At St Helens Law we are a Law Society Lexcel and the Law Society in Conveyancing Quality accredited firm who submit CICA claims on your behalf. A claim to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) can be put forward if you have suffered mental or physical injuries because of a violent crime. We call on more than 20 years’ experience to submit the best possible case for you, that gives you the best chance of receiving the figure you deserve. But how long will your claim take?
All eligible claims will be paid by CICA, who are a government agency. Most cases can take up to 12 months to complete with the more complex applications taking even longer to reach a conclusion. Factors which can lengthen the time to receive your compensation are as follows:
- If any medical treatment you receive as a result of the injuries you suffered is still ongoing
- If your level of recovery, or recovery time, is unknown
If a settlement has to be delayed CICA may offer an interim payment.
How much CICA compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation you will receive is determined by the authority’s tariff of injuries. This details the severity and number of injuries you suffered. CICA will pay compensation for up to three injuries totalling a figure of between £1,000 and £500,000. If you have more than one injury that each would qualify for a claim, you will receive the following:
- 100% of the full value of the most serious injury
- 30% of the full value of the second most valuable injury and then 15% for a third injury
Here at St Helens Law, we work on a Contingency Fee basis. If your claim is unsuccessful you will be charged no fee. If it is accepted and you receive compensation, we will charge at a rate of 25% of the figure you receive.
Am I eligible to claim?
So long as the crime you were a victim of took place in England, Scotland or Wales and it was reported to the police you will be able to claim. Your application must also be submitted within two years of the crime being reported to the police.
To submit a claim with St Helens Law all you need to do to get things underway is to visit our town centre office. Your first meeting takes roughly half an hour and is free of charge. A booking is not necessary. If coming to our office is not possible you can call us on 01744 454433 or via email.
To make sure you can keep up to date with your case’s progress you will be given login details for your own FileView account. This is where all the information regarding your application is stored. You will also be given the direct contact number and e-mail address of the St Helens Law solicitor who is looking after your claim.
If you require any further information do not hesitate to contact us. You can also complete our enquiry form. We will be delighted to answer any queries you have about CICA claims in St Helens or any of our other services for that matter.