Criminal Injury Claims

The CICA is a Government body that exists to compensate blameless victims of violent crime.

We can assist from start to finish to ensure that you receive the right amount of compensation.

If you have been involved in an incident or accident where you have been the victim of a crime and

have suffered an injury, then you have a right to make a criminal injury claim.

You can be compensated for any injury resulting from the crime and also other losses incurred, simply by pursuing this claim.


The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a body that is funded by the Government to pay compensation to victims of violence or for the apprehension of an offender. They process applications and make awards for a criminal injury claim. It is the most popular choice of recovering compensation for blameless victims of violent crime.

There are various key factors that apply when making a CICA claim:

  • The incident can be for any crime even a minor assault
  • The incident must have been reported to the police
  • The value of the injuries for the criminal injury claim must be over £1,000
  • The claim must be made within two years of the incident
  • Road Traffic Offences are excluded and do not fall under criminal injury claim
  • Damages for loss of property are excluded and do not fall under criminal injury claim
  • The victim must not have provoked the attacker or caused the crime to succeed with the criminal injury claim
  • The victim should not have any previous convictions or be of a dubious character
  • The compensation award will be based on a fixed tariff
  • A victim of violence in a family will receive criminal injury claim compensation so long as the offender will not benefit from any award.

How To Make A Criminal Injury Claim

The CICA will investigate and collect the necessary evidence and eventually make a decision whether a claim can be made. If the applicant is not happy with the decision made by the CICA, it can be reviewed and appealed against.

With the appeal, the claim is re-assessed by a different person to ensure fairness. But again, this can be appealed. At this stage, the claim will go to a Tribunal Service where it will be heard before a Judge.

A legal framework exists to help you to obtain compensation, but you will need assistance to ensure you receive the maximum award for your criminal injury claim. There are three main ways of pursuing a claim if you have been the victim of a crime and suffered an injury:-

1. Criminal Compensation Order

2. Civil Damages Claim

3. Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claim

Criminal Compensation Order

If a person is convicted of a criminal offence the Court can order the offender to pay compensation of up to £5,000. The Court is under a duty to consider whether to award compensation and must state reasons if an order is not made. They must have evidence of the victim’s injuries in order to give the claimant compensation. Often the Criminal Court award compensation at very low levels usually because the offender has little or no financial assets to pay any award made.

A victim of violence has the right to make a criminal injury claim and to sue for compensation for assault in the normal Civil Courts. This is rarely done because again most offenders have few or no financial assets to compensate for the criminal injury claim and also do not have any insurance cover in place to pay any award made for a criminal injury claim.

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Adam Cresswell - Seatons Solicitors

Criminal Injury Claim Specialists

Hello, I am Adam Cresswell and I am the Head of Seatons Solicitors Compensation Claim Department.

We act for clients on accident claims across the United Kingdom. We are not a middleman claims company. We are specialist accident compensation claim lawyers. We will always fight on your behalf and make sure your claim is dealt with quickly and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation.

We are members of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority Personal Injury Panel which is only open to solicitors who have high levels of experience and expertise in dealing with accident claims.

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If you have had an accident and are thinking about making a claim, then please call us. We offer free initial advice and if we take your claim on, we always work on a No Win No Fee basis.

All you need do is simply pick up the phone and give us a call on 01536 276300 or use our online enquiry form and we can then take things from there.

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