can help you to achieve the compensation you deserve. Although money will not be able to undo the ordeal you have experienced, it may help you to adjust to your change in circumstances and move forward with your life. Please call Accident Claims today for more information, and we can talk you through the process of making a claim. Our number is 0800 073 8801.
You may also find it helpful to read on through this guide to find out more about seeking compensation for a stabbing.
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- A Guide To Compensation Claims For Stab Wounds
- What Are Stab Wounds?
- Knife Crime And Stabbing Statistics
- How To Help Someone Who Has Been Stabbed
- Should You Remove The Knife Or Other Object From The Victims Wound?
- What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority And Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme?
- A Case Study Of A Victim Awarded Compensation For Stab Wounds
- What Evidence Do Criminal Injury Compensation Claims Require?
- Claiming Compensation For Unprovoked Criminal Injuries
- What Could My Criminal Compensation Or Stab Wound Claim Include?
- How Does The Severity Of My Injury Affect How Much Compensation My Stabbing Claim Could Be Worth?
- Calculating Compensation For Victims Of Stab Wounds
- How To Seek Criminal Compensation For A Stabbing
- How Accident Claims UK Can Help You Make A Stabbing Compensation Claim
- Contact Our Team To Start Your Stabbing Compensation Claim
- Helpful Guides And Further Information
Unfortunately, we have seen a large rise in knife crime and stab wounds in the UK over the last few years. Whether you’ve read about stabbings in the media or seen the news on TV, you’ll know that reports seem to be coming through more frequently than they did some years ago. A stab wound can be relatively minor, causing a flesh wound that is relatively easy to mend.
There is a chance, however, that a stab wound will be much more serious. A knife that goes deep into the body or enters the body in a particularly vulnerable place could cause serious harm and even death. Severed arteries and organ damage can result quite easily and quickly in a fatality. If you have been the victim of a stab wound, then the chances are you will be able to make a personal injury claim for your pain and suffering and any losses you have experienced as a result.
The sooner you seek a personal injury solicitor, the greater your chance of success in receiving compensation for a stabbing. It is essential to seek medical help as soon as possible, both to improve your chances of a full recovery and to provide strong evidence for your stabbing claim. Accident Claims can provide you with strong legal representation to ensure you receive compensation for being stabbed.
A stab wound is a bodily injury resulting from a knife or similar weapon. The medical terminology for a stab wound is penetrating trauma, usually to a depth that measures greater than the length of injury at the surface of the skin.
The legal definition is similar but states that the wound would appear to have been inflicted by another individual. Whatever type of stab wound you have received, it is likely to leave you not only with physical symptoms but with emotional trauma as well. Hence why you could claim compensation for being stabbed.
The UK, as a whole, has been seeing an increase in knife crime over the past decade. This has been a particular problem in London. The highest rates of knife crime take place in London whilst the lowest are recorded in Surrey. In the 12 month period between March 2017 to March 2018, there were 40,147 knife crime offences recorded. This was a 16% increase on the previous year. The NHS has reported a 7% increase in admissions for assault with a sharp object. 2017/18 saw 5053 finished consultant episodes for assault by a sharp object in English hospitals alone.
|Recorded offences involving knife crime in the UK over the past 9 years|
It is crucial to get help for a stabbing victim as soon as possible as loss of blood and damage to internal organs can quickly lead to loss of life. Although it may seem like a terrifying situation to be in, the steps you need to take are relatively straightforward to remember. It’s key to remember these both for the situation and as evidence when claiming compensation for being stabbed.
- Apply pressure to the wound. Do so by identifying where the blood loss is occurring and press on that area.
- Call emergency services. Dialling 999 can save somebody’s life. If an individual has been stabbed, they need medical attention urgently. Be sure to let the emergency services know how serious the situation is.
- Continue applying pressure until the ambulance arrives and the experts can take over.
If you find a stabbing victim, you will no doubt wish to help them. Sometimes the attacker will have removed the weapon from the victim’s body to avoid being traced, as the fingerprints may be present on the knife. If this is the case, then you will need to apply pressure to the wound to try and slow the blood loss. If, however, the knife is still embedded in the wound, then you may be unsure what to do. The best thing you can do in this situation is to leave the knife where it is. Removing the knife yourself can cause the victim to lose blood more quickly and may even cause more bodily damage. The hospital will have the correct knowledge and tools to remove the knife as safely as possible.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is an organisation that enables individuals to receive compensation for criminal injury even if their attacker is not caught or fails to be convicted. They are a government-funded organisation. The way the CICA work is that your injury is assessed and allocated a financial value. If you receive compensation for being stabbed, the calculation of your final award will be based on this financial evaluation which will vary depending on how serious your injury is.
You are eligible to apply to the criminal injuries compensation scheme if you have been a victim of violent crime in the UK. There are, however, several criteria that you would need to fulfil. Here is a summary:
- The incident should have happened within the last 2 years unless the injury took place in childhood.
- A medical examination is required to verify your injury.
- There is a minimum compensation award, so your injuries must be serious enough to meet this.
- You must have made a report to the police.
- There should be no close link between you and the attacker that would mean that the attacker would benefit from your award.
- Your behaviour should not have contributed to the attack. If it is proved that you acted in a threatening or aggressive way, then your claim will not be successful.
This case study of a person who received compensation for stab wounds may illustrate some of the information we have highlighted in this guide. It involved a 25-year-old Polish man working in the UK, helping to build the Olympic village in East London.
The man in question was travelling with a friend on a night bus when he was threatened by another passenger with a knife. The attacker was upset by the victim’s cheerful behaviour. There was a verbal exchange and a scuffle, and then the victim was stabbed two times through his heart. His injuries were extremely serious, and he suffered from a lack of oxygen to his brain. Although the victim survived his injuries, he lost his sight and suffered ongoing and serious cognitive impairment. The victim will never be able to walk again and will require the use of a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He needs 24-hour care.
The victims family applied to the criminal injuries compensation scheme to claim compensation for the stabbing. The criminal injuries compensation authority refused to make a payment, however, as they stated that the victim’s conduct was instrumental in causing the attack to happen. The victim had been drinking alcohol before the attack, and it was claimed that he was provocative and made racist taunts towards the attacker. The family of the victim struggled to find legal representation from any legal firm.
When the family eventually found a solicitor that was willing to challenge the criminal injuries compensation authority, it was found that the attacker’s response to the victim’s behaviour was disproportionate. The tribunal agreed to award the victim half of the potential maximum award. This reduction was made as a result of the victim’s conduct. The victim received £250,000 in compensation for being stabbed, which will go some way to improving the quality of his life.
As a rule, you do not generally need to attend court to make a compensation claim for a stabbing with the criminal injuries compensation authority. The decision is usually made based on the injuries you have suffered. You will, however, be required to provide some evidence. A full medical examination is the main way of providing evidence. The CICA will need to know the full extent of the injuries you have suffered to assess the financial award you will be eligible for. You must also be able to provide a police report. This requires you to contact the police following the attack. The police will then give you a reference number and will investigate the attack further.
It can also help to get a statement and some contact details from anybody who witnessed the attack and take photographs of your injuries so that you have a good file of evidence to back up your case. You may also wish to keep receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of your injuries. You may be able to claim these back as part of your compensation for being attacked.
If you have been one of the unfortunate victims of stabbing in the UK, then you may be able to claim stab wound compensation. However, the CICA will only be able to offer compensation for a stabbing where it can be proved that the injury occurred through no fault of your own. If you were going about your business and an attacker approached you and injured you with a knife whilst trying to rob you, then you would have a strong case to claim compensation for a violent crime.
However, if you willingly became involved in a fight and were stabbed as a result of this fight, then the CICA may decide that you played a significant part in the incident and, as a result, may refuse compensation. You must therefore prove that the attack was entirely unprovoked to be successful in your claim for compensation for being stabbed.
Stab wounds can cause severe harm to the victim. If you have received an injury caused by a knife in an unprovoked attack, then you may be able to claim the following types of compensation.
- General damages. Compensation for general damages will compensate you for any pain and suffering that you have experienced throughout the process. This can include both the initial injury and any ongoing pain or disability suffered due to the injury. Very unlucky victims may suffer the after-effects of an attack for the rest of their lives. The injury covered under the heading of general damages includes physical and psychological damage, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety and depression.
- Medical damages. If you have incurred out of pocket expenses whilst receiving treatment or rehabilitation following your injury, then you can usually claim this back as part of your legal case. Be sure to keep any documents and receipts that show you have made a payment that is directly connected to your injury. It can include therapy costs and prescription charges, for example.
- Transport costs. If you have needed to pay transport costs as a result of your injury, then you can also claim these back. This can include transport to and from medical appointments. Be sure to keep receipts as proof.
- Care costs. If following your injuries, you have required care and assistance to help you complete your daily tasks, then the person caring for you can claim back the cost of their time.
- Loss of earnings. It can take a long time to recover from the serious injuries that are inflicted by a knife or other sharp object. You may, therefore, find that you cannot return to work for a significant period of time. Your injuries may even mean that you are unable to return to work at all. In this case, you may be reliant upon a compensation payment to assist you financially throughout the time that you are unable to earn a wage.
In general terms, the more severe your injury, the greater your compensation payout is likely to be. You can expect less money if you suffered a minor stab wound than someone who experienced serious blood loss and internal damage. Although you can use an online calculator to estimate your criminal injuries compensation, there is no substitute for an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the compensation you may be able to expect following your stabbing injury. Accident Claims can put you in touch with a solicitor who will be able to offer you further advice on how much compensation for being stabbed that you can expect to receive.
You may find this personal injury claims calculator helpful to work out how much compensation you may be entitled to following your stabbing injury. This table details the types of injuries you may have suffered following the incident and an estimate of the payout you may receive as a result.
|Type of injury||Details regarding severity||Potential payout|
|Severe psychological damage||The victim will struggle to cope with life and experience extreme vulnerability in the future.||£51,460 to £108,620|
|Moderately severe psychological damage||The victim will have significant problems coping with their life but have a more optimistic outlook.||£17,900 to £51,460|
|Moderate psychological damage||The victim may struggle with their life and relationships but the prognosis is good for recovery||£5,500 to £17,900|
|Severe post-traumatic stress disorder||The effects of PTSD will be permanent and the victim will struggle to work or even function.||£56,180 to £94,470|
|Moderate post-traumatic stress disorder||Recovery is expected and any ongoing effects should not be disabling||£7,680 to £21,730|
|Damage to the digestive system||Severe damage with ongoing pain||£40,370 to £58,100|
|Damage to the digestive system||Penetrating stab wounds||£15,750 to £26,050|
|Facial disfigurement||Very severe scarring where the victim is disfigured and has a severe psychological reaction||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Facial disfigurement||Less severe scarring where there is significant disfigurement and psychological reaction||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Facial disfigurement||Less significant with one or more scar that can be camouflaged but does not significantly affect the appearance.||£3,710 to £12,900|
No win no fee claims are often a great help to victims who are experiencing financial hardship following their injury. In a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor will not require any upfront payment. Legal fees are only payable if you win your case. Victims may otherwise be put off by the costs of hiring a solicitor, only to lose then their case as well as the investment in legal help. No win no fee ensures that there is no risk to the claimant.
You can also feel confident that if a solicitor agrees to take on your case, they believe you have a good chance of winning. If your solicitor loses the case, they don’t get paid and will therefore only take on cases that they feel are strong. A personal injury lawyer will not waste your time by working on personal injury claims that have little chance of succeeding.
Once you have decided that you would like to make a claim for compensation for being stabbed, it may be a little daunting to begin choosing your solicitor. Accident Claims are a friendly and approachable company with experience in this arena that can make this decision easier for you. We will put you in touch with one of our friendly and experienced personal injury solicitors who will be dedicated to your case to give you the best chance of winning.
Here at Accident Claims, we want to make the process as easy and stress-free for our clients as we possibly can. We acknowledge that you have been through a difficult time and need to put your time and energy into recovery. We will therefore handle the case on your behalf. We are always on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
Call us today at Accident Claims and let us handle your personal injury compensation claim. Our number is 0800 073 8801. We work on a no win, no fee basis and have many years experience in helping personal injury victims to win the compensation they are eligible for and deserve.
With most injures and claims, people like to do a lot of research. With this in mind, we are always happy to provide further reading suggestions for our readers.
What kinds of personal injuries are there? – Want to know what constitutes personal injuries. You may be surprised at what can be classed as one.
Did your stabbing happen at work? – Claims can be made for assaults at work too.
How much compensation could I receive for an assault? – Typical payout estimates for assault compensation claims.
Do I call for an emergency? – When something like a stabbing happens, would you know what to do?
Crime Statistics – Read more about statistics regarding UK crime.
Compensation For Being Stabbed FAQs
Could I receive compensation for being stabbed?
You could receive compensation after being the victim of a stabbing attack. There are two strands to the settlement figure. One of these is for general damages, which covers the pain and suffering, both physically and psychologically. And then we have special damages, which relate to other financial consequences stemming from the assault.
So, how much is criminal injury compensation?
CICA compensation figures amounts for any criminal injury cover the entire cost of the first and primary injury from the stabbing. This reduces to approximately 30% for the secondary injury and 15% for any smaller injuries.
How long does it take for stabbing victims to receive compensation?
In the aftermath, victims often receive a payment within a minimum of 30 days and within a maximum of 90 days. There are numerous factors that could influence the waiting time for compensation. This includes confirming how viable a claim is and ensuring all of the relevant evidence is available to hand.
Who has to pay compensation to the victim of a stabbing?
It’s the instigator of the crime who must make the required payment to the court. From there, the court passes the money onto the victim. In the meantime, the court ensures that the offender does pay the full compensation figure without any hassle.
Thank you for reading our guide about claiming compensation for being stabbed.