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Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICA)

If you are injured in a criminal attack and have been a victim of violent crime you could in principle bring a financial claim against your attacker for damages. However, it is unlikely in most cases that they will have enough money to meet the claim, and unless the attacker was at work they won’t be insured.

Because of this, the government has set up the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to provide compensation for the victims of violent crime.

Am I eligible for compensation under this scheme?

There are a number of different factors which are taken into account when assessing whether someone is eligible for compensation. In general you must be the innocent victim, so for example someone who voluntarily becomes involved in a fight is unlikely to qualify. You would also normally be expected to do what you can to help bring the offender to justice, for example by co-operating fully with the police.

Usually any claim to the CICA should be made within two years of the incident, or by the date of your 20th birthday if you were a child when the incident took place.

In some cases, such as those involving domestic violence or sexual offences, the CICA understands that reporting the matter to the police, or applying for compensation may be difficult, and often considers the reasons for delay sympathetically.  It will treat each case individually.

We have many years' experience in dealing with claims to the CICA, and can help you through the application process, advising on whether your claim has been properly assessed. If necessary we can help with applications to review or appeal CICA decisions if they get things wrong.

Have you been a victim of a violent crime and need help with a potential compensation claim?

Contact us on 01733 882800 or email: for:

  • A FREE initial consultation of your personal injury claim and your needs;
  • No Win No Fee basis, no risk to you;
  • We are specialist personal injury lawyers;
  • You will have a dedicated lawyer to look after your claim;
  • We win 96.9% of all our claims; and
  • We get the right care, support & compensation for you.

To find out if you can make a successful compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis for an injury you have suffered, book your FREE initial claim consultation with our Personal Injury Team on:

01733 882800

Download our guide to CICA below:

Guide to CICA (210.2 KiB)


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