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Stephen Gallico Solicitors
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Tel: 01737 761004
Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims
If you have been the victim of a crime of violence and suffered injury as a result of it, we can help you and advise you on making a claim for compensation from the compensation scheme run by the Criminal Injuries Authority. We will use our many years of injury claims compensation experience to ensure that we obtain the right amount of compensation for you.
Types Of Criminal Injuries Claims
The injury you sustain must be caused as a result of a criminal attack. This can include:
- a physical attack
- sexual abuse
- physical abuse
- any other criminal attack with the intention of harming you
Who Can Make A Criminal Injuries Claim?
Two groups of people can make a Criminal Injuries Claim:
- Someone who has sustained a criminal injury; or
- An applicant on behalf of a deceased victim of a criminal injury.
Time Limit To Make A Criminal Injuries Claim
It is vital to understand the the time limit for making a Criminal Injuries Claim is less than the normal time period of three years for making a non criminal personal injury claim.
Therefore, you must seek early legal advice to ensure you comply with the time limits and also the qualification criteria set down by the authority. Failure to do so can result in you being unable to make a claim for compensation. Contact us for a free initial review to see if we can help you.
You only have TWO YEARS from the date of the criminal injury to make your application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
What Criminal Injuries Compensation Can You Claim For?
If you make a successful Criminal Injuries Claim for compensation you will be entitled to receive the following compensation:
- A claim for compensation for your physical injury (over £1,000)
- A claim for your lost earnings (payable after 28 weeks of lost earnings have accrued)
Costs or Charges?
Unfortunately the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme makes no allowance for any payment of your legal costs, yet the process for claiming can be fraught with difficulties if you do not understand the system. The difference can mean you being awarded a significantly lower sum than you may be entitled to, often leading to a reduction in your compensation payment.
Therefore, if we can help you with a claim we take a small amount of your compensation for payment of our time. This is determined on a case by case basis. Once we have discussed your potential claim with you, we will advise you of the likely level of your compensation and what our fees will be to help you make a claim. You can then decide whether you would like to proceed. Until that point all initial contact with us is free of charge and once we have advised you of the likely level of your compensation, and the percentage of that compensation that would be payable to us for our legal advice, you can then decide whether you would like us to help you. Until that time you will not incur any charges from us, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting us now.
Who will ensure you recover all of your compensation?
We hope you will realise that we will do this for you as a matter of course, along with so much more.
To find out if we can help you with your accident claim please Call us on 01737 761004 or complete our Online Enquiry Form and we will be in touch with you soon.