Each year there are thousands of victims of violent crime, we can help.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a violent mugging, attack on the street, sexual or other violent assault, we have the expertise to help you pursue a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This statutory body administers state compensation to violent crime victims. We will work with you and the CICA to achieve a fair compensation package for the losses you have suffered. We will also advise you on benefits and payments available to you if you are left permanently or temporarily disabled or unable to work.
If you or someone you know is a victim of violent crime your priority should be to report the matter to the Police and seek medical attention. You should also seek legal advice as soon as possible – we will need to investigate the evidence and contact witnesses at the earliest opportunity.
The benefits of the CICA scheme are available to victims of violent crime, even if an offender is not identified, caught or convicted. We will provide you with a free diagnostic interview and offer attractive funding arrangements to pursue CICA claims. There may be other legal courses of action to take too, such as a civil action or a compensation order.
There are time limits for making CICA claims which although discretionary, should never be ignored. CICA compensation can be claimed, for example, in child abuse and elderly person abuse cases where no conviction has been made, many years after the event. These claims are not exempt from time limits, but because of their sensitive nature and the fact that they often go unreported for many years, the limits can be waived.
Our personal injury team have experience of handling abuse cases in a sensitive way and hold membership of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL). You can also file, through the CICA, for fatal criminal compensation if someone you care about has died as a result of a crime of violence.