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Criminal Injuries Compensation | Examples Of CICA Payouts

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 13th December 2023. In this guide, we’ll discuss criminal injuries compensation claims and offer you some examples of CICA payouts. This is an alternative to a CICA calculator

Being a victim of a violent crime can have a serious impact on your quality of life. If the crime has left you with injuries, this could affect you for years to come; in some instances, the effects might be permanent.

If you have been the victim of a crime that has left you with injuries, then you may be able to claim compensation from the CICA – the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Here, our guide tells you all you need to know about making this type of compensation claim, including how much compensation you can get.

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Key Takeaways On Criminal Injuries Compensation

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When Could You Be Eligible To Claim For Criminal Injury Compensation?

You may be eligible to make a claim for criminal injury compensation through the CICA. The CICA awards compensation to those who have been criminally injured.

However, to be eligible to make a claim through the CICA for compensation, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have been injured in a crime of violence. The CICA Scheme defines incidents of what qualifies as a crime of violence; some examples include sexual assault and an attack.
  2. The incident must have taken place in England, Wales, Scotland or another relevant place. For example, this could be a ship registered to any of these countries.
  3. You must have reported the incident to the police.
  4. You must make your claim within the relevant time limit. We will discuss what this is later on in this guide.

To find out if you could be eligible to make a criminal injury claim through the CICA, you can contact our advisors today.

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Criminal Injury Compensation – How Long Do I Have To Claim?

The CICA imposes a limitation period on compensation claims. You will generally be expected to start your claim within 2 years of your assault, unless you can present evidence of exceptional circumstances for not having done so.

A CICA claim that is being made on behalf a minor will not be subject to this time limit. The time limit will only begin to apply when the minor in question turns 18. They will have two years from this point to start their claim, unless it is a claim for historic sexual abuse. These claims can be started within two years of when the assault is first reported to the police. They will be allowed to do this at any point in their lives.

If you are seeking criminal injury compensation through the CICA, you should reach out to one of our advisers to learn more about the exceptions that could apply to your claim, or the expenses you could be able to claim back.

What Evidence Can Support Criminal Injury Claims?

To make a valid criminal injury claim for compensation, you will need evidence that can support your case. When seeking a CICA payout, you may be asked to provide the following:

  • A crime reference number that confirms that the incident you’re claiming for has been reported to the police.
  • Evidence that you meet the residency requirements to claim for criminal injuries.
  • Medical records that can confirm the injuries you’re claiming for can be compensated by the CICA.

If you arrange to have a criminal injury solicitor support your potential claim, then they can assist with gathering evidence you require. For more advice about gathering evidence, or other aspects of criminal injury claims, such as examples of CICA payouts, contact our advisors for free today.

Can I Still Claim Through The Criminal Injuries Compensation Tariff If No One Is Convicted?

It is possible to claim compensation , even if no one is convicted or arrested for the crime. A CICA payout, as determined by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tariff, is awarded to blameless victims of crime, so whether or not your attacker is convicted, it does not impact your eligibility to claim criminal injury compensation

However, you will need to meet the eligibility requirements discussed earlier in this article if you would like to claim via the CICA for a psychological injury or any other type of injury. If you are unsure about your eligibility to make a criminal injury claim, our advisors can clarify for you free of charge. Get in touch whenever is suitable for you.

What Can Be Claimed For As Part Of Criminal Injury Compensation?

Following a successful claim through the CICA, compensation can be awarded to you for your injuries. Your injury will be valued in line with the Tariff of Injuries that are set out in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. When making a claim through the CICA for criminal compensation, the amounts listed in the Tariff of Injuries are the exact amount you will receive. Additionally, you could claim for multiple injuries, meaning you will get 100% compensation for your highest-valued injury, 30% for the second, and 15% for the third highest.

When making a claim through the CICA for your criminal injuries, your compensation could also include special expenses. Special expenses could compensate you for the following:

  • Any equipment that was damaged in the incident that you relied on as a physical aid, such as hearing aids.
  • Any equipment you need to cope with your injuries, such as a specially adapted car.
  • Adaptations to your home to help you cope with your injury, such as a stair lift or ramp.
  • Care costs that relate to your bodily functions or food preparation.
  • A loss of earnings if you have been unable to work for more than 28 full weeks.

Contact our advisors today if you have any questions about claiming compensation through the CICA. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have about criminal injury claims. They could also offer you free legal advice regarding your specific claim.

Examples of CICA Claims

CICA claims could be made for a variety of criminal injuries. These include:

  • Assault – This could include being assaulted by a weapon or being physically beaten. This can lead to cuts, broken bones and psychological injuries.
  • Sexual Assault – Sexual assault can be with or without penetration, can come in various forms and can lead to severe physical and mental injuries. For example, you could suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result.
  • Historical Abuse – Sexual abuse can happen at various points in a person’s life. If you’ve suffered from historical abuse, you may be able to claim through the CICA for child abuse or sexual abuse.

These are just some of the criminal injuries you may be able to claim for. It’s important to note that you would only be able to claim through the CICA for criminal injuries that occurred in England, Scotland and Wales.

You may want to use a victim support compensation calculator to get a compensation estimate. However, these can sometimes be inaccurate. Our advisors will be able to give you a more accurate estimate in just one phone call. You can call us for a free consultation, and they can even connect you with one of our specialised solicitors to begin the claims process.

Continue reading for examples of CICA payouts. This can give you a better idea of your potential compensation.

Examples Of CICA Payouts

When claiming through the CICA, each injury is assigned a set fee. The more severe the injury is, the more the compensation tends to be. Unlike when claims are made against a specific defendant, the amounts awarded are non-negotiable. They’re all listed in the tariff included in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.

For criminal injuries, compensation amounts can be awarded for both physical and psychological ailments. Injuries from both categories are listed in the scheme and are valued according to the level of impact they have on your life.

In the section below, you’ll find a table that contains some figures that can be awarded by the CICA. Our compensation calculator can also give you an estimate. However, if you’ve suffered a criminal injury, our compensation calculator should only be used to give you a rough idea as to how much your claim could be worth. Speaking with us directly is the best way to receive the most accurate information.

What Is The Criminal Injury Compensation (CICA) Tariff?

Similar to a personal injury claim, when you claim through the CICA, there are two heads of claim. However, there are differences with criminal injury compensation payouts.

Firstly, you may be awarded compensation for your injuries. This is the equivalent to general damages in a claim for personal injury compensation. In contrast, payments are set by the CICA Tariff, which can be found in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.

The most significant injury will be awarded 100% of the CICA Tariff amount. If you suffer additional injuries, the second most serious is awarded 30% of the value while the third most serious is awarded 15%. The maximum award the CICA will make is £500,000.

The table below includes examples of CICA payouts.

Site of Injury Severity/Type Notes Amount
Major Paralysis Severe Severe hemiplegia – one half of the body will have an impairment of sensory or motor function. £110,000
Head & Neck Burns Severe head burns. £16,500
Hip Fractured or dislocated Injury affects one hip but results in a lasting disability. £11,000
Brain Damage Minor The claimant will make a good recovery and will be able to return to most social activities. However, there will still be persistent issues with memory, mood and concentration. The brain damage will be short lived – up to 6 months. £6,200
Face Fractured jaw bone The fracture will not require surgery but will result in a continuous and significant disability. £3,500
Leg Damaged tendon, ligament or cartilage Moderate damage to both legs with a substantial recovery being made. £2,400
Physical Abuse of Adults Serious Intermittent physical assaults. The result will be an accumulation of burns, scalds and healed wounds. However, there will be no significant disfigurement. £2,000
Wrist Sprained Both wrists are sprained, leading to a disability lasting 13 weeks or more. £1,800
Mental Injury Disabling mental injury, confirmed by diagnosis or prognosis of psychiatrist or clinical psychologist This will last 6 weeks or more, potentially up to 28 weeks. £1,000
Physical Abuse of Children Minor Intermittent or isolated incidents of assault. The result will be hair pulled from the scalp, weals and other similar injuries. £1,000

CICA compensation may also include special expenses. This is similar to special damages in a personal injury claim. It covers any necessary costs you have paid for as a result of your criminal injury. However, whatever you claim for, it cannot be available for free elsewhere.

Examples of special expenses include:

  • Equipment you relied on as a physical aid which was damaged in your accident or assault. For example, a hearing aid or pair of glasses.
  • Adaptations to your home to accommodate your injuries i.e. a stairlift may be needed if a criminal hit you with a car and caused you to undergo a leg amputation. 
  • The cost of care that relates to bodily functions or preparing food.

If you have any questions about CICA compensation, our advisors can help you free of charge. Reach out at any time using our live chat function.

Claiming Criminal Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Lawyer

If you are making a claim for criminal injury compensation, one of our experienced lawyers could help you. They have years of experience handling various types of criminal injury claims. Additionally, one may offer to work with you under a type of No Win No Fee arrangement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

When working with a lawyer on a No Win No Fee basis, they won’t charge you any upfront or ongoing fees. If your lawyer is successful with your claim, they will take a success fee from you. The success fee is a legally limited percentage of your compensation. However, if your claim is unsuccessful, they won’t ask you to pay for their services.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your claim or for further examples of the CICA payouts. They could also connect you with one of our solicitors if they think you might have an eligible claim.

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