This guide will take you through examples of CICA payouts that successful criminal injuries compensation claims could result in. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) are an executive agency with government sponsorship. They can compensate those who have been injured due to a crime of violence.
We will look closely not only at the different payouts that could be awarded but also at the eligibility criteria that determine if a claim is valid. This guide will also share useful information on gathering evidence and the kinds of incidents that the CICA recognises as violent crimes.
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The table below provides some examples of CICA payouts that can be awarded for injuries suffered due to crimes of violence. If a claim is successful, the CICA will use a tariff from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 to value your compensation claim. This includes both physical and psychological harm or a combination of the two.
Multiple injuries can be claimed for, though only the highest-valued injury will receive 100 per cent of the award value outlined in the 2012 Scheme. The second-highest or equally valued injury will attract 30 per cent of the amount in the Scheme, while 15 per cent of the tariff value will be awarded for the injury with the third-highest or equivalent value.
Other payments exist that are not subject to this formula for certain circumstances. You can speak with our team for information on this.
|Major Paralysis||Substantially complete paraplegia. This award does not account for paralysis resulting from brain damage.||£175,000|
|Leg||The loss of both legs.||£110,000|
|Brain Damage||Moderate brain damage causing a moderate degree of dependence on others.||£55,000|
|Ear||Permanent and total deafness in both ears.||£44,000|
|Arm||Loss of one non-dominant arm.||£33,000|
|Sexual Offence Against A Victim Of Any Age||Sexual assault causing serious internal injuries||£22,000|
|Other Payments||The victim is infected with one or more of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV. This payment falls outside of the multiple injury formula.||£22,000|
|Kidney||The loss of one kidney.||£11,000|
|Wrist||Both wrists are dislocated or fractured, but recover substantially.||£6,200|
|Finger/Thumb||The index finger on one hand is fractured or dislocated with resultant significant disability that persists.||£1,800|
Examples Of Payouts For Special Expenses
You could also be awarded compensation to reimburse you for certain special expenses that you have incurred. These expenses must be proven to directly result from the violent crime you were the victim of; they also need to be necessary and reasonable.
Among the possible special expenses that the CICA could reimburse for are:
- The cost of care or supervision required to prevent substantial danger to you or others.
- Money spent on treatment under the NHS or treatment under another state health service that would have incurred the equivalent cost.
- Fees for special equipment or accommodation adaptations made necessary by your injuries.
- The price of replacing physical aids damaged during the crime, such as spectacles.
Compensation for special expenses will only be awarded if injuries restrict work beyond the 28-week period but are backdated to the incident date. For example, if your work-limiting injuries last for more than 28 weeks but you replaced your broken glasses the week after the incident, you can still claim for the cost of the replacement glasses.
Examples Of Payouts For Loss Of Earnings
If you are injured so badly that you cannot work, you may be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay for the first 28 weeks after the incident.
You could claim through the CICA for a loss of earnings lasting beyond 28 full weeks in certain circumstances. You’d only be awarded compensation for the period that Statutory Sick Pay does not cover.
There are several for loss of earnings or other special expenses claims, so it is worth speaking to our advisors to find out what you can request and what could be paid out.
Your chances of claiming are higher if you can meet the CICA’s eligibility requirements, which are that:
- You were the victim of a crime of violence;
- The incident occurred in England, Scotland or Wales;
- You reported the crime to the police.
- You suffered physical and/or mental injury because of the crime.
It is also worth noting that the CICA exists as a last resort for a claim. Therefore, you must also show that you have no other channel through which you could claim compensation for your injuries, such as against a vicariously liable party.
In most cases, you must begin a claim within two years of the incident being reported to the police, which would be expected to be done immediately. However, there can be exceptions in particular cases. If exceptional circumstances meant there was a delay in making the claim or in reporting the incident, the CICA might still consider a claim.
Our advisors, as well as discussing examples of CICA payouts, can tell you more about the eligibility criteria. Please get in touch if you have questions.
You need to provide proof that you were the victim of a violent crime that caused you injury and that you meet the CICA’s qualifying criteria in order to make a claim. To do this, you should ensure you have:
- Proof of nationality. The CICA website states some clear conditions for non-Brits.
- A crime reference number to show you reported the crime.
- Medical records demonstrating the extent of your injuries.
You could ask our advisors to explain what steps you should take to gather this evidence while discussing examples of CICA payouts.
However, it is not necessary to gather witness details or police reports. The CICA can liaise with the police while reviewing a claim to understand what happened and gauge your conduct during the incident. Along with your criminal record, this information can have an impact on the payout you receive.
If you would like to speak with a member of our team today about the evidence you might need to provide in support of a claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Not every crime is classed as a crime of violence that the CICA can compensate for. Among the examples of crimes of violence are:
- Certain threats that cause fear of immediate violence;
- Sexual abuse or assault;
- Physical attacks, such as assault.
You can still claim if no one has been convicted, charged or identified, so proving the perpetrator’s identity is not required. Get in touch with our team today if you have questions about making a compensation claim through the CICA.
You may want to find legal representation to help you claim through the CICA. An expert criminal injury solicitor from our panel could support you with a valid claim by gathering evidence and submitting all the necessary documentation. They may also be able to discuss examples of CICA payouts. The lawyers from our panel offer their services under No Win No Fee terms, specifically under a Conditional Fee Agreement.
You could benefit from this agreement, which means you don’t have to pay a fee for your solicitor’s services upfront or as the claim is ongoing, or at all if the claim fails.
If your claim is a success, then:
- Your solicitor would take a success fee, which is a percentage of the compensation awarded.
- This percentage is capped by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
If you would like to discuss the examples of CICA payouts that we have shown you in this guide, you can speak to our dedicated advisors. On top of this, an advisor could assess your potential claim and connect you with a solicitor from our panel if you have valid grounds to seek criminal injury compensation through the CICA.
We are here to help, so if you need support or guidance, then please:
You may find our other guides to be a worthwhile read:
- Support with reporting historic sexual abuse.
- Claiming compensation for the victim of murder.
- A guide on criminal injury claims for assault.
These resources may also be helpful:
- GOV.UK – Get support as a victim of crime.
- Police guidance on how to report a crime.
- NHS – Health A-Z.
Thank you for reading our guide and looking through the examples of CICA payouts. If you need any support, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.