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Criminal Injuries Compensation – Calculate Your CICA Criminal Injury Award

By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last Updated 30th June 2021. In this guide, we are going to take a look at our criminal injuries compensation calculator, or CICA calculator, in greater detail. Being a victim of crime can be terrible, but being a victim of a crime that has left you with injuries, no matter what those injuries are, can be devastating.

If you have been the victim of a crime that has left you with injuries, then you may be able to claim compensation from CICA, the governmental 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, from our CICA calculator and what can be included in the CICA compensation calculation, to detailing how we work as a claims service, our No Win No Fee service and how to go about starting a 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 that the injury occurred.
  • 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 in order that you are not put under any further pressure during the claims process. We know you have already been through a lot. We will also keep you informed at every stage, allowing 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 telephone 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, we have general damages. This part of your award is something that is meant to cover the suffering you have gone through as well as the pain you’ve experienced.

Secondly, you may be compensated for medical expenses. This will cover bills such as counselling, physiotherapy and the cost of medication if you are required to pay for it.

Also, after an incident that has left you with injuries that leave you in need of help with day to day activities, a care claim may be submitted by the person who is caring for you.

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.

Finally, if you have had to pay out of your own pocket for travel expenses to attend medical appointments and the like, you may be able to recoup these costs as part of your 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.

The most common types of criminal injury

Criminal injuries come in a wide range of different types and severities. However, the most common violent crime cases include those pertaining to:

This can be anything from a punch to a kick or an assault with a weapon. Injuries caused by this type of crime can include broken bones, disfigurement and psychological trauma

Whether this includes penetration or not, the trauma associated with sexual assault can be far-reaching and complex

Whether the abuse was recent or a long time ago, it may be possible for you to make a claim for CICA for your physical and psychological injury following a period of abuse, whether sexual abuse or child abuse in another form

If you would like to know whether your specific situation would allow you to make a compensation claim to CICA, then why not call us today and we will be able to give you free, no-obligation advice on whether you may have just cause to claim. To view our CICA calculator and see how much you could be owed, please read on.

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 brackets for specific injuries, along with some guidelines on the loss of benefits and mental anguish payouts. We hope you find this criminal injuries compensation tariff useful. If your specific injuries are not included within the criminal injuries compensation average payouts 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.

Updated June 2021.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£56,180 to £94,470Severe
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£21,730 to £56,180Moderately Severe
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£7,680 to £21,730Moderate
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderUp to £7,680Less Severe
Psychiatric Damage Generally£51,460 to £108,620Severe
Psychiatric Damage Generally£17,900 to £51,460Moderately Severe
Psychiatric Damage Generally£5,500 to £17,900Moderate
Psychiatric Damage GenerallyUp to £5,500Less Severe
Mental Anguish£4,380Fear of impending death or reduction of life.
Minor Brain or Head Injury£2,070 to £11,980Minimal damage.
Penetrating Stab Wound.£6,190 to £11,820Includes lacerations or pressure wounds.

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.

No Win No Fee criminal injury claims

The next step in making a claim is choosing a solicitor to represent you if you choose to seek professional assistance in making legal proceedings. As a victim of a crime, we do not believe you should have to save up to pay legal costs out of pocket before claiming the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

We also believe you should be able to count on high-quality legal representation, such as the claims service we provide. This is why we offer to take cases on a No Win No Fee. If your case is not successful, you will not pay us a penny of legal fees – it really is that simple. 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.

If you’d like to know anything more about our No Win No Fee criminal injury compensation agreement, or are interested in starting a claim that doesn’t require you to pay any money upfront, then why not get in touch and we will talk you through the process. By getting in touch today, you can even get a free estimate of how much compensation you could be entitled to so there’s no need to search for an online CICA calculator.

Why choose us as your claims service for a criminal injury claim?

With years of experience pursuing criminal damage compensation claims, we know the law inside out and have many customer testimonials to back up our claims that we are a company that put our clients first – every step of the way. We handpick our team based on their experience, as well as their customer focus, and every member of our team is committed to not only securing you the maximum compensation award for your injuries but also putting your feelings and needs first as we do so.

Our No Win No Fee service has been derived as just part of this customer focussed approach. We strongly believe that your financial situation should not be negatively affected as a victim of crime, so we offer a service that will ensure you’re not left out of pocket, whether your claim is successfully settled or in the unlikely event that it isn’t.

On top of this, we pride ourselves on our specialist team of in house solicitors who have trained for years in criminal injury law. With supreme attention to detail, years of experience and a dedication to securing the largest payout possible for your specific case, we feel we offer the best criminal injury claims service out there – as our previous clients would agree.

By getting in touch today, you can even get a free estimate of how much compensation you could be entitled to so there’s no need to search for an online CICA calculator.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

We know only too well how difficult it can be to pick up the pieces and move on after you have suffered injuries due to someone else’s criminal behaviour. We have helped people just like you to claim compensation that, while it doesn’t take away what has happened, makes it easier to deal with, especially when it comes to the financial loss of income in those cases where you have been unable to work because of your injuries.

This is why we strive to provide a claims service that you can count on to take as much stress out of the process as possible and work hard to secure you the maximum amount of compensation it is possible to gain for your injuries.

Call us today on 0800 073 8804 to talk us through your injuries, the situation that caused them and we will offer you free, no-obligation advice on what your options are. Our team can also address the CICA calculator as well as clear up any issues you may be confused about, whether you’re asking questions about criminal injuries compensation, how long does it take to claim through CICA, how much compensation will I get for assault, or anything else. Whether you just want advice or you’re looking to start a claim, we’d be happy to take your call.

Helpful Links

A government guide to the CICA 

This link takes you to the government’s CICA page, with advice, information and support for those who have been victims of violent crime in the UK and abroad.

Legal Expert guide to assault compensation

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.

Legal Expert guide to rape compensation

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

Legal Expert guide to acid attack compensation

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.

Legal Expert guide to sexual abuse compensation

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.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator FAQ

How much CICA compensation will I get?

The amount you could be awarded by the CICA will often take into account the injury at hand and the severity. Therefore, an estimated figure is hard to provide using a criminal injuries compensation calculator, as every case takes into account the unique circumstances at hand.

How long does it take for the CICA to payout?

There is no specific timeframe. However, it is worth noting that the CICA aims to come to a decision on most applications within 12-18 months. Throughout this process, you will be provided with information when it is suitable and necessary.

How can a No Win No Fee agreement help me claim?

If you’re anxious about the financial demand of making a claim using a solicitor, it’s important to note that No Win No Fee agreements never charge clients if their solicitors fail to win their compensation. If they do win, they’ll receive a success fee from your compensation, which is legally capped so you can keep as much of your payout as possible.

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

By simply getting in touch with us today, we can not only provide you with a free consultation but could connect you to our panel of personal injury lawyers. They always work on a No Win No Fee basis, have over 30 years of experience in the claims process and could begin working with you right away.

Do I have grounds to claim?

As mentioned above, we offer free consultations to give you a better idea of your rights in your situation and can tell you whether you have a valid claim by simply answering a few questions.

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 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 damages, you can receive compensation for physical and psychological harm as well as monetary loss as a result of the incident.

Once again, thank you for reading our guide. We hope you have all the information you need regarding the use of our criminal injuries compensation calculator (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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