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Who Pays The Costs For Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 14th April 2022. In this guide, we’ll address the question “who pays the costs for criminal injuries compensation claims?” We will also explore other questions and topics related to this matter. The simplest answer to the question is that if you make a Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) claim, the CICA will not help to pay for your legal costs. If you do make a claim without using a solicitor, you will have to assume all of the costs yourself. If you make your claim through Legal Expert you could be represented on a No Win No Fee basis.

Claiming criminal injury compensation

Claiming criminal injury compensation

Injuries happen each and every day. If a person sustains an injury through no fault of their own it is likely that they will be eligible for compensation. Some people make criminal injuries compensation claims. This relates to incidents whereby someone has suffered an injury because of a violent crime. It does not matter whether they were the intended target of the crime or not. This can, of course, be an extremely upsetting and worrying type of personal injury.

Perhaps you were the intended victim of an assault? Maybe you have suffered because you got caught up in something unintentionally? Maybe you were injured in a hit and run? No matter what applies, you will be able to pursue compensation if the incident was not your fault. A lot of people assume that they cannot claim because they do not know who injured them or the person does not have any type of cover. However, this is not something you need to worry about. You can make a claim, and we can help you here at Legal Expert.

We have years of experience in the industry and we have helped many people to get the criminal injury compensation they deserve. You can reach us by calling 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, you can contact us online by filling in our claim online form or by using our live chat service. Make sure you read on to find out everything you need to know about these claims.

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A guide to funding claims through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

You will be shocked to discover that a monumental number of people in the UK that are entitled to personal injury compensation for criminal injuries never actually claim! Why is this the case?

They worry about all of the hassle and having to go to court

People fear extensive trips to court and lots of hassle and stress. However, the reality is that less than three per cent of personal injury claims go to trial. It is in the interest of both parties to resolve the issue as quickly and smoothly as possible.

They don’t actually realise they have a case to begin with!

One of the reasons for the lack of criminal injury compensation claims is because there is a good proportion of people that do not actually realise they are in a position whereby they are eligible for personal injury compensation. This is because the term ‘personal injury’ counts as so many different things – from car crashes, to criminal injuries, to medical negligence, to workplace accidents, to product liability. The list is endless. However, all you need to do is be able to prove that you have sustained the injury because of someone else’s negligence or error, that the accident happened within the personal injury claims time limit and that you have seen a doctor for your injuries.

They worry that they will lose their job if they make a claim against their employer

A lot of accidents take place in the working environment and people are scared that they will lose their job if they take action against their employer. This is especially the case if you are claiming because your employer did not take the required steps to prevent the criminal activity – often the case in assaults. This will not happen. After all, you would have grounds for unfair dismissal, and this would make the situation even worse for your employer. Simply ensure to handle everything above board and be certain the incident is reported in the accident book.

They don’t feel they have the money available to make a claim

Traditional solicitor’s services may be expensive. However, you do not actually need any money to begin making No Win No Fee claims! All of our solicitors work on this basis.

Perhaps you can relate to some of the reasons mentioned above? Here at Legal Expert, we aim to put all of your concerns to bed. We have put together this comprehensive guide so that you can understand everything you need to know about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act and making this type of personal injury claim. You will discover more about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tariff, Criminal Injuries compensation and means tested benefits, and much more.

What are criminal injury compensation claims?

This is a type of incident whereby someone has suffered an injury because of a crime. It does not matter whether they were the intended target of the crime or not. You could have been injured because the business you work for was targeted in an attack and you were not protected enough, for instance. You may have been injured in a police chase while minding your own business. The scenarios differ. All that matters is that there was a crime involved and you were physically or mentally injured.

What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, also known as the CICA, is a government body. It was established to ensure that people who have been the victim of crimes are compensated for their injuries. The CICA covers Wales, Scotland, and England. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.

How are claims through the CICA funded?

It is important to note that the CICA will not cover your legal costs. You will need to pay a solicitor. Nevertheless, as you will discover later in this guide, there is a way to make sure you will never be out of pocket, and this is the No Win No Fee approach. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is the most generous and largest of its kind. It has paid more than £3 billion since it was established in 1964 to criminal injury victims.

Why should you use a solicitor to make a criminal injury compensation claim?

If you are planning to make a criminal injury compensation claim, you should most definitely use the services of a solicitor. If you don’t, you may experience the following…

  • Your claim may be rejected. This is the most obvious reason why a solicitor’s help is a must. There are lots of requirements and complexities when it comes to Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims. You do not want your claim to be rejected on a technicality.
  • You could receive less compensation than you deserve. Solicitors are not only there to make sure you secure a payout but that you get the right payout.
  • You may be overwhelmed and confused by the correspondence you receive from the CICA. Moreover, there are stringent time limits regarding this.
  • You won’t be able to take a step back from your case, which can be overwhelming when you have so many other things to deal with.
  • You won’t have any legal protections if you do not use a solicitor.
  • You won’t have anyone to provide you with solid legal advice.

You do not get a second chance to make a claim, so it is really not worth the risk of attempting to do it yourself. You need a quality solicitor on side.

What could court awarded compensation claims include?

Let’s face it, when we have been injured and are thinking about making a compensation claim, one of the most important things we want to know is how much money we could receive. After all, you will want to know if it’s worth your while. While we cannot provide specific amounts without knowing the ins and outs of your case, we can give you an idea of how compensation is calculated. If you would like more specific details, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You will find our contact details at the end of this post; we’d be more than happy to answer any queries you have.

How is compensation calculated?

One of the first things all accident lawyers will explain to you is that compensation is split into two parts. Firstly, you have general damages. This is the money you will receive for the injuries you have sustained. In order to make a compensation claim, you need to see a medical professional, as you need proof of your suffering. The doctor you see will provide a medical report, and this will reveal the injuries you have suffered, the extent of them and the recommended course of treatment. This is then used to discover how much money you will receive in the form of general damages.

The second part of the compensation is special damages. This is the money you will receive for any out of pocket expenses you have incurred because of the injury you have sustained. There are many different costs you could encounter, including prescription expenses, loss of income, the cost of repairing your vehicle, counselling expenses and much, much more. The only thing you need to do is make sure you have proof of these expenses.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how compensation is calculated. To have the best chance of securing the amount you deserve you need the services of the best accident lawyers. This is something we can help you with, as we cover the whole of the UK. All of our personal injury lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis as well, which eliminates the risk associated with making a claim.

How much compensation do you get for criminal injuries?

One thing you probably want to know is how much compensation you are going to receive. Your solicitor will not be able to give you an exact figure. However, they will be able to give you a good indication of how much you could end up receiving. The level of compensation depends on two things. Firstly, you are compensated for your injuries, and this is based on the severity of them and the impact it is having on your life. Secondly, you will be compensated for any out of pocket expenses you have suffered because of your injuries. In the table below, you can get a good indication regarding the average payout for some of the most common criminal injuries.

Injury DescriptionDescriptionStandard Compensation Amount
Loss of ThumbAmputation of one thumb.£16,500
Amputation of Great ToeComplete loss of one great toe.£6,200
Back Injury - Ruptured Invertebral Disc(s)Surgical removal required.£11,000
Femur Fracture - One LegWith Continuing Significant Disability£4,600
Foot - Fractured Metatarsal Bones In One FootWith Continuing Significant Disability£1,800
Neck ScarringSignificant Disfigurement£1,500
Elbow Fracture - One ElbowWith Continuing Significant Disability£6,200
Elbow Fracture - Both ElbowsWith Continuing Significant Disability£11,000
Torso ScarringSignificant Disfigurement£1,000
Torso ScarringSerious Disfigurement£3,500

If the injury you have sustained is not featured in the table above, you do not need to fret – you can still make a personal injury claim. You simply need to give us a call and we will elaborate further on the sort of payout you may receive.

No Win No Fee criminal injury compensation claims

If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault and you are thinking about making a claim, you may be a little bit worried about how you are going to fund it. Solicitors are notorious for charging very high fees, and you may not want to invest enormous sums of money in such a service when there is no guarantee that you are going to receive a payout at the end of it. This is an understandable view, but the good news is that there is a way around this.

The best way to combat the issue that has been mentioned is to look for a personal injury solicitor that is happy to work to a No Win No Fee payment agreement. By doing this, you are not required to front a big sum of money in order to prompt the professional to start putting your case together. This is not the only benefit. A No Win No Fee service means that you only need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. Therefore, if the solicitor in question does not manage to secure compensation for you, you don’t have to worry about paying for the legal expenses out of your own pocket. This is extremely important, as it reduces risk by a huge degree and gives you that much needed peace of mind.

Here at Legal Expert, we can potentially provide No Win No Fee solicitors to support criminal injury claims. Therefore, you can be confident that we have the best solution for you. You know that our solicitors are going to be working hard to secure compensation for you, as they are impacted by the outcome of the case. Not only this, but you can rest assured that we will be honest with you throughout as well. If we do not think your case is strong enough, we will tell you that your chances of securing compensation are slim, and that it’s not worth the hassle.

Why make a criminal injury compensation claim with Legal Expert?

If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault there is every chance that you will be entitled to personal injury compensation. This is often the case so long as the incident has occurred within the last three years and you have received professional medical attention for your injuries. If so, the only thing you need to do is get in touch with Legal Expert and we will take care of everything for you. Read on to discover the top five reasons why we are the best law firm for you.

  • Experience – We have been dealing with criminal injury claims for many years now. Therefore, you can be sure we have all of the experience to handle your case. In fact, it is likely that we will have handled many similar cases in the past.
  • Free legal advice – We have a legal helpline available and we provide free advice. The details of which can be found at the end of the guide. All you have to do is give us a call and one of our friendly advisers will happily answer all of your questions. This level of customer care is difficult to find elsewhere.
  • Excellent reputation – We are proud to have an impeccable reputation. All you need to do is read the reviews on our website to see that this is the case.
  • No Win No Fee – All of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. There are lots of benefits associated with No Win No Fee You will not need any money to begin your claim and financial risk is eliminated. You can also be sure that we will not waste your time. If we don’t think your case is strong, we will tell you.
  • We care – We always put our clients first. We recognise that you are going through an incredibly difficult time at the moment and the last thing you need is a complicated and stressful legal process. We leave you to focus on what really matters – getting better. We will concentrate on getting you the highest amount of compensation possible.

So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call to benefit from our five-star service.

Talk to our team today

If you’re looking for advice or potentially other support in making a criminal injury claim, then you can call Legal Expert by dialing 0800 073 8804. You can call this number if you have any queries about the personal injury claims process. We would be more than happy to assist you in any manner we can. There are also other ways to get in touch with us. You can use our claim form or our 24/7 live chat service to get in touch. Head to the contact page on our website to find out more.

Useful resources

If you’re in need of any further information, you can always give us a ring, but if you’d prefer to do a little reading first, these pages may be interesting to you.

Criminal Injury – Making Claims – More of a guide on Criminal Injury Claims

CICA Criminal Injury Compensation Claims – Another of our great guides on compensation

The Authority – The government’s page on criminal injury

Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims FAQs

Is criminal injuries compensation taxable?

No, claimants don’t have to pay any tax on injury compensation that they receive..

Do I need a solicitor to claim compensation?

It’s not a necessity, but your chances of winning a case greatly increase if you use a personal injury solicitor.

How long does a criminal injury compensation claim take?

It can take around two years between the claim beginning and a settlement being agreed upon.

Should you accept the first compensation offer?

No, because this is almost always an opening offer, meaning that any subsequent offers will be higher.

Do insurance companies want to settle out of court?

Insurance companies prefer to settle out of court to avoid litigation costs and especially if the evidence suggests the claimant will win a trial.

How do I prove a personal injury claim?

This is about proving that someone owed you a duty of care but breached it, thus causing an accident that left you hurt.

How much do lawyers take from settlement?

If a No Win No Fee policy is in place, then the lawyers take a nominal percentage with a legal cap.

Do I have to accept a settlement offer?

You don’t have to accept a settlement offer, but if you don’t, then the trial will end up in court.

If you would like to speak to an adviser about criminal injuries compensation claims, you can do so by contacting Legal Expert today.

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