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Criminal Injuries Compensation – Calculate Your CICA Criminal Injury Award

By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 7th June 2022. In this guide, we are going to discuss using a criminal injuries compensation calculator. This is alternatively referred to as a CICA calculatorBeing 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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A Guide to Criminal Injury Compensation Claims

criminal injuries compensation calculator

criminal injuries compensation calculator

Welcome to our guide on how to use our criminal injuries compensation calculator.

Being a victim of crime can be terrifying, but being a victim of crime where you have sustained injuries because of someone else’s criminal acts can leave you with not only mental trauma but the loss of earnings due to time is taken off sick, medical bills or medical treatment and other costs that can have a marked effect on your future. This is in addition to the physical pain you may also be in from your injuries.

In an attempt to redress the balance, it may be possible for you to make a compensation claim from the government’s CICA scheme. This guide takes you through the relevant facts you need to know about making a claim for compensation. This includes discussing our CICA calculator and what can be included in a CICA compensation calculation. We also detail how we could potentially advise and support you and how our No Win No Fee solicitors may be able to help with your own claim.

To find out more, simply call us on the number at the top of this page.

What is a Criminal Injury?

If you have been the victim of a crime that involved any kind of violence, and have suffered from an injury because of this, seeking compensation for your injuries may be possible. This compensation will come from the Government’s CICA, also known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. We have a CICA calculator later in this guide, so please continue reading.

However, in order to claim, you will be required to provide evidence. Requirements included are as follows:

  • The criminal act that caused your injuries must have taken place in Scotland, Wales or England
  • The crime must have occurred within the last 2 years
  • The injuries that you have sustained must meet the award minimum of £1,000
  • The police must have been informed of the crime as soon as possible after it happened.

The chart below comprised data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales involving victim-based crime. Although some of the crimes, such as theft, aren’t inherently violent by nature, injuries sustained in these kinds of crimes can still be claimed for.

Crime statistics graph

Crime statistics graph

If you are wondering whether your specific situation would ensure your eligibility for a CICA claim, or even if you have a question regarding a CICA calculator, our experienced team can help to assess this. Simply call us and we will offer a free no-obligation assessment of your case, before making our recommendations on what you should do next.

What To Do If You Are a Victim of Criminal Injury?

If you are a victim of criminal injury, it is essential for you to inform the police as soon as possible. It is also helpful for you to gain as much evidence as possible to help strengthen any submission for compensation too. Evidence, in this case, can include:

  • Photographs – If you can, it could be a good idea to take pictures of both the injuries you have sustained and also the place where the injury occurred.
  • CCTV footage – If there were CCTV cameras in the area where the incident occurred, you could request the footage as evidence for your claim.
  • Witness contact details – It is wise for you to retain witness contact details, including address, phone number and full name.
  • Documentation – Whether it is prescription costs, counselling bills or costs for travel for medical appointments, it is wise to keep all receipts and proof of any costs incurred.
  • Medical Evidence – If you have received any documentation pertaining to your injuries, such as medical reports from a doctor, appointment details or prescription copies, you should keep these too.

If you have any queries as to what evidence would be useful, then we can advise you. All you have to do is call us to ask. In the meantime, please continue reading to see our CICA calculator.

How to Begin a Criminal Injury Claim

In order to begin a criminal injury claim, all you have to do is call our team. We will take some initial details and offer you formal legal advice on your case. In most cases, we will arrange a medical local to you in order that we can have medical proof of your condition, your prognosis and the effect this is likely to have on your future. From here, we will be able to determine the likelihood of any claim being successful and will advise you as to how to proceed.

Once you have signed our No Win No Fee agreement, which we will explain in full before you sign, we will take your case forward and begin the process of claiming compensation.

We will strive to ensure the process is as stress-free as possible. That way, you are not put under any further pressure during the claims process. We understand that being injured in a crime of violence can be stressful and upsetting. Therefore, we’ll keep you informed at every stage. This allows you to stay fully up to date with the progress of your claim.

To learn more about what can be included in a compensation calculation and to see our CICA calculator section, please read on.

How long after an assault can you claim compensation?

When making a claim for personal injury compensation through CICA after an assault, you usually have two years in order to make a claim unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Could a personal injury solicitor help me with a CICA claim?

In short, the answer is yes. Here at Legal Expert, our solicitors are well versed in handling CICA claims. With the support of a solicitor from our panel, you can ensure that you receive the maximum compensation your claim is worth. To see how much you could be entitled to, please refer to our criminal injuries compensation calculator section of this guide.

Falling victim to a crime can be deeply traumatic. If you’re entitled to claim compensation, the legal process can be complex to navigate without help from a lawyer, particularly when you’re dealing with the aftermath of the incident. Instead, why not let our panel handle your claim while you focus on your recovery?

If you’re worried about the cost of hiring a solicitor, don’t worry, as our panel all work on a No Win No Fee basis. This way, you will only have to pay them a small percentage of your compensation if they win your claim. Otherwise, you won’t have to cover the costs of their services.

No One Has Been Convicted of the Crime That Caused My Injuries – Can I Still Claim?

Whether someone has faced justice or not for the criminal act that caused your injuries, you should still be able to file a claim, providing the CICA eligibility criteria has been met. A crime has still been committed, and you have still suffered an injury because of it.

There is no requirement for the person responsible to have been caught or convicted before you attempt to make a claim. For more information on this, or to find out how to start a compensation claim using our service, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us.

To learn more about what can be included in a compensation calculation and to see our CICA calculator section, please read on.

What Can Be Claimed for Following Criminal Injury?

In terms of the different types of damages that can be claimed for after a criminal injury, an award is usually broken down into these specific sections:

Firstly, you could seek compensation for your injuries.

Secondly, you could potentially claim special expenses through the CICA. This could cover financial costs you have incurred as a direct result of your injuries. However, the CICA will only consider paying special expenses compensation if you have been unable to work for more than 28 weeks.

Special expenses could include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Care costs
  • Travel expenses

If you have suffered a loss of earnings after having been unable to work after your injuries, you should be able to include a claim for this loss. Often, victims of crime are subject to reduced pay or even statutory sick pay, which can heavily affect their income. Past and future earnings losses can be recovered as part of a CICA claim.

If you have incurred any other costs as a direct result of the injuries you’ve suffered as a result of a criminal act, then why not call our team for free advice on what else you can be factored into our CICA calculator.

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.

What is a CICA calculator?

A CICA calculator (also referred to as a criminal injuries compensation calculator) is an online tool provided by various law firms online, which aims to give prospective claimants an idea of how much they could be entitled to claim.

However, these tools should be used with caution, as they can be inaccurate in the figures that they provide. This is due to the fact that they are automated algorithms using generalised amounts from past payouts.

Instead, you may opt to speak to an expert about your case, allowing them to learn more about the unique details of your situation. This way, you can get a better and more accurate idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to for it.

For a free consultation with our team, please get in touch today to see how much you could be able to claim.

How Much Compensation Will I Get Following Criminal Injury?

The types of violent crime and the injuries they leave people with are many and varied and no two cases are ever exactly the same. Your compensation award will not only take into account the nature of your injuries but the effect they have had on your day to day life, your prognosis for recovery and the pain you have experienced due to these injuries. In many cases, claimants may search online to try and calculate how much compensation they could be awarded.

With this in mind, we have put together a table detailing the typical compensation for specific injuries. These figures are from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. If your specific injuries are not included within the criminal injuries compensation table below, or you would like to speak to us for clarification on any point, we will be happy to explain it all. Simply call us and ask about anything that is unclear with regards to this guide.

The table below is similar to a CICA compensation calculator. You should know that the figures below are taken from the CICA tariff table, meaning they are set amounts for certain injuries. However, you could potentially receive different amounts in special expenses, which is explained below.

Site of InjurySeverity/TypeAmountNotes
Mental InjuryDisabling mental injury, confirmed by diagnosis or prognosis of psychiatrist or clinical psychologist£1,000This will last 6 weeks or more, potentially up to 28 weeks.
Major ParalysisSevere£110,000Severe hemiplegia - one half of the body will have an impairment of sensory or motor function.
Head & NeckBurns£16,500Severe head burns.
Brain DamageMinor£6,200The 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.
FaceFractured jaw bone£3,500The fracture will not require surgery but will result in a continuous and significant disability.
WristSprained£1,800Both wrists are sprained, leading to a disability lasting 13 weeks or more.
HipFractured or dislocated£11,000Injury affects one hip but results in a lasting disability.
LegDamaged tendon, ligament or cartilage£2,400Moderate damage to both legs with a substantial recovery being made.
Physical Abuse of AdultsSerious£2,000Intermittent physical assaults. The result will be an accumulation of burns, scalds and healed wounds. However, there will be no significant disfigurement.
Physical Abuse of ChildrenMinor£1,000Intermittent or isolated incidents of assault. The result will be hair pulled from the scalp, weals and other similar injuries.

If you have a criminal record, then the amount you receive from CICA may be affected. Unspent criminal convictions could result in a reduced tariff, or compensation being denied outright.

Please note, if you have multiple physical injuries, only the most highly valued injury will be paid at the full tariff. After this, you’ll be paid 30% of the tariff for the injury with the second-highest value, and 15% of the third-highest injury tariff.

More payouts for CICA claims

If you claim through the CICA and receive a payout from the CICA tariff table, you could also be entitled to special expenses payments.

These work to allow you to claim back the costs of financial losses relating to your injuries sustained as a result of the violent crime. However, to be eligible to claim for special expenses, you must have been unable to work for over 28 weeks.

You could also potentially claim bereavement payments, funeral expenses and financial dependency if you are claiming on behalf of someone else following a fatal criminal injury. However, you must be a qualifying relative.

If your injuries do not meet the minimum of £1,000, you could still potentially apply for financial help through the Hardship Fund. This provides temporary relief for low paid workers unable to work due to being a victim of violent crime.

For more information on CICA compensation amounts and what you could claim, get in touch with our advisors at any time.

No Win No Fee Criminal Injury Claims

The next step in making a claim is deciding whether to seek professional assistance in your legal proceedings. If you wish to do so, we recommend choosing a solicitor who has experience in handling criminal injury claims. If you contact Legal Expert about your potential case, we may be able to support you in several ways. That may include providing you with one of our own solicitors who has experience in handling CICA claims.

We believe you should be able to access high-quality legal representation, such as the claims service we provide. This is why our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. If your case is not successful, you will not pay our solicitor their legal fees. There are several reasons our clients benefit from this service but the main ones are as follows:

  • You will know we’re taking your claim seriously – We will not take your claim on just to make money. We will take it on if we believe you have a good chance of success, and will strive to get you the maximum victim support compensation amounts possible.
  • We will be transparent – Our No Win No Fee agreement is clear and to the point. Our staff will be happy to talk you through it so that everything is clear. We will be clear and transparent right throughout the process so there will be no surprises when your claim is settled.

Why not get in touch and we will talk you through the process. By getting in touch today, we may even be able to provide a free estimate on your potential compensation amount. We can also address any queries you may have about using an online CICA calculator.

Why Choose Us As Your Claims Service For a Criminal Injury Claim?

We have years of experience pursuing criminal damage compensation claims. We know the law inside out.  There are many customer testimonials to back up our claim that we are a company that puts our clients first. We handpick our team based on their experience and their customer focus approach. Every member of our team is committed to securing the maximum compensation awards possible.

We strongly believe that your financial situation should not be negatively affected as a victim of crime. That’s why our solicitors work under No Win No Fee agreements. They provide extra financial protection to clients so you’re much less likely to be left out of pocket.

So please feel free to get in touch today. We can offer free advice on various queries you may have such as using an online CICA calculator.

Call For Free Advice and to Start a Claim

To get in touch with us for free advice, you can call us today on 0800 073 8804. You can also reach us online with our contact form or 24/7 live chat service.

We can address queries you may have such as ones regarding using a CICA calculator. We can also help clear up any other issues you may be confused about. Other queries you may have that we can address can include:

  • Questions about criminal injuries compensation
  • How long does it take to claim through CICA?
  • How much compensation will I get for assault?

Helpful Links

Victim Support – Coping With Crime

This page from the independent charity Victim Support explains ways to cope after being the victim of a crime.

Police guide to reporting a crime

This page on the Police’s official website summarises how you could report a crime that you’ve been the victim of; this is essential in claiming through the CICA.

How much compensation will I get for assault?

If you have been assaulted, whether by someone you know or a stranger, you may be able to claim compensation for any injuries sustained during the assault. Our guide offers information and actionable advice about making a claim to compensate you.

Guide to compensation for rape

Rape is an attack that can be particularly difficult to overcome. If you have suffered mental or physical injury due to rape, our guide on compensation for rape victims may prove helpful

Compensation for acid attack victims claims

An acid attack can leave more than just physical injuries. Our guide offers more information and advice to those that have suffered this type of attack, including advice on how to make a claim for compensation.

Sexual abuse claims guide

Sexual abuse, whether as a child or an adult, historical or recent, can be incredibly damaging. You may not be aware that if you have been the victim of sexual abuse, you could have a case for compensation. Our guide covers what you need to know.

Claims Against Social Services

There are cases where social services have failed to act in a necessary way. Our guide explores how you can seek compensation from social services.

Domestic Abuse Victims Claims

Want to know if you could be compensated for domestic abuse? Read this guide.

Further Useful Guides:

Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator FAQ

How much will I get from the CICA in compensation?

Each case is assessed according to the individual circumstances. For that reason, your compensation could vary depending on various factors such as whether you have any special expenses associated with your injuries or the severity of your injuries. However, you could use the CICA tariff of injuries to see how much you could receive for the physical or mental consequences of your injury.

How long does the CICA take to payout?

There is no specific timeframe. However, more complex cases could potentially take longer. Throughout this process, you will be provided with information when it is suitable and necessary.

Where can I find a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle my case?

We may be able to connect you with our panel of personal injury lawyers. That’s provided you have strong grounds to start a claim. Our lawyers always work on a No Win No Fee basis. They have many years of experience in the claims process and could begin working with you right away.

How can a victim support compensation calculator help me?

When making a claim through the CICA, our calculator resource can help give you an idea regarding what your claim could be worth. For those who have been the victim of a criminal injury, compensation can depend on a variety of factors that need to be addressed.

For example, the nature of the attack and its affect on you will directly influence the value of a claim. For instance, an incident of sexual assault could have a different outcome than an incident of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH). Different considerations, such as psychological trauma, would be taken into account with each case, and will impact the final payout.

In summary, an online compensation calculator can be a valuable asset. However, it would be unlikely to consider all aspects of your claim when giving you an estimated value. This is why we advise you communicate with an advisor directly. Once they know the specifics of your claim, they are more likely to be able to provide you with a more accurate valuation. So, get in touch with us today. We are here 24/7 to assist you in any way we can.

Does my incident need to be reported before I can claim?

In order to be able to make a compensation claim, you’ll need to have reported the crime in question to the police. Regardless of if the perpetrator is found and convicted, you could still be able to get a payout.

How is compensation calculated?

The extent of your suffering decides the extent of our payout. Split between general damages and special expenses, you can receive compensation for physical and psychological harm as well as some monetary losses as a result of the incident.

Can you make a CICA claim twice?

If you have already received compensation from the CICA for a criminal injury, you could not claim for the same injury again. However, if you are the victim of a different crime, you could potentially claim through the CICA again if the perpetrator cannot be found or does not have the funds to pay you.

Once again, thank you for reading our guide. We hope you have all the information you need regarding the use of our CICA calculator and the claims process is a little clearer to you now. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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