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I was a passenger in a car involved in a road traffic accident and suffered serious injuries to my right shoulder, my elbow and scarring to my forehead. I was unable to work for a long time. Jefferies Solicitors Ltd dealt with my case from the outset. I never expected that I would receive £21,191.00 of compensation for my injuries and other losses I had as a result of the accident. I am delighted with the outcome of my claim and would definitely recommend Jefferies Solicitors Ltd to anyone who wants to make an accident claim

Natasha from Manchester
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If you have innocently suffered an injury as the result of a violent crime in the last two years,  you may be able to claim compensation for criminal injuries.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government organisation which financially compensates victims of crime. It administers the Criminal Compensation Scheme, a free service that processes approximately 65,000 applications every year and allocates almost £200 million in compensation fees.

Making Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims To The CICA

  1. Inform the police and your employer (if the crime happened at work) of the incident, detailing the person and/or persons who carried out the crime and how it happened.
  2. Keep a written account of the episode with as much detail as possible.
  3. Fill out a CICA application form (contact details are on their website).

How the CICA will calculate your claim


The CICA operates a tariff detailing over 400 different injuries with corresponding compensation amounts ranging from £1,000 – £250,000. If your injury is minor, for example, a few bruises and scratches, it will fall short of the minimum fee of £1,000 and your claim may not worth pursuing. By the same token, criminal injuries compensation claims are capped at £250,000. Financial loss may also be pursued in certain cases, including earnings lost or the cost of medical care as a result of the injury.

No more than 3 serious injuries sustained in a single crime can be compensated. Claimants will receive 100% of the tariff value for the most severe injury, 30% of the second most serious and 15% for the third most serious injury. If there is a combination of minor personal injuries, it’s possible that the CICA will pay the minimum tariff of £1,000.

Working alongside police

The CICA works closely with police and medical professionals who supply information and evidence before making a decision about your claim. As a general rule, claims must have been crimes which have been officially reported to the police, but a conviction is not always necessary.

Collecting information from these various sources can be a prolonged exercise and sometimes when information is not readily available or is unclear, interim payments can be made. These payments will be deducted from any final settlement figure ultimately agreed.

Decisions on your claim

Decisions are sent in writing to the claimant and written confirmation of acceptance is required within 90 days if you are happy with the outcome. Failure to provide this can result in withdrawal of the offer. Compensation awards for young people under 18 are held in bank accounts accessible when the child reaches adulthood.

Guidelines for eligibility

  • Applications must be made within two years of the incident occurring
  • The injury arising from the crime must have been sustained in England, Scotland or Wales
  • Injuries must be serious enough to warrant the minimum £1,000 award

Reasons for non-eligibility

  • If you have failed to work with the police during your case
  • If there was a delay in informing the police of the crime
  • If you have a criminal record (depending on the crime and length of conviction you may receive a reduced award or no award)
  • If you have made a previous application for the same injury
  • If your injury occurred before 1 August 1964
  • If the CICA deem that you have actively participated in the crime then you will receive either a reduced amount or no compensation at all

How we can help you

Often there are very involved and complex aspects of a criminal injuries claim which would be better pursued by a specialist personal injury lawyer. However, please be aware that the CICA will not pay any legal costs you may have. At Jefferies, our team of solicitors are more than happy to find out more about your claim and any charges will be outlined before work commences.

You can seek compensation through the CICA while simultaneously using a personal injury lawyer to pursue an employer for compensation if you had an injury at work. However, if both claims are successful, the CICA will expect reimbursement.

To find out how we can help you with your CICA claim, contact our friendly today on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch using our online form.

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