How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Assault?

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In most cases where someone needs to make a personal injury claim, their injuries will have been caused by an accident, however, in some cases people need to claim for an injury which was deliberately perpetrated, such as with assault compensation claims.

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Assault compensation claims

Compensation for assault could be claimed for incidences such as assaults by a stranger, a friend or family member, a spouse or partner, assaults in a prison, or even sexual assaults. You could also claim compensation for aggravated assaults and attacks with a deadly weapon. In the UK, assault is defined as physical attacks, threats, or harm to someone else.

When making a compensation claim for assault, the amount of compensation you might be awarded can vary substantially depending upon how serious your injuries are. Each assault claim will be unique. Some will involve serious and life-changing consequences. Others may not cause physical harm but leave deep psychological scars. However, remember that even psychological injuries can be severely debilitating and the effects can last much longer than many physical injuries.

It should be noted that many victims of assaults do not make compensation claims. This is because the assault they have been victim to can be extremely traumatic. After being attacked, mugged, or sexually assaulted many people will wish to forget what happened to them. The last thing anyone wants to do is to have to relive it by setting out what happened to them. At Legal HelpLine we are trained professionals. We understand that it can be difficult to talk about what has happened to you. Our experts are here to provide you with the support and guidance needed throughout the claims process.

Please read the guide below to find out more about making an assault compensation claim, getting victim support, and how much compensation you may get for assault. When you are ready to make your claim, please call us on 0161 696 9685.

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For An Assault

At Legal Helpline, we understand that victims can often be traumatised by an assault, and that having to discuss the event as well as answering questions about it can be very stressful for many people to do. Our team has a wealth of experience in helping the victims of assaults or violent crimes to make a compensation claim. We have our processes as streamlined as possible, helping to minimise stress. Once we have the details from you, we will handle your claim for you.

In many cases the name of the assailant may not be known and may not have been charged by the police for the offence. Even when people are known and have been charged with the offence, they may lack the financial resources to pay compensation. In such cases, you can still claim compensation for the assault your suffered. Assault injury claims can be made to the CICA, or Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This body is funded by the government. Its role is to compensate victims in cases such as those above.

Please note that as each and every case of assault or experience of a violent crime is different it is difficult to estimate how long your claim could take, or how much your damages may be. However, in the guide below we provide guidance on how long claims can take, and how much compensation you could receive.

What Is An Assault?

Assault as a legal term and covers several types of offences against the person. The most common of these is ‘common assault’ defined under section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1988. It is defined as happening when one person assaults or commits battery on another.

The CPS defines it (partially) as follows:

An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force. A battery is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly applies unlawful force to another. Where there is a battery, the defendant should be charged with ‘assault by beating’. (DPP v Little (1992) 1 All ER 299)”.

There are different types and degrees of assaults. The classification may depend on:

  • Who was involved in the assault,
  • Where it happened,
  • Any motivations (such as racial motivations),
  • What events took place.

The different classifications of assault include:

Common assault: this covers assaults which do not result in any visible marks or injury.
Actual bodily harm: these are more serious injuries and more serious forms of criminal assault. They result in visible injuries such as bruising or scratches.
Grievous bodily Harm: this is the most serious type of assault and might result in people making stab wound compensation claims.
Sexual assaults: sexual contact which is initiated without consent can be considered an assault. It might include groping, rape, or other forms of sexual assaults.

To find out more about the different types of assault in the UK, please follow the CPS link in the introduction.

Assault Statistics In The UK

By looking at statistics produced by the Office For National Statistics we can see some general trends for the number of assaults in the UK. For these figures, we are using data from the ONS and the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

  • Violent crime peaked in 1995 with 3.8 million incidents, to 1.3 million in 2016.
  • Violence against the person has risen by 27%, BUT, this is thought to be as a result of better recording of offences.
  • 55% of violent incidents resulted in no injuries.
  • Assault with minor injuries accounted for 21%
  • Woundings accounted for 24%.
  • At its peak in 1995, 4.8% of adults had experienced a violent crime. This had fallen to 1.8% in 2016.

You can find further information in this ONS overview of violent crime and sexual offences.

What Types Of Assaults Can You Claim Compensation For?

Unless otherwise specified, you can often make a personal injury claim for any form of assault which resulted in a physical or psychological injury. Examples of assault compensation claims we can conduct include:

  • Assaults in public places.
  • Assaults whilst in a prison,
  • Assaults in the workplace.
  • Assaults in the home (by a domestic partner, etc).
  • Assault perpetrated by a negligent carer.
  • Sexual assaults
  • Bouncers being assaulted.
  • Criminal assault injury instances.
  • Assault injury claims where the victim was fatally injured.
  • Assaults with offensive weapons.

If you have suffered any type of assault our team may be able to help you. Please contact us today and continue reading to find out how much compensation you will get for an assault claim.

What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority And How Long Can It Take To Get Compensation?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a government body set up to make assault compensation payouts in the event that the assailant is not found, charged, or is unable to make the payment. Estimating how long a personal injury claim will take can be difficult. Whilst there is a three year personal injury claims time limit in which to make a claim different cases will take different lengths of time to complete. You will need to have a medical assessment at the beginning of your claim to establish the severity of your injury, and how it might affect you in the future.

Most of the time when making a claim for assault, such as for compensation for an assault by a beating, or other assault, a claim can take around six months. Very complex claims might take longer to conclude successfully. Legal HelpLine will be with you at every step of the way.

Can Witnesses To Assaults Claim Compensation?

Whilst we tend to think of the victim themselves making a criminal injury compensation claim, in many cases those who witness serious and violent assaults could also experience trauma. Witnesses can find that they experience psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fear of going out to public places, difficulty sleeping, and disrupted eating habits.

Whilst we have seen in recent statistics that violent crime and assaults are supposedly much lower than in previous years, the way in which they are recorded and reporting in the media can make it seem they are more common. As most of us are not used to witnessing such events, exposure to violence can be more shocking. Even as a witness, if the events have had a measurable effect on you and caused your physical or mental health to be affected, you could make a compensation claim.

How To Make A Compensation Claim for An Assault

The choice to take legal action is often not an easy one to make and we understand that the thought of discussing what has happened to you could be worrying. As such, we try to make this process as simple and stress free as we can. To make a claim for an assault, such as an assault at work, there are several things which you will need to do, as well as pieces of information we will need.

We will need to ask questions to ascertain the information listed below. Having information to hand before your consultation can help to make this process quicker and easier.

  • Information about where and when the assault happened (was it an assault at work, or in a public place), as well as how it happened.
  • Any information known about the person who committed the assault. Were they a colleague at work, a stranger on the street, or someone such as security staff at a venue.
  • Was the assault reported? To make a claim, you will need to have reported your assault and have a crime number for it. Without this, it is likely we will not be able to conduct your assault personal injury claim.
  • Details of your injury or injuries. Have these been assessed by a doctor?
  • If you have already seen a doctor, what treatment was needed?
  • What will be the long-term effects (if any) on your health and wellbeing?
  • Has your income been affected?

Whilst this might seem a lot of information to go through, it is necessary to be able to advise you on whether or not we can help you. It also helps us to decide what steps to take next. At this point we may be able to offer to help you under a no win, no fee agreement. This means we would be able to start conducting your claim without you having to make any payments. We understand that assault compensation claims might not be easy, but we do always aim to reduce your stress and discomfort as much as we can.

When Making A Compensation Claim, What Can Be Included?

How much compensation for assault at work or in another circumstance you could claim compensation for is driven by factors such as how serious your injures are and how they will affect you. However, as well as being compensated for the physical or psychological trauma, there are other things which can be included in compensation claims. Other elements of assault compensation claims can include:

  • Medical and care costs: if you have had to meet an medical expenses for initial or outpatient treatment, or if you will require any form of care to help you on a day-to-day or weekly level, you can claim for such costs.
  • Travel costs: you may have had to attend several different medical facilities resulting in various travel expenses. You can reclaim these costs.
  • Any income which you have lost: this can include income and benefits lost due to your injuries.

Valuing Compensation Claims Through The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Any injuries claimed for under the CICA must meet a qualifying minimum amount. Meaning they must be worth £1,000 or more. We should also note that the CICA also has a maximum amount of compensation at £50,000. Between this, there are set amounts for different forms of injury and levels of severity. This is similar to how claims amounts are valued through the Judicial College Guidelines in most other cases.

How Much Compensation Could You Claim After An Assault?

As we have already looked at, the amount of compensation that you could be awarded for an assault will depend on what type of claim you are making (such as a stab wound compensation claim) and how serious the injuries were. In the table below we will look at examples of different types of injury we can help you claim compensation for, and how much those claims might be worth.

Type of injuryCommentsSettlement
Cheek injurySerious damage to the cheek bone including fractures or breaks.Up to £13,000
Jaw bone injurySerious damage to the jaw bone including fractures and breaks.£5,400 to £7,400
Tooth injuryLoss of or damage to a single (one) tooth.Up to £3,300
Tooth injuryLoss of multiple teeth, or damage to multiple teeth.Up to £9,600
Wrist injury - minorMay include more minor fractures.£2,900 to £3,700
Wrist injury - majorMajor fracture to wrist or armUp to £51,000
Hand injury - seriousSerious injuries to both hands. This may lead to reduced ability to use the hands.£49,010 to £74,150
Neck injuries - severeSerious and injuries which will have a long term affect on the persons life. This will lead to serious pain and reduced function or ability to move the neck.£39,870 to £130,060
Back injuries - severeMay include a broken back, and any injuries will have a permanent or long term affect. £34,000 to £141,150
Leg injuries - severeMay include serious fractures or breaks, or multiple injuries to a single leg. Leg will be immobile for sometime. £34,370 to £48,080

The figures in the compensation table above are provided as illustrations of how much compensation you could be eligible to claim. It should be noted that different severities of the injuries outlined will attract different levels of compensation. Figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Assault

Sometimes known as a CFA, or conditional fee agreement, no win no fee agreements are a way for people to make a compensation claim without having the meet expensive legal fees at the beginning of a case. Their purpose is to ensure that people who need legal advice or to make a claim can do so without money being a barrier.

People who do not have the finances necessary to make a compensation claim after an assault could well need to do so after losing income and suffering both physical and financial losses. Being able to do so without needing to worry about the costs of this can help these people start a claim. The solicitor will assume any financial burdens associated with the claim. They will only be paid a fee if and when they win your claim. Not before.

Why Should You Choose Legal Helpline To Help With Your Claim?

We believe that as a victim of an assault, you have the legal right to be compensated for any harm caused to you. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping people such as yourself. We know that you will have been through a traumatic ordeal and our personal injury solicitors have the experience needed to make a strong assault compensation claim. Our aim will always be to put you, the client first. This means we will always try to help you without causing any further distress and that we will try to resolve your claim as soon as possible, and with as little stress to you as we can.

Whilst we are conducting your assault claim you can keep in touch with us along the way via phone and email and we will always be on hand to answer any questions or queries which you may have. We will also strive to secure you the maximum possible amount of compensation.

Providing Support For Assault Victims

An assault can leave your frightened, angry, and at a loss. Different people will react in different ways to being the victim of an assault. Some people are able to resume their life straight after the assault, only to suffer a breakdown, weeks or even months later. Some people will also suffer symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, such as disrupted sleep and eating patterns. Over the long term, most people will return to a normal life after a period of healing. Part of this can be getting any assault compensation which you are owed. It should be noted here that some victims will suffer psychological traumas over the long term, taking months or years to recover.

Talk To Legal Helpline Today

If you need to make an assault compensation claim, please contact Legal Helpline today. Our expert team are on hand to take your call, discuss your assault and injuries and provide further information as to how we can help you. Our aim is always to provide you with the best possible legal service and in cases involving assault of other violent crimes, to do so in the least disruptive or stressful way possible.

You can contact our team today by calling the number at the top of this page. Alternatively click here to contact us by sending a message to us.

Helpful Links And Resources

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CICA

More information from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on claiming compensation for assault and violent crimes.