If you have been a victim of a criminal assault and you were innocent within the last 2 years contact LPS today.
LPS has dedicated solicitors that have helped thousands of people successfully claim compensation. We aim to the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim using our No Win No Fee claims process.
It is a sad fact of life that innocent people get injured during other people’s criminal activity. It is even sadder when they are deliberately attacked and assaulted by an offender. A criminal assault is a term that could be used to cover such events as a violent mugging, a sexual assault, a stabbing or even a shooting. Victims of criminal assaults are entitled to criminal assault compensation by making a violent crime claim.
The compensation is to help them recover from their injuries and recompense them for the pain and suffering they have gone through. We would all like to see the criminals themselves brought to justice and pay their victims compensation on top of their punishment. Unfortunately many offenders do not get caught, and this would deny their victims from receiving compensation. Even if they are caught, most would not have the financial capacity to give their victims the amount they deserve.
It is therefore possible to make an application for personal injury compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authorities (CICA).
The scheme allows financial awards to be made:
- To recognise injuries, physical and mental, due to criminal assault.
- In certain circumstances, to obtain compensation for past or future lost earnings or special expenses caused by such a crime
- For bereavement as a result of a criminal assault, including, in some cases, compensation for the lost earnings of the person who has been killed.
It is a fairly simple process, although the CICA has set out several rules. These include:
- Your injury must have been caused by a criminal assault that happened in England, Scotland or Wales (Northern Ireland has its own scheme).
- Your CICA criminal assault compensation application must be lodged within two years of your assault, although this is discretionary and often waived.
- You should have reported the criminal assault to the police and fully co-operated with them.
- The state will only provide compensation if your injuries exceed the £1000 tariff.
To be successful in any CICA criminal assault compensation claim, you must be able to prove that you have been the innocent victim of a violent crime. If the CICA considers you to have provoked or willingly participated in the criminal assault, it could refuse or reduce personal injury compensation. This could also happen if you have a record of violence.
What to do now?
If you have suffered a criminal injury, you may be able to claim compensation. Contact LPS we work on a No Win No Fee basis so call our solicitors today on 0800 996 1807, complete our short form, text 4myclaim to 88802, chat to us online or Calculate your claim now.