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Compensation For Robbery Victim Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? Payouts & Amounts

As members of the public, we should all be able to walk by ourselves in the street or feel safe in the comfort of our own homes. Unfortunately, there are times when a person may become the victim of a robbery and their life could be turned upside down.

In the UK alone, there are thousands of robberies which take place every year. These recorded criminal actions include a wide range of robbery types, including armed robbery and theft. They could be unprovoked attacks by a stranger in the street or targeted homes by known criminals. In aggravated robberies, these may also include a dangerous weapon which could be deadly to those involved.
The degree of harm which a victim may suffer is immensely different from case-to-case as every scenario is unique. Sometimes the injuries endured may be life-changing or a person could be left with permanent psychological injuries that could affect their day-to-day life. In any cases, the professional services of a personal injury lawyer could be the difference between a successful claim for compensation and a missed opportunity for a settlement.

While such criminal acts could be distressing, a robbery victim could be entitled to claim compensation for their sufferings, injuries or losses from a personal injury solicitor. Call us today on the number at the bottom of this guide or use the additional contact methods provided to gain expert legal advice and support during your personal injury claim.

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A Guide To Compensation Claims For Robbery Victims

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a robbery, you may have been left with severe physical or psychological injuries as a direct result of the crime. In such cases, our personal injury lawyers are here to help you receive compensation for the damages suffered. This could be for a range of losses suffered, such as loss of earnings, medical expenses or even travel costs to and from hospital.

We understand that as a victim of a robbery, you are likely to be in distress or suffering from various types of pain from the stressful event. However, our expert solicitors are specially trained to support you every step of the way. You could be awarded victim of robbery compensation for a number of different injuries which may also range in severity.

Throughout this guide, we will discuss what areas are reasonable grounds for compensation and how our personal injury lawyers could help you. Regardless of whether you are a robbery victim with a gun, a mobile phone robbery victim or you experienced a violent crime in your home, we could help.

What Is A Robbery Victim?

A robbery victim is a blameless person who has experienced a form of robbery or theft. In such cases, the robbery is regarded as a criminal act of taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody or control of someone by force. In cases where a weapon is used, it is recognised in the eyes of the law as an armed robbery.

A robbery can not only involve the loss of property but also the use of violence or threat towards the victim. There are various different settings in which a person may encounter a robbery, such as:

  • The street
  • At home
  • In a park
  • On public transportation
  • In a business
  • At a bank
  • In a store
  • A hotel
  • Petrol station
  • Restaurant
  • ATM / Cash Machine

These are just a handful of examples in which robberies may take place. In these scenarios, it may be that the victim experiences a physical or psychological injury as a direct result. The accident claims time limit will apply to such injuries from the moment they are diagnosed.

What To Do If You Are A Victim Of A Robbery

A robbery may be a violent, life-threatening situation that no-one should experience. However, even if the perpetrator is not caught by the police, you could claim victim compensation in the UK. As a victim of robbery, there are various steps that you could take in order to get help and attain an assault compensation payout.

The first is to ensure that your incident is reported through the appropriate services to ensure that the incident is reported. According to Cheshire police, you should also:

  • Stay calm and try not to panic
  • Avoid taking risks with unpredictable armed criminals
  • Try not to reach for pockets/handbags to activate an alarm
  • Do not become involved
  • Walk away from the immediate area if there are no barriers between you and the offenders.

Following on from this, there are various charities and communities which may be able to provide you with professionals from various support groups. We had added these to robbery victim support in the ‘Helpful Links’ section at the bottom of this page. Once you have acquired the right information and support, a personal injury lawyer from our expert team could help conduct a claim for compensation for victims of abuse. To find out more information about compensation for robbery victims, call us today.

The Most Common Types Of Robberies

In the UK , there has been a recorded rise in robbery offences by 30% up to 77,103 in 2018. In London, these crimes are disproportionately high, with 43% of these recorded crimes in the Capital alone. In addition to this, a 12% increase was also seen in vehicle offences recorded by the police, bringing the total recorded offences for 2018 to 457,036. Further information on these robbery victim statistics can be found here.

There are numerous types of robberies that may occur throughout the UK. Most of these crimes vary in severity depending on the situation at hand. These may include:

  • Armed Robbery: This is generally the charge against a perpetrator that uses a weapon during the commission of a robbery.
  • Burglary: The act of entering any building or part of a building as a trespasser with intent to steal/attempt to steal something.
  • Theft: An offence recognised as he action or crime of stealing.
  • ‘Third Strike’ Domestic Burglary: In the eyes of the law, this criminal act is described as an offence of burglary after five previous dates of the same offence. In such cases, the strikes must follow each other in chronological order.

More information on these types of robberies can be found here.

Victim Compensation Scheme

Regardless of what type of robbery incident you experienced, you could be entitled to a settlement through a victim compensation scheme known as the ‘CICA’. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (also known as the ‘CICA’) is a government run organisation that seeks to provide compensation to blameless victims of violent crimes throughout the UK. The pay-outs awarded by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority are dependent on the severity of your injuries, but they may range from £1,000 to £500,000.

To be eligible for CICA compensation, you must be able to provide evidence that you were a blameless victim in the crime. This is an area our expert personal injury solicitors could help you with. If you, a friend or a family member has suffered from physical or psychological injuries as a result of a violent crime, there could be reasonable grounds for CICA compensation. Call us today for advice and support.

What To Do If You Are Physically Assaulted In The UK

You may be searching the internet for answers to ‘What to do if you are assaulted UK’ as a victim of a violent crime. If so, we recommend that you use this section of the guide to your advantage.

When you are physically assaulted, your first thought might not be what steps to take in order to process a personal injury claim. It is important, therefore, to take some precautions into consideration in case the situation does arise. For example, if you were assaulted in the street or in the process of a robbery, there may not be a high chance of catching the perpetrator. However, if at any point during the incident you suffered an injury from defending yourself, you could have reasonable grounds for a claim.

his could also be if you suffered physical injuries from being thrown to the ground, hit or experienced psychological injuries after the incident occurred. You may find yourself persistently looking over your shoulder after suffering from a blameless crime, which could be the direct result of mental anguish.

I Was A Victim Of An Armed Robbery Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation?

In such cases where a person becomes an armed robbery victim or a robbery victim with a gun, they may be able to claim compensation. This is usually if the victim has been injured physically or psychologically as a consequence of a violent crime or if a loved one has passed away as a result of a violent crime. This is providing the crime took place within the applicable accident claims time limit.

However, there are basic requirements that you must meet in order to establish that you have been an armed robbery victim. These include evidence that you were the victim of a criminal act, proof that you were a blameless victim in the matter and the ability to establish that an injury directly resulted from this. Our personal injury solicitors are able to help armed robbery victims with this as one of the many services we can provide to you. As previously discussed, it is possible to seek CICA compensation for robbery victims with physical and psychological injuries.

I Was A Victim Of A Robbery At A Cash Machine ATM Can I Claim Compensation?

If an offender is convicted of a crime against a cash machine robbery victim, they could be eligible to receive a compensation settlement for the damages caused. This could include a range of different circumstances, such as:

  • Personal injury
  • Losses from fraud
  • Losses from theft or damage to property
  • Travel expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Losses from time off word
  • Pain and suffering

More information on these circumstances can be found here.
In such cases, it is important for a victim to report the crime number and details of the loss, damage or injury suffered.

For more information about how to receive compensation for a cash machine robbery, speak to one of our advisors today.

Can I Claim Back The Money That Was Stolen From Me?

As described in ‘How Much Compensation Can A Robbery Victim Claim?’ a robbery victim could make personal injury claims for the money stolen from them during a robbery. For example, if your card was cloned from a robbery and money was stolen from your account, you could be entitled to claim your money back. This may include fraudulent use of your credit or debit card.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Due To A Robbery

As an armed robbery victim, it is likely that you may suffer from psychological distress as a direct result of the incident. This could include various forms of robberies, including those which involve a knife or if the victim was stabbed during the robbery.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that derives from a stressful, frightening or distressing event experienced by an individual. Someone who suffers from PTSD will often relive the traumatic event they have experienced through nightmares and flashbacks.

They may also experience problems with sleep, such as insomnia, and find it difficult to concentrate.

In most cases, a person may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to a robbery. This could also include armed robbery victims with PTSD. In such cases, the personal injury claims time limit will begin from the moment you were aware and diagnoses with the PTSD.

How Much Compensation Can A Robbery Victim Claim?

The amount a robbery victim could claim will greatly depend upon the severity of the incident and the various circumstances which may be involved. Every case is unique to us and there are a number of variable which may be taken into account when providing an estimation of the damages a claimant may receive. This is why it is particularly difficult to provide a centralised estimation to a claimant with an online personal injury claims calculator.

However, to provide you with a generalised idea of the amount you could be entitled to, we have put together a table of average compensation pay-outs for various injuries. If your injury isn’t listed, there’s no need to worry, you can phone an expert from our team of advisors who could provide you with a proportionate estimate.

What Can Be Claimed If You Are The Victim Of A Robbery?

If you are a victim of a robbery crime, you could apply for victims of crime compensation for a variety of different areas. This may include:

General Damages: This refers to the amount of compensation you may receive for any injuries, pain or suffering you have experienced as a victim of robbery.

Travel Expenses: If you were required to visit a hospital, make vehicle adaptions or made any other travel arrangements as a result of a robbery, you may be able to claim back your expenses.

Loss Of Earnings: As a victim of robbery, you could make a claim for any income that you have lost as a direct result of the incident suffered.
Medical Expenses: This area will cover medical expenses, such as prescription fees, counselling fees and cost of treatment.

Care Claim: If at any point during your accident claim you required assistance around the home during the recovery period, you could be entitled to make a claim. This may also be applicable to the person who looked after you.

No Win No Fee Robbery Victim Claims

A No Win No Fee agreement is a type of financial system which allows people access to legal help and advice while significantly reducing the financial strains of conducting a personal injury claim.

Also referred to as a Conditional Free Agreement (CFA), this type of agreement allows the claimant to conduct a compensation claim under the condition that they will only have to pay for their solicitor’s fees if their claim is successful. The amount set aside which will be used to settle any legal fees from their compensation is capped at 25%.

However, if for any reason the client’s claim is unsuccessful, the final bill for their solicitor’s fees will not fall upon the claimant. In most cases, you will pre-discuss what percentage of your compensation pay-out will be set aside prior to beginning your accident claim.

Why Choose Us As Your Robbery Victim Claim?

While we appreciate that there are various legal practices across the country, we feel that our personal injury claims team are reasonably placed to handle your claim. Our expect team will treat you with care and respect throughout the claims process to take away any unnecessary stress.

Our professional personal injury solicitors have worked in the industry for a number of years and acquired a wide range of experience from thousands of previous robbery compensation claims. With professional advice and guidance every step of the way, we could help you make a successful personal injury claim.

Call Us For Free Advice Or To Start Your Claim

If you are a blameless victim of robbery, you could make a claim with our team of experts. To speak to a member of our professional team who will support you in any way they can. They are specially trained to provide you with advice, talk you through the claims process and make you feel at ease every step of the way. For more information from our caring team, call us on 0800 073 8804 or click here for alternative contact methods.

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