Criminal Injury Claims

Been a Victim of Criminal Injury?

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If you’ve been the victim of a criminal injury then you’ve every right to seek compensation for your injuries. The difference between criminal injuries and other personal injury claims lies in the nature of the person you’ll be claiming against, i.e. the criminal. If you were an innocent bystander at a criminal act, and have suffered either physical or psychological injury as a result, then you can seek compensation even if the person committing the act hasn’t been charged or even caught.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government run body designed to compensate the victims of crime.


As the government’s own guide to the scheme says: ‘The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme to compensate blameless victims of violent crime. Payment can never fully compensate for the injuries suffered, but it is recognition of public sympathy’.

DID YOU KNOW: There is a two year time limit on claims to CICA.

Who Is Eligible For Compensation?

Put simply, the government states that you might be eligible for criminal injury compensation if:

Relatives who may be able to make a claim in this last example include:

DID YOU KNOW: You can make a claim even if the perpetrator is never caught.


CICA do set out some possible exceptions to the scheme, and a summary of these runs as follow:

If CICA accept that you were injured as a result of a criminal act for which you were in no way to blame, then they should agree to pay you compensation. The manner in which the compensation is calculated is set out in the CICA guide, which also includes a tariff of different injuries.


Criminal injury compensation is usually paid by a government-funded body called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – this video explains how these claims function.

The compensation will also cover one or more of the following:

A personal injury lawyer will be able to advise as to which of these you might be able to claim, and also explain the supporting evidence you’ll need to provide.

Examples of the injury compensation paid out by CICA include the following:

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