A CICA claim can be submitted if you have been the victim of a violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales. At St Helens Law we submit the claim on your behalf. We call on almost 20 years of experience as a law firm to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Compensation is paid by CICA (Criminal Injury Compensation Authority), who are a government agency. But how do you submit your claim?
Visit St Helens Law
To begin your application, you can visit our office in St Helens Town Centre. You will not need to book an appointment so you can simply drop in at your earliest convenience. The first meeting you have with us will take around 30 minutes. There is no charge for your first meeting.
Once your claim is underway we will provide you with access details to your personal FileView account. This allows you to keep up to date with any changes or progress with your case. As well as this we will also give you direct contact details for the dedicated St Helens Law solicitor who will be personally looking after your account.
Who is eligible to submit a claim?
You can receive CICA compensation if you are a blameless victim of violent crime that has taken place in Great Britain. Compensation can also be paid if you have lost a loved one because of violent crime. You must have reported the incident to the police in a timeframe as quickly as is reasonably practicable. If the incident was not reported to the police you cannot make a claim.
Every eligible claim will be paid by CICA. Normally a case can take up to a year to conclude and for the compensation to be paid. Complex applications can take even longer to complete. It will take longer for you to receive your compensation because of the following:
- If you are still receiving medical treatment
- If how long it will take for you to recover, or your level of recovery, is unknown
Interim payments can sometimes be made if your personal circumstances mean there is a delay in you receiving your compensation. If you have multiple injuries, you will only receive payment for your three most severe injuries. This is determined by the authority’s tariff of injuries. The total amount you receive will be a figure between £1,000 and £500,000 and you will receive the following:
- 100% of the value of your most severe injury
- 30% of the value of your second most severe injury and 15% for a third injury