It was recently reported on the Lincolnite (http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2015/01/four-men-bailed-lincoln-high-street-assault/) that 4 men were arrested following a suspected assault on an individual, which is thought to have occurred in the early hours of the morning on, 28th January 2015, on Lincoln High Street. It is thought that the victim sustained a serious head injury and was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment.

If you have been injured as a result of a crime of violence, there may be the potential to bring a civil claim for compensation; however this would involve pursuing the claim against the individual that caused the injury. This may not always be practical particularly as the individual may not be able to pay for any compensation awarded to you. This could mean that whilst you may be successful in making the claim you may not receive any compensation at the end.

To ensure that blameless victims of violent crime are able to recover compensation the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers the government funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The scheme outlines particular criteria; if met the applicant may be deemed eligible.

You could be eligible to make a claim if:

  • The incident occurred in the last 2 years within England, Scotland or Wales (although there could be special circumstances where you could still make claim outside this time frame)
  • The matter has to have been reported to the Police without delay or as soon as was reasonably practicable following the incident
  • You have co-operated with the Police when conducting their enquiries. Just because an offender is not prosecuted does not mean that you are unable to make a claim.

The compensation awarded in a CICA claim is based upon a tariff of injuries outlined in the Scheme. The CICA will only make an award for serious injuries and the lowest amount of compensation the CICA will award is £1000.00. The amount of compensation awarded may not be as high as if a civil claim were pursued, however because the claim is not pursued against an individual there is not the same risk of not receiving the compensation if the claim is successful. Civil claims and CICA claims can be run alongside one another and we can provide you with advice on the best way to proceed with your claim.

At Ringrose Law we have extensive experience of dealing with Criminal Injury claims and we ensure that our clients who have been victims of a crime of violence have the best prospect of recovering the appropriate level of compensation in light of the injuries sustained. We will conduct the claim on your behalf, guide you thought the claim process, keep you updated in respect of the position of your claim and advise you upon any offers made, giving you the reassurance that your compensation claim is being handled by an experienced individual. We can also offer you advice and representation on applications for review of CICA decisions and on appeal to the Tribunal services.

If you have been a victim of a crime or assault and sustained injury as a result, please contact Ringrose Law Personal Injury team on 01522 561020 to speak to a member of our team.

 

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