Assault Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Olivia Nichols. Last Updated 15th February 2021. Welcome to our assault claims guide. Thousands of criminal assaults occur in the UK every year, including assaults such as unprovoked attacks by a stranger, sexual assaults, domestic assaults, assaults that occur in prisons, assaults involving deadly weapons, aggravated assaults, and so on.

Ultimately, any kind of physical attack or threat of harm to someone else is classed as assault.

Obviously, the kind of assault and the severity of the assault will vary from one person to the next and all cases are unique. Some people who have been assaulted may not suffer any major trauma and recover quite quickly. However, others who have been assaulted may have been left with life-altering injuries, not just physically but mentally as well and may take years to recover if at all. Mental trauma can often be just as debilitating as physical trauma and can often outlast the physical side of the assault.

Often when someone has experienced a harrowing assault, they will just want to forget and put it all behind them and so don’t claim compensation for an assault that is rightfully theirs because they don’t want to have to re-live it all again by telling the details of the assault to someone they don’t know.

However, Legal Helpline is a Claims Management Company working with a team of professionals. We are here to help you get the compensation you so deserve and will gently help you through every step of the process. Just call us on 0161 696 9685 and we will do our best to help you.

In cases where the perpetrator has not been caught, or has been caught and charged but has no financial resources, assault compensation claims can still be made as the UK has a government-funded body that is called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. They have a duty of care to compensate victims of assault regardless of whether the perpetrator has been caught and charged.

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Your guide to claiming compensation for assault

Criminal assault claims can be very complex cases to deal with as there are so many different situations in which an assault may arise, and the injury, both physical and/or psychological can vary hugely in the type and its severity.

Anyone who has been a victim of assault may find the prospect of making an assault personal injury claim very daunting as it will undoubtedly bring back painful memories of what happened to them and so by being armed with some knowledge regarding assault compensation claims, the victim can feel more prepared in what to expect during the claiming process.

This guide will help to alleviate some of the anxiety a potential claimant may feel at the start of making their personal injury claim as they will have a better understanding of their rights as a victim.

In the guide, you will find information such as, what can be included in your claim, how long your claim may take, how to claim compensation when the perpetrator is not known, how much compensation you may be awarded, Legal Helpline’s No Win No Fee service, and much more.

Have a read through the guide and feel free to contact Legal Helpline for further help and advice. Legal Helpline has dealt with many, many assault injury claims cases and can give you an informed opinion on the legitimacy of your case.

What types of assault claims do we handle?

Assault claims

Assault claims

The amount of compensation awarded to a victim will greatly depend upon the type of assault he/she has suffered and it’s severity. In most cases, the more severe the injuries and the higher level of intent to cause injury by the perpetrator, the higher the compensation award.

In Britain, there are three levels of assault dependant on the degree of harm intended or caused, plus sexual assault also:

  • Common Assault – The Police and Courts often use this charge when someone has hit or slapped another person but without leaving any visible marks or injuries to the victim.
  • ABH (Assault that causes Actual Bodily Harm) – Assaults that come into this category are more serious than a common assault and will usually leave the victim with some visual injury such as scratches or bruising.
  • GBH (Assault that causes Grievous Bodily Harm) – These are the most serious cases and where the assaults are more violent in nature and the perpetrator has intended to cause serious harm to the victim. An example of GBH would be where someone has stabbed another person with a knife.
  • Sexual Assault – Any type of sexual behaviour or contact without the victim’s consent is classed as sexual assault. Some examples are rape, groping, child sexual abuse, drugging a victim unknowingly to carry out sexual acts, and stalking.

Legal Helpline deal with all the types of assault cases and so will be able to help you to get the compensation you deserve.

How to start a compensation claim for assault

Starting your criminal injury compensation claim isn’t going to feel easy as, in order to make a successful claim, the solicitor dealing with your case will need to know everything that happened, and we understand that this may be very stressful for you to do. As a Claims Management Company, our panel of solicitors which we work with have years of experience in dealing with these types of cases and so will get you through this part as quickly and easily as they can with plenty of support.

Having a legal firm run your compensation claims case for you will give you the best chance of success. Legal Helpline has been dealing with assault compensation claims for many years and therefore have a very good understanding of the system and what’s involved.

When you contact Legal Helpline, we will offer you a free, no-obligation consultation where we can discuss the details of your case and gather all of the facts from you. You also have an opportunity to voice any worries or concerns you may have and we can help you with these. Some of the types of questions we may ask you in order to understand the key facts will be:

  • Details on how the assault actually took place, where it took place and when.
  • Any details you may have regarding the person who launched the attack, were they working at the time? Were they just passing by you when they attacked?
  • Has the assault been reported to the Police? In most circumstances, unless the assault was reported and you have an incident number, it will be unlikely that we will be able to carry on with the claim.
  • What were the resulting injuries from the assault?
  • Have you received any medical treatment? If so, what kind?
  • Will there be any long term or permanent health implications from the injuries sustained in the assault?
  • Have you suffered or are you suffering from mental trauma as a result of the assault?
  • Have there been any financial losses such as loss of earnings due to being assaulted?

Once we have gathered all the key facts from you, we can assess the legitimacy of your case and then advise you on the next step to take. We will usually offer to fight your case for you on a No Win No Fee basis. We may also offer you a free, local medical if we feel it could be beneficial to your claim. We will then work hard gathering more facts and evidence to support your claim and will strive to get you the highest possible amount of compensation for the injuries you have sustained and the impact the assault has had on your life.

To learn more about what goes into assault claims, please get in touch with our team.

Am I able to claim even if nobody has been caught?

Although it may seem surprising, the answer to this question simply is, yes you can.

If you are a victim of an assault that was not your fault and you have sustained an injury or are suffering from mental trauma, then you will be eligible to make a claim for criminal injuries compensation.

For many victims of assault, and also for some witnesses to violent assault, the psychological effects can be even more damaging and longer-lasting than any physical injury they may have sustained. The victims will often find themselves playing what happened over and over again in their mind, they may find it hard to sleep and suffer reoccurring nightmares, going out in busy places or open spaces or anywhere that gives a similar feel to when they were attacked may give them panic attacks. Thankfully the law in the UK understands that the psychological after-effects on a victim of assault can have a huge effect on their lifestyle and ability to work and carry on as normal.

I witnessed an assault, can I claim compensation?

It comes as no surprise that anyone who is a witness to a violent assault will suffer some level of mental trauma. The effects of the trauma may be immediately apparent or can sometimes become apparent later on after the initial shock of what they have seen becomes less. Symptoms of their mental trauma may include having nightmares or difficulty sleeping, fear of public places, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, fear of going out at all, and so on.

Although the number of violent crimes that are committed in the UK are relatively low compared to other parts of the world, when a violent crime is witnessed, it can be all the more shocking to see.

Witnessing a violent assault on someone can be a harrowing experience and therefore can have a huge negative impact on your health and well-being and so if this can be proven, then you will be able to make a criminal assault claims compensation claim.

Are assault compensation claims a long process?

Criminal injuries compensation, how long does it take? With any legal dispute such as a compensation claim, all the necessary facts about each individual case need to be established and liability is proven before any conclusion can be reached. Depending on the case, this can take anywhere between 6 months and a few years. The more complex the case, the longer it will take to be resolved. Once liability is proven and a thorough investigation has been undertaken to realise the full impact on the victim’s life, in accordance with the tariff system set by the compensation authority, a settlement amount may be awarded.

Regardless of how long your case takes, if you have a strong claim, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, and thanks to our no win no fee assault claim service, there are no financial limitations on how long it takes to get the right result.

What am I able to claim for?

How much compensation will I get for an assault claim? Well, before being able to come to a final figure, there are a number of items that should be considered and included in your claim, each will be unique to your own personal circumstances and cannot be compared to other people’s claims.

Things that can be included in criminal injuries assault claims are:

  • General Damages – These are in relation to the actual injury itself and the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of being assaulted.
  • Medical Expenses – Any medical care costs, prescription fees, counselling fees etc that you have incurred as a direct result of being assaulted must be included.
  • Care Costs – If you are in need of daily assistance and care, you can claim for any costs.
  • Loss of Income – Make sure to include in your claim any loss of income and potential future loss of income.
  • Travel Expenses – If you have incurred travel costs due to being a victim of an assault then you can include these in your claim. Travel expenses will also include costs of adapting a vehicle if it was necessary due to your injury.
  • Care Claim – If someone has had to care for you in their own time or needed to take time away from work to care for you then they too can make a claim.

Assault compensation payouts

Assault compensation payouts will differ from case to case as the individual circumstances will be different with each one.

In order for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to pay out compensation, your injuries must be severe enough to receive the minimum amount of £1000.00. For the most serious types of injuries, the maximum payout amount is £500,000.00.

For different types of injuries, CICA has a number of set tariffs which are then used as a guideline for awarding compensation amounts which will all depend on the individual circumstances and severity of the injury.

In the table below is a list of different injuries that may be sustained in an assault and the amount that may be paid out in compensation for them.

Reason for CompensationAverage Amount AwardedComments
Mental Anguish£4,380Fear of impending death or reduction in expectation of life.
Minor PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)£1,440 to £5,500The amount awarded will be decided on the severity of the trauma effects.
Moderate PTSD£5,500 to £17,900Longer medical treatment required due to more severe PTSD symptoms.
Severe PTSD£51,460 to £108,620Permanent severe PTSD symptoms leaving the victim unable to work and other negative impacts on all areas of their life.
Brain Damage - Minor£2,070 to £11,980Minimal damage, recovery expected.
Brain Damage – Less Severe£14,380 to £40,410Good recovery made allowing the claimant to carry on with most things, but some normal functions may not be right still such as memory and concentration.
Brain Damage - Moderate£140,870 to £205,580The ability to work is reduced due to persistent memory and concentration issues that are quite severe.
Brain Damage – Moderately Severe£205,580 to £264,650Brain damage that leaves the victim permanently disabled and possibly with some degree of paralysis. Life expectancy may be greatly reduced.
Brain Damage - Severe£264,650 to £379,100Victim left in vegetative state, no meaningful response their environment, permanent care needed, life expectancy greatly reduced.
Neck Injuries - SevereIn the region of £139,210The severity of the injury and the impact on the victim's life will determine the awarded amount with the most severe warranting the higher amount.
Back Injuries - Severe£85,470 to £151,070The severity of the injury and the impact on the victim's life will determine the awarded amount with the most severe warranting the higher amount.
Multiple Fractures of Facial Bones£13,970 to £22,470Some facial deformity that may be permanent.
Fracture of nose or nasal complex - Severe£9,990 to £21,700From simple fracture with full recovery to more complex fracture needing surgery and leaving permanent damage to the airways, and/or tear ducts, and/or facial deformity.
Fracture of cheekbones - Severe£9,570 to £14,810From simple fractures with full recovery to more complex fractures requiring surgery and leaving victim with a form of paraesthesia and possible disfigurement.
Fracture to the Jaw - Severe£28,610 to £42,730Simple fracture with full recovery to more complex fractures causing ongoing pain, paraesthesia, difficulty in eating and risk of arthritis in the joints.
Loss of or serious damage to teethUp to £35,790From tooth pain to loss of teeth.
Facial disfigurement - very severe scarring£1,500 to £85,340Disfiguring scarring.
Arm Injuries - Minor - Severe£6,190 to £102,180Simple fractures with full recovery to loss of use of one or both arms.
Wrist Injuries - Minor - Severe£3,310 - £56,180Simple fractures with full recovery to loss of use of one or both wrists.
Hand Injuries – Minor - Severe£4,461 to £189,110Simple injuries with recovery within 6 months, to severe injuries causing the use of one or both hands to be lost.
Leg Injuries – Minor – Severe£11,110 to £264,650Simple fracture with full recovery to injuries leaving extensive permanent damage and in need of surgery.

It is important to remember that these amounts are just guides and the amount awarded will be dependent on the severity of the injury with the most severe attracting the higher award amounts. Also, these will not be the final settlement amount as all the other items mentioned earlier in the guide will also need to be taken into account when deciding on a final settlement amount.

To find out what else can be factored into assault claims, please get in touch with our team.

Claiming compensation for assault on a no win no fee basis

One of the great things about using an assault personal injury solicitor from the panel which Legal Helpline works with is that we offer a no win no fee service, which if you have a complex case that may potentially take a long time before it concludes, can be a major benefit.

No win no fee essentially means just that!  If we do not win your assault compensation claims case for you, there are no fees for you to pay. Only when we win do we ask for payment which is taken as a small percentage (no more than 25%) of your final compensation award.

With our no win no fee service, there are no upfront costs to pay or none during, therefore there is no financial gamble for you to take and no financial limitations stopping you from getting the compensation that you deserve.

Why use Legal Helpline to make an assault compensation claim?

Legal Helpline is a claims management company that always works hard to get the best possible outcome for their clients.

We have many years of experience dealing with lots and lots of different personal injury claims including many assault compensation claims. We understand that the victim of an assault has had a harrowing experience and do our best to take them through the claiming process as gently and sensitively as possible as we do not want to cause them any further distress. In all cases, our clients come first and we are only a phone call or email away if they have any worries, concerns or questions regarding the case of their claim.

Using our expertise and experience, we will work through your case with diligence and care to bring it to a successful conclusion as quickly as possible. We have a fantastic track record of getting our clients the maximum possible award amount and we will try our best to do the same for you and to get you the compensation that you are fully entitled to.

Speak with Legal Helpline today

If you want to make a claim for compensation for assault by beating or make an assault at work compensation claim, or any other assault compensation claims, just call Legal Helpline today on 0161 696 9685.

After an initial few general questions, you will be offered a free consultancy session with an assault personal injury solicitor where you can discuss the details surrounding your case and set the ball rolling to get you the highest compensation amount that you deserve.

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Assault Claims FAQs

To end this assault claims guide, we’ll answer some commonly asked questions about the subject.

How much money can you sue for pain and suffering?

The amount of compensation that you could receive as part of an assault claim depends on the severity of your injury. You’ll need an independent medical assessment to evidence your condition. For legal help and advice, please contact Legal Helpline today.

Can you get compensation if you are attacked?

You can get compensation for being attacked if you can prove you fell victim to a crime through no fault of your own. Compensation is awarded through the CICA. For more information, please speak to one of our specialist advisors today.

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