How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Criminal Injury?

If you are wondering, ‘how long do I have to claim for a criminal injury?’, this guide could help. We will explain within this guide the time limits you must adhere to when making a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

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Additionally, we will explain the specific criteria you must meet when claiming through the CICA for your criminal injury. We will also share the evidence you will need to present when making your claim with them. Furthermore, we will share the various benefits of making a claim with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

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How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Criminal Injury?

When making a claim through the CICA for your criminal injury, you must ensure your claim is made within the correct time limit. Generally, you will have 2 years to start your claim from the date you reported the incident to the police. You are expected to do this right away unless you can prove that exceptional circumstances stopped you from doing so.

In the next section, we will discuss the exceptions to this time limit, and later in this guide, we will discuss the criteria you must meet to be able to claim through the CICA.

What Are The Exceptions To The Time Limit?

As stated above, exceptions could be made for the aforementioned time limit. However, for an exception to be made, you must prove that you were unable to start your claim within this time due to exceptional circumstances preventing you.

Additionally, exceptions can be made for claims involving children. If you were under the age of 18 when the incident occurred, and you reported it to the police, but you didn’t make a claim, you will have 2 years in which to begin your claim from your 18th birthday. However, if the incident wasn’t reported to the police, you will have 2 years from the date you do report it. Again you will need to prove exceptional circumstances caused a delay in reporting this incident.

You can contact one of our advisors to see whether you have enough time to start your claim. If you do, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

Criteria To Claim Criminal Injuries Compensation

The CICA can handle claims for those who have been criminally injured. For example, they could handle claims being made for:

In order to make a claim through the CICA, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have been injured in a crime of violence as defined by the CICA. Some examples include arson, sexual abuse, or a violent attack.
  2. It must have taken place in Great Britain or another relevant place, such as a ship registered to a British country. 
  3. The incident must have been reported to the police.
  4. You must make your claim within the time limits stated above.

Contact our advisors today if you are unsure how to make a criminal injury claim through the CICA. You could be provided with legal representation if you have a strong case.

Evidence Supporting Your Criminal Injury Claim

If you are making a claim through the CICA, you may be asked to provide the following evidence:

  1. A police reference number as evidence that you reported the incident.
  2. Evidence that you meet the residency requirements.
  3. Medical evidence

It is important to note that the CICA may need to liaise with the police to confirm your conduct or to see whether you have a criminal record or unspent criminal convictions. Both of these factors can impact the amount you receive, or see an award withheld altogether. 

Contact one of our advisors if you would like to discuss your case further. They could also answer any questions you may have about making a claim through the CICA.

Examples Of Criminal Injuries Compensation Payouts

When making a claim through the CICA, if your claim is successful, you will receive compensation for the criminal injuries you suffered. 

Your injuries will be valued in line with the tariff of injuries that is set out in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. We have used the figures listed in the tariff of injuries to create the following table.

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Injury Notes Compensation
Brain damage – Moderate Moderate brain damage causes an intellectual deficit and personality change with them slightly depending on others. £55,000
Arm The dominant arm suffers with paralysis or another equivalent loss of function. £44,000
Leg One leg has been lost below the knee. £33,000
Finger and thumb Two or more fingers have been lost. £11,000
Sexual assault of a person of any age A pattern of frequent severe abuse for up to 3 years. £6,600
Physical abuse of adults A pattern of repetitive severe abuse that results in a minor disfigurement. £5,500
Lung Both lungs have been punctured. £4,600
Shoulder One shoulder has been dislocated, resulting in a continuing significant disability. £3,500
Ankle One ankle has been fractured or dislocated but has made a substantial recovery. £2,400
Teeth Damage to one or more front teeth requiring crowns. £1,000

Examples Of Special Expenses

Additionally, you could be compensated for your special expenses as part of your claim. This could include:

  • Any equipment you relied on as a physical aid, such as your glasses, that was damaged in the incident.
  • Care costs relating to your bodily functions, food preparation or supervising you to prevent you from causing substantial danger to yourself or others.
  • Home adaptations that are needed to cope with your injury, such as a ramp.
  • Any equipment needed to cope with your injury, such as a specially adapted car.

All of these costs must have been necessary and directly caused by your injury. They also cannot be available for free anywhere else.

You may also be able to make a claim for your loss of earnings. However, you must meet certain criteria to be able to do so.

Contact our advisors today if you are wondering how much compensation for criminal injuries could be awarded. They could also inform you of the requirements you must meet to claim for a loss of earnings.

Why Choose Our No Win No Fee Criminal Injury Claim Solicitors?

One of our solicitors could help you with your claim. They have extensive experience handling various criminal injury claims. Additionally, one of our solicitors may offer to work with you on a No Win No Fee basis with a Conditional Fee Agreement in place.  

When you make a claim with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis, you are usually not expected to pay them anything upfront for their services. This also includes any ongoing service fees. Furthermore, you will not be obligated to pay them for the services they have provided you if the claim fails. However, you will pay them a success fee if they succeed with your case. Your solicitor will deduct this success fee from your compensation award, and the portion they can take is capped by law.

Contact one of our advisors today to be connected with one of our solicitors. Additionally, they could help answer questions such as ‘how long do I have to claim for a criminal injury?’

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Edited by FS