What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Maximum Payout? CICA Payout Amounts Explained

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 8th July 2022Welcome to our guide looking at the criminal injuries compensation authority maximum payout. If you’ve suffered injuries following a violent crime against you, did you realise that there’s a scheme that could compensate you? We provide guidance on how to get criminal compensation payouts and CICA payout amounts here. Plus, we include details of the CICA tariff table for 2022 claims, explaining what the maximum CICA award is, and how CICA compensation amounts change depending on the number of injuries you have. We also look at questions such as ‘what evidence can I gather to help claim criminal compensation payouts?’ If you’re interested in CICA payouts because you believe you could be eligible for criminal injuries compensation payouts, we also show you how to start a claim and the CICA compensation amounts you could receive.

CICA compensation amounts – What do I need to know?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government scheme set up to compensate crime victims who’ve suffered physical or psychological injuries in crimes such as assault, sexual assault, sexual abuse, robbery, and some historical crimes. And this helps the claimant to receive the maximum CICA award possible.

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Criminal injuries compensation maximum payout guide

As the scheme is funded by the government, it’s understandable that CICA payout amounts are lower than personal injury claims. In this guide, we’re going to look at what the criminal injuries compensation maximum payout is. We’ll also look at what crimes could entitle you to claim, how much compensation you could receive and how to hire a criminal injury solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis.


Information On CICA Payout Amounts

Accident Claims UK has a team of advisors ready to help you begin a claim. They start by offering a no-obligation assessment of the case and free legal advice. If there’s a chance of success, they could introduce you to one of our specialist solicitors. To help make the process of claiming less stressful, any claim they take on is handled on a No Win No Fee basis.

To begin your claim straight away for CICA payout amounts, please call us today to speak to a claims officer on 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, to find out more about making a criminal injuries compensation claim, please continue reading.

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A Guide To Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Maximum Payouts

If you suffer an injury in an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence, you can sometimes claim compensation through a personal injury claim. However, if you’re the victim of a violent crime, if the criminal doesn’t have the means to pay compensation, you might not be able to claim them. That’s where the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority could help you.

The CICA scheme is available to violent crime victims where the crime occurred in England, Wales or Scotland. It can pay compensation to cover physical injuries, sexual or physical abuse and disabling mental injuries.

The criteria for making a CICA claim are different from normal personal injury claims, so we’ll review these as we progress through this guide. You must file your claim properly because once it’s been settled, you’re unable to ask for further CICA payout amounts.

How we can help

Our specialist criminal injury solicitors have experience in making all sorts of criminal injury claim and know what to include to try and ensure you receive the maximum CICA payout amounts possible in your case. We’d advise having a specialist on your side to try and avoid missing out on compensation that could be needed to aid your recovery.

One key piece of advice we can offer is to start your claim as soon as possible. That’s because the time limit for claiming is generally 2-years from the date of the crime (although there are some exceptions). This is less than the normal personal injury claims time limit of 3-years. 2-years might seem like a long time, but if you choose to work with one of our solicitors, they’ll need time to prepare your claim and carry out tasks such as gathering medical reports and evidence.

Please contact a team member when you’re ready to begin to discuss your criminal injuries compensation maximum payout.

What Is The CICA?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is an executive agency that is sponsored by the UK government. Based in Glasgow, they deal with over 30,000 claims each year and payout more than £130 million to victims of violent crime.

The CICA consider applications based on the criteria defined in the government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which defines when they can payout and how much CICA payout amounts could be.

CICA is an alternative to a civil claim or personal injury claim. While it’s OK to seek compensation from the criminal, if you do so, CICA will expect you to pay their compensation back.

When could I claim?

The CICA can award compensation for mental or physical injuries sustained during violent crimes. While the rules state that a 2-year time limit applies, in cases involving extreme circumstances, the time limit could be extended. This could involve scenarios where your injuries left you unable to begin a claim. For cases of historical sex offences, the time limit will usually apply from when you reported the crime to the police.

For further advice on when you could claim for a criminal injury, and CICA payout amounts please speak with a member of our team today.

Payments Which The CICA Could Make

Here is the full list of reasons why CICA might consider making a payment from the scheme:

  • Physical or mental injuries sustained during a violent crime.
  • Sexual or physical abuse.
  • Loss of earnings when your earning capacity is limited as a direct result of your injuries.
  • Fatalities caused by violent crimes. This could include payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency, a bereavement payment and also payments to cover funeral expenses.
  • Special damages.

Each claim for a criminal injuries compensation maximum payout is assessed following the scheme’s eligibility criteria. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to make a claim, please continue reading or speak to a member of our team for free legal advice on your criminal compensation payouts.

Payments Made Through The Hardship Fund?

In some cases, the CICA may decide that your injuries are not serious enough to meet their compensation criteria. In these cases, you may be eligible to receive a payment from the hardship fund. This is generally only for very low paid workers who cannot work temporarily due to a violent crime. Note: the hardship fund is only for residents of England and Wales.

Minimum And Maximum Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Tariffs

According to CICA documentation, the criminal injuries compensation maximum payout amount is £250,000 based on the tariff of injuries. However, when all other aspects of the claim are considered, there is an upper limit of £500,000.

When you make a claim, it will be considered against the tariff of injuries which details a compensation amount for each injury. If the total amount of your claim is valued at less than £1,000, then no compensation will be awarded.

When you speak with a team member, your claim will be assessed on a no-obligation basis. If the advisor believes you have a chance of success, they’ll refer you to a specialist solicitor. After they’ve reviewed your claim, they should be able to estimate the maximum criminal injuries compensation you could be entitled to receive.

CICA Bereavement Tariffs

A qualifying relative may claim a bereavement award for cases involving fatal injuries. The amount payable is £11,000 in cases where a single claimant exists. In the case where multiple relatives make a successful claim, they’ll receive £5,500 each.

Special Expenses Which The CICA Could Award

Under the CICA scheme, there are several ‘special expenses’ that could be claimed to cover certain costs incurred due to your injuries.

Special expenses can only be considered if you can show that the product or service you’re claiming for couldn’t be paid for by other services such as the benefits system or the NHS. Also, the expense you’re claiming must be necessary, caused as a direct result of your injury and reasonable.

CICA payout amounts for special expense claims could include:

  • Personal Property Damage.
    This can be for any item that you relied on as a physical aid (which you owned) that was damaged during the incident. For instance, you could claim dentures, walking sticks or spectacles. You will need to provide receipts as evidence that you paid for these items.
  • NHS Treatment.
    You could also claim for any costs that arise as a direct result of NHS treatment.
  • Special Equipment.
    If your injuries mean that you need physical aids like adapted vehicles, kitchen implements or walking aids, then you could include the cost in your claim.
  • Home Adaptations.
    Adaptations to the inside or outside of your home could improve your ability to get around, or your independence could also be considered.
  • Care Costs.
    If you require support with bodily functions or preparation of meals, then you could claim back any associated costs.

As mentioned earlier, you must claim for everything you might be entitled to at the same time. Our solicitors could help make sure your claim is submitted properly to try and ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation for your injuries. Please call a member of our team for free advice on claiming.

CICA Payout Amounts Awarded For The Loss Of Earnings

When you’re unable to work as a direct result of a criminal injury, you could be entitled to claim for a loss of earnings payment.

The injuries you sustained during the crime must result in a total inability to work or lead to a very limited ability to work. To be eligible to claim a criminal injuries compensation maximum payout, you’ll need to show that:

  • You were employed at the time of the incident; or
  • There is a long history of work or a reason why you don’t have such a history, for the 3-years before the incident. For instance, you may have caring responsibilities, be in full-time education or unable to work due to your age; and
  • The length of your loss was over 28 full weeks. Loss of earnings cannot be claimed for the first 28-weeks.

Loss of earnings payments are based on the current Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rate at the time of the claim.

Could The CICA Withhold Or Reduce My Settlement?

When you claim through the CICA scheme, your settlement could be reduced or refused for several reasons. They include:

  • If you haven’t reported the crime to police. Also, your claim could be withheld if you didn’t report the crime as soon as possible.
  • When you haven’t co-operated fully with the police or criminal justice system. You are expected to have done as much as possible to try and help the police catch the person responsible for your injuries (although they don’t need to have been).
  • If you haven’t cooperated with CICA fully. This means you need to respond to queries from the CICA as soon as possible, update them with any change of circumstances, inform them of anything that could affect the claim, you fail to attend a medical assessment, or you exaggerate your injuries.
  • If your actions before the crime contributed to it occurring.
  • When you have unspent criminal convictions, in general, this means that the more serious a crime you’ve convicted in the past, the more likely it is that your payment can be withdrawn or reduced.

To find out if you’ll be eligible for a CICA compensation payment, please discuss your case with a member of our team.

Appealing A Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Decision

The CICA consider all cases based on the scheme’s criteria. That means an assessor will consider your claim and the evidence you’ve supplied to determine whether you’re eligible to receive compensation and how much you might be entitled to.

In some cases, where you’re unhappy with the outcome, you might want to appeal the outcome of your claim; it can be sent back for re-assessment by a more senior member of the CICA team. You should bear in mind that the criminal injuries compensation maximum payout or the decision might not be changed.

Our advice is that you should consider letting one of our specialist personal injury solicitors help you prepare your case to try and ensure enough supporting evidence is submitted and that the application is filed correctly.

Please call an advisor today if you’d like help making a CICA claim for an injury or injuries sustained in a violent crime against you.

Applying For Compensation From The CICA

Ensuring that you file an application to the CICA scheme is important because if you forget something, you won’t be able to claim again after your initial case is settled. Therefore, we’d advise speaking with a member of our team for advice on your options.

As mentioned earlier, you should apply within the relevant time limit. For adult cases, this is generally a 2-year period. For cases involving children under-18, the CICA recommendation is to claim as soon as possible, but they will consider them later.

Finally, you should only apply if you cannot seek compensation through other routes, such as a civil claim against the criminal responsible for your injuries.

Calculating CICA Payout Amounts For CICA Criminal Injury Claims

Now that we’ve explained the maximum criminal injuries compensation amount that’s possible and the process for claiming, we’re going to concentrate on how much compensation you could receive. Because every claim is different, we’ve provided the table below, which contains some potential criminal injuries compensation amounts rather than a personal injuries compensation calculator.

InjuryCompensationDetailed Information
Ear£11,000The loss of one ear.
Jaw£3,500A dislocated jaw leading to a continued significant disability.
Face£11,000Multiple fractures to the face (Le Forte types 1 and 2)
Neck£3,500Whiplash injuries or a strained neck (non-permanent)
Arms£82,000The loss of one arm with no remaining hand or arm function.
Hand£6,200Fracture to both hands leading to continuing significant disability.
Legs£4,600A fractured femur resulting in continuing significant disability.
Feet£13,500Fractured tarsal bones, in both feet, causing significant disability.
Thumbs£55,000Loss of both thumbs

The figures relating to criminal compensation payouts in the table are taken from the CICA tariff of injuries. As the tariff is quite a large document, we’ve only included a selection of different injuries. Therefore, don’t worry if you can’t see an injury that matches your claim. We’ll be able to provide a personalised compensation estimate once your claim has been assessed.

As the amount of compensation is based on the severity of your injuries, our solicitors will arrange for a local medical assessment as part of the claims process. The specialist will review your injuries and ask several questions about how you’ve been affected. They’ll then produce a report to provide information on what injuries you sustained, what affect they had on you and if there will be any long-term suffering.

CICA Payout Amounts for Special Damages

As well as claiming for your injuries, several special expenses can be included in a CICA scheme related to additional costs you’ve incurred as a direct result of your injuries. We provided details on these special expenses earlier, but as a reminder, they could include lost earnings, medical costs, care costs and the cost of any home adaptations.

To find out more about what you can include in your claim, please speak with a member of our team and explain how you’ve suffered. And we can then advise you on what your criminal injuries compensation maximum payout may be.

No Win No Fee Criminal Injury Claims For CICA Payout Amounts

We know that making a criminal injuries compensation claim can be stressful. This is particularly the case when you begin to consider the costs involved. So that we can reduce that stress while still providing access to justice, our solicitors provide a No Win No Fee service for all claims they take on.

When your case has been reviewed, if the solicitor believes they could make a successful claim, and you’re happy to proceed, you’ll be provided with a No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

The main benefits of funding your case with a CFA include:

  • There is no fees payable upfront which means your case can begin right away.
  • You won’t be asked to pay any solicitor’s fees during the claims process.
  • If the claim fails, you won’t be asked to pay any solicitor’s fees.

If a claim is won by your personal injury lawyer, they’ll retain a small percentage of your compensation (a success fee) to help cover their costs. This is known as a success fee which will be listed in the CFA and capped by legislation.

Enquire today to find out if making a criminal injuries compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis is possible in your case.

Begin A Criminal Injuries Case To Fight For The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Maximum Payout

If you’ve read this guide about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority maximum payout and have now decided that you’d like to make a CICA claim, here’s how you can contact Accident Claims UK.

We operate our claims line 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. This could allow you to begin your claim when it suits you. An advisor will begin by reviewing your claim along with any supporting evidence. They’ll provide free legal advice. Where there’s a chance of success, will refer you to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors. Remember, any claim they agree to take on for a criminal injuries compensation maximum payout will be handled on a No Win No Fee basis.

Criminal Injuries Compensation and CICA Payout Amounts FAQs 

Criminal injuries compensation- how long does it take to receive criminal compensation payouts? 

There’s no one answer to how long it will take you to receive compensation through CICA. As each case needs to be investigated, complex cases will take longer to be finalised. iIn such cases, it will take longer for you to receive your compensation.

The amount that you could be entitled to may depend on the long-term effects that your injuries have on you. Therefore, it may not be possible for a CICA decision-maker to value your claim if you’re still receiving medical treatment. Or, if the full effects of your injury are not yet known. Due to this it may take longer for you to receive a payout

If you’re wondering what CICA claim waiting time you may be able to expect, we can look at thethe Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review 2020. It revealed that, in 2018/19, CICA resolved 81% of over 35,000 claims within 12 months. And 45% of cases were decided within six months of application.

My injuries occured over two years ago. Can I still claim criminal compensation payouts and would it affect CICA payout amounts?

The CICA claims time limit for you to apply for criminal compensation payouts is usually two years from the date of the crime. However, you could still be in a position to submit a claim after this. After all, there are certain circumstances which may have prevented you from reporting the crime to the police.

For example, cases of sexual abuse during childhood, or while you are still living with the victim may be difficult to deal with. You may also be suffering from psychological trauma which has prevented you from accepting what has happened to you. This could be true of cases involving rape or sexual abuse or assault, for example.

Getting help

Have been the victim of any criminal injuries and have not felt able to report to the police before? If so, and you are now ready to do so, there are many Victim Support services that could help you. If you’d like to know whether you could claim compensation, we would be delighted to assess your case. We know it could be difficult to talk about what has happened. Our advisors will handle your case with the sensitivity it deserves. We want to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Another instance where you may be able to submit a claim would be if no one claimed for you as a child. In such cases you could have up until your 20th birthday to claim. Again, we would be delighted to help you with this.

Criminal Injury Statistics Relating To Criminal Compensation Payouts

If we look at the Crime Survey for England and Wales for 2021, covering the 12-month period to June 2021, you may be surprised to see that incidences of crime have dropped somewhat. However, the level of violent crime has remained similar to figures from the previous year. You may be interested in seeing the statistics below.

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Can you claim CICA twice and receive criminal compensation payouts each time?

You can’t claim twice for the same crime, though a claim could re-open depending on its circumstances.

Can I claim the criminal injuries compensation authority maximum payout if I have a criminal record?

If you have an unspent conviction on the day that you apply for compensation, you won’t receive such an award.

Do criminal compensation payouts or CICA payout amounts affect benefits?

CICA compensation does come under consideration for the DWP when they determine the value of current or future benefits.

Can you claim the criminal injuries compensation authority maximum payout without a conviction?

Yes, you can claim compensation even if nobody ends up receiving a conviction for the original incident despite it being reported to the police.

Is the criminal injuries compensation authority maximum payout taxable?

No, claimants don’t have to pay any tax on their criminal injuries compensation.

Can I sue the person who assaulted me?

You do have the opportunity to sue your attacker, though it doesn’t affect any CICA compensation that you may receive.

How long does it take to get CICA payouts?

The CICA sets targets for how long it takes to decide on claims. According to their annual report, the below graph shows how long it could take to get an initial decision on a claim. 

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Where can I find figures from the CICA tariff table for 2022 claims?

If you’re looking for figures from the CICA tariff table for 2022 claims, you could look at the examples we’ve included on this page. However, if you have received an injury we haven’t included here, we could give you further insight over the phone. There are lots of other injuries included in the full tariff table. 

What could impact CICA compensation amounts?

There are various factors that could impact CICA compensation amounts. You could, in some cases, receive loss of earnings payouts, as we explained earlier in this guide. Also, your compensation could include more than one injury. However, as we have explained, these would not all be compensated for at the full tariff rate. 

What evidence can I gather to help claim criminal compensation payouts?

Depending on the nature of the criminal act that caused your injuries, the evidence you could gather to help claim criminal compensation payouts could include:

Police reports. When you report the incident to the police, they would investigate and write a report. This could be useful when proving your claim.

Witness details. If there were any witnesses, it could be useful to get their contact details.

Photographs. If you have photographic evidence of your injuries, this could be useful when claiming criminal compensation payouts. 

Medical evidence. You may need to see an independent medic to verify your injuries. This is vital in claiming criminal injuries compensation payouts. The medical evidence could significantly impact CICA compensation amounts.

Financial documentation. It could be beneficial to keep copies of any documentation relating to costs and losses caused by your injuries. In some cases, some of these costs could be included in criminal compensation payouts. However, CICA compensation amounts for expenses are calculated differently from many other injury claims. 

When you claim compensation for criminal injuries, it could be wise to have a lawyer on your side. That way, you can allow them to help you gather the evidence you need to prove your claim. A solicitor could use their knowledge and experience to help you get the CICA compensation amounts you deserve. While it could be possible to claim criminal compensation payouts yourself without a lawyer many claimants prefer to have one. Solicitors could make the process easier and less stressful.

I have further questions about CICA payouts, can you help?

If you have further questions about CICA payouts, the CICA tariff table for 2022 claims or anything else about making a claim, we would be happy to help you. We could speak to you about your case, and check your eligibility. We would be happy to advise you on what steps you could take to start a claim too. Our friendly, knowledgeable team are ready and willing to help you with your claim.

Criminal Injury Claim Resources Relating To The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Maximum Payout

This is the final section of our guide about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority maximum payout and CICA payout amounts. To help you further, we’ve provided some links to additional guides relating to criminal compensation payouts. We also offer helpful external resources. Please speak with an advisor if you require any further information.

NHS Broken Bones – Information from the NHS could help you determine if you’ve broken a bone.

Report A Crime – A guide that explains the different ways in which you could report a crime to the police.

Victim Support – A charity that aims to support the victims of crime and traumatic events.

Assault Compensation Claims – Guidance on how you could claim compensation following a criminal assault.

Claiming For Historical Abuse – Information on how you could be entitled to claim for historical sexual abuse outside of the CICA time limits.

Fatal Accident Claims – This guide provides information on claiming for wrongful death and fatal accidents.

Final Words On CICA Payout Amounts

Thank you for reading our guide on the criminal injuries compensation maximum payout. For further information on CICA payout amounts or to ask us questions about criminal injury payouts we’ve achieved previously, please contact our team.