To be able to submit a UK Criminal Injury Claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority you must have been either physically or mentally injured as a result of criminal activity within Scotland, England or Wales. The affliction must be of a certain severity to qualify for compensating via the CICA UK as they only have 25 levels of criminal compensation for which they pay out from £1,000 to £250,000. The maximum amount you can receive in criminal injury compensation after all losses and expenses have been considered is £500,000 – which may sound like a lot but normally the severity of the injuries sustained to demand such high amount are such that the money will never fully compensate. You can view various types of criminal injury claim that qualify for their criminal injuries compensation scheme here.
There are some simple guidelines to judge whether you have a possible UK criminal injury claim that qualifies for an award from the criminal injuries compensation scheme. Here are the basic criminal injuries compensation UK guidelines:
To make a claim for criminal injury compensation you MUST have:
- been a victim of a crime of violence, or injured in some other way covered by the scheme physically and/or mentally injured as a result
- been in England, Scotland or Wales at the time when the injury was sustained
- been injured seriously enough to qualify for at least the minimum award available under the Scheme
- been a dependant or relative of a victim of a crime of violence who has since died.
- reported the incident personally to the police as soon as possible after it happened
- sent your application so that they receive it within 2 years from the date of the incident causing the injury.
You CANNOT make a claim for criminal injury compensation if:
- you were injured before 1 August 1964
- you have already applied for compensation in respect of the same criminal injury under this or any other scheme operating in Great Britain
- the injury happened before 1 October 1979 and you and the person who injured you were living together as members of the same family.
There are sometimes good reasons for the above not occurring and criminal compensation can sometimes be recovered even if you cannot affirm all of the above requirements. As stated, criminal injury compensation can also be claimed for mental anguish as long as that mental anguish is severe enough to qualify for the lowest CICA UK award amount of £1,000. If you have any doubts or questions prior to claiming then please contact the Criminal Injuries Compensation UK team and we will do our best to answer your questions.