Criminal Injuries

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) manages the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in England and Wales.

The CICA provides compensation to people who have been injured as a result of crime, and in doing so recognizes the compassion in society for the innocent victims of violent crime.

The rules of the Scheme and the value of the payments awarded are set by Parliament. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority administers these rules. Payments are calculated by reference to a tariff of injuries. In certain circumstances you may also be entitled to additional payments for loss of earnings and special expenses.

Depending upon your injuries, the scheme may pay compensation of anywhere between £1,000 and £500,000.

The CICA can consider claims for the following:

  • personal injury following a single incident;
  • personal injury following a period of abuse;
  • loss of earnings;
  • fatal injuries, including loss of parental services and financial dependency;
  • funeral payments.

Circumstances in which you may be eligible for a payment

You may get a payment if you:

  • were a direct victim of a crime of violence;
  • were not to blame for the incident;
  • sustained an injury while taking an exceptional and justified risk, while trying to remedy or prevent a crime;
  • sustained a mental injury as a result of witnessing or being involved in the immediate aftermath of an incident in which a loved one is injured; or;
  • are a qualifying relative of a victim who has died from injuries caused by a crime of violence.

It is not a requirement that the offender is convicted of the said crime, or that the offender is identified or caught.

If you have been injured as a result of crime and believe you have a case call us free today on 08000 88 66 44 for a no obligation assessment of your claim. Alternatively complete our online enquiry form and one of our experienced personal injury lawyers will call you back.