Advice On Making A Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim

Coming to harm at the hands of a criminal can be upsetting and traumatic. While money can’t reverse that, it can help. In this guide, we look at how to make a criminal injury claim for compensation.

Below, we look at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), its tariff for payouts and how our No Win No Fee solicitors can help you.

What Is A Criminal Injury And Can I Claim Compensation?

In order to make a criminal injury claim through the CICA, you must have been injured in a crime of violence. The CICA define a crime of violence as an attack, an omission or act of a violent nature that causes harm, a threat of attack, arson or sexual assault. There are various instances in which a claim can be made through the CICA for criminal injuries compensation. If you have suffered physical or mental harm due to any of the following, you could make a claim through the CICA:

  • Historical sexual abuse
  • Criminal assaults
  • Child abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Abuse in a school
  • Abuse by a sports coach

You could make a claim directly against the perpetrator, but you will need to know who the person is, and they will need to have enough funds to pay you compensation. Alternatively, you could make a claim against a vicariously liable party. This is when blame can be placed on a third party who owes you a duty of care, such as a school.

Contact our advisors today about starting a claim or for more information on how a CICA calculator could help value your claim.

Start Your Criminal Injury Claim

If you’re ready to begin a criminal injury claim with Accident Claims UK, then there a few ways in which you can contact us:

  • Give our advisers a call on 0800 073 8801 and discuss your claim right away.
  • Send details of your claim via email to
  • Ask us to call you back at a convenient time by filling in our online claims form.
  • Finally, you can chat online with an adviser using the live chat feature on any page of this website.

Our advisers understand that you might not be comfortable discussing personal issues. They’ll therefore deal with your enquiry sensitively and at your own pace. If you find it easier to write down what happened initially, please send details of your claim in an email, and we’ll get back to you.

When you do get in touch, we’ll never put any pressure on you, and you’re under no obligation to continue while we’re assessing your claim.

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