Criminal Injury Compensation Solicitors make applications for compensation to the UK Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). CICA solicitors are personal injury claim specialists. Most CICA claims are completely risk free, meaning if you do not get you compensation, for any reason, you will not pay any legal fees. Call a CICA solicitor for free, no obligation advice. Criminal injury compensation solicitors are independent and have no connection to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
The following FAQS represent some of the most often asked questions of criminal injury compensation solicitors about CICA compensation claims. If you have any other queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to phone an expert for free advice without further obligation.
Q. Is there a time limit for making a claim?
A. Applications must normally be submitted within two years of the violent incident. The CICA has discretion to extend this period.
Q. In what circumstances can my claim be refused or reduced?
A. The CICA are entitled to consider the character of the claimant by reference to any unspent criminal convictions and will also consider behaviour before, during and after the event.
Q. Are there maximum and minimum amounts of compensation?
A. The minimum amount payable is £1,000 and the maximum amount payable is £500,000.
Q. Can I see the written evidence?
A. Most of the written evidence is available for review except the Police Report which remains confidential.
Q. How long will my claim take?
A. That depends on the complexity of the case but 90% of claims are settled within 10 months.
Q. If an initial CICA decision is made on my case can I ask for it to be reconsidered?
A. A decision by a claims officer can be reviewed by a more senior member of staff at the UK criminal injury compensation board.
Q. Is there a time limit on when I can ask for the decision to be re-considered?
A. An application should be made within 90 days of the original decision however the CICA does have discretion to extend this period
Q. Can I appeal the decision of the senior officer who has reviewed a decision?
A. If you wish to contest the review decision, you are entitled to appeal to the Appeals Panel, which is independent of the Authority. An appeal form and a guide to appeal procedures are sent out with the written review decision.
Q. Can I submit my own medical evidence?
A. The UK criminal injury compensation board will consider any relevant medical evidence when making their decisions.
Q. Can I claim for someone who has been killed by criminal activity?
A. Parents, spouses, children and those in receipt of support from the deceased can claim.
Q. Can I claim funeral expenses?
A. The CICA will pay reasonable funeral expenses to whoever has laid out for them even.
Q. How long after a decision has been made will I receive the compensation?
A. The CICA aims to send all compensation cheques out within 4 weeks of a decision being made.