Have you previously been denied the chance to claim for compensation from CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority)? Following a recent development from the Government, St Helens Law can now work on historical cases whose victims could not previously receive compensation from CICA due to the ‘same roof rule’.

What is the CICA ‘Same Roof Rule’?

The rule meant that victims of a crime committed before 1st October 1979 were not eligible for compensation if, at the time of the crime, they lived in the same household as their attacker.

If you are a previous applicant who were originally denied compensation under the rule you can reapply for CICA compensation in St Helens. You will now be eligible for compensation. If you have also been previously told an application would not be successful because of the rule you can now submit one.

A further review of CICA rules is expected later in the year. The review is expected to be targeted towards better managing the needs of the victims.

Why should you choose St Helens Law?

If you are looking to submit a claim that would previously have been denied, our dedicated team here at St Helens Law are here to help. We will work on any cases were the victim is eligible for a payment from CICA.

We have almost 20 years’ experience working on the behalf of our clients to ensure they receive the level of compensation they deserve. We are Law Society Lexcel Accredited and are members of the Law Society in Conveyancing Quality too.

Who is eligible to submit a claim?

To be eligible you must have been a victim of a violent crime that took place in England, Scotland or Wales. You must also have reported the crime to the police. CICA claims will be considered for the following:

  • physical or mental injuries caused by a violent crime;
  • physical or sexual abuse;
  • loss of earnings because of no or limited capacity to work because of a criminal injury;
  • death of a loved one caused by a violent crime; including bereavement payments, payments involving financial dependency and parental services and funeral payments.

What do I need to do to claim?

All you have to do is to visit us at our town centre office in St Helens. An appointment is not always necessary, and a first interview of 30 minutes is free of charge. We use this to talk through your case and then we begin the processes towards applying on your behalf. If it is not possible, or not convenient, to visit our office you can get in touch by calling 01744 454433 or via our email info@sthelenslaw.co.uk.

Once your claim is underway you can access all details of your case through FileView. You will be given your own login details and password for the account so you can keep up to date on any progress or changes. You will also receive the direct phone number and email address of the St Helens Law solicitor who is handling your application.

We work on a Contingency Fee basis. This means there are no charges if your claim is unsuccessful. If the claim succeeds, however, we will charge you a fee of 25% of the amount of compensation you receive.