By making a criminal injury claim, you are looking to receive justice for what has happened to you. Out of all the types of injuries you can suffer from, criminal injuries can be extremely traumatic. You never wanted to get hurt. The fact that it was not an accident can leave you feeling emotionally scarred and vulnerable. It can take months, sometimes even years to recover from the physical and emotional damages. When you don’t know who was responsible for your damages, it can leave you feeling frightened of leaving your own front door step. That’s why it’s crucial that you get the help you need to ensure that you get justice and compensation for your damages.
Even if you do not know who was responsible for your damages, you could still claim compensation from CICA. Gowing Law Solicitors are here to help you get a pay-out whilst you recover. It’s a daunting prospect taking on a legal claim on your own, especially a criminal injury claim. That’s why our solicitors will make sure you are entirely at ease whilst they contact CICA on your behalf and help you through the claims process. To learn more about making this type of claim, contact our law firm by calling 0800 041 8350 or by visiting our website today:
What are classified as criminal injuries?
When we think about criminal activity, our minds tend to jump to house invaders or people looking to start a fight on a night out. Truth be told, criminal injuries can happen at any time and in any place. They could happen to you when you go out with friends or they could happen if you cross the road. Sometimes it all depends on being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some criminal injuries that you sustain may only be small, but at other times they can be life-changing. Some examples of criminal injuries can include:
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
- Terrorism attacks
- Group attacks
- Domestic Violence
- Property destruction
As you can see from those listed, the types of criminal activities will vary in their destruction and damages. No matter what type of criminal injury you have suffered from, you have the right to compensation. Keep that in mind when you start your claim. You were the victim and you did not deserve to get hurt. That’s why it’s crucial that, even if you do not know who hurt you, you are able to go to CICA to get justice and to help you recover with the help of a compensation pay-out.
What type of injuries could I suffer from?
As you have survived an assault or an attack, the main reason behind your criminal injury claim is to claim compensation for any injuries you have suffered from. These are also known as “damages”. Before we jump into physical injuries, in the legal world, damages mean a lot more than just suffering a cut, laceration or bruising. There are additional types of damages you can suffer from, including emotional damages, property damages, technology damages and financial damages. However, to claim for these, you will have to have suffered from physical damages from your attack. Take a look at the infographic below to get a better idea of the type of criminal injuries you could have suffered from:
As you can see, there are a range of injuries you could suffer from due to criminal activity. It’s important to understand that whether you have just been involved in a small fight or someone has attacked, mugged you and left you with severe head trauma, your damages will make you eligible for compensation. It is entirely up to you to decide whether or not you think it is worth moving forward with the claim. Your solicitor will be able to help you understand how much you could be owed as compensation. However, the final decision is entirely up to you.
What if I don’t know who was responsible for my criminal injury?
It can be a traumatic experience to get hurt due to a criminal activity. This can only be made worse if you don’t know who was responsible for it. After all, you may be too scared to come forward if you can’t put a face to the person responsible for your injuries. You may think your claim will not be taken seriously or that it could be dropped if they cannot find the person who hurt you. But this is certainly not the case. You can make a criminal injury claim even if you don’t know who was responsible for your injuries. Even if you do not find out who hurt you, your compensation will be paid directly from CICA.
Your solicitor will always take your claim seriously if you have suffered from criminal injuries. They understand that you may be struggling to come to terms with what has happened. That’s why we want to ensure that we support you throughout your claim. We can provide you advice and consultations, as well as handle any tricky paperwork. Put your faith in Gowing Law’s solicitors and they will always be there to get you the outcome you deserve.
Can I make a criminal injury claim if I already have a criminal record?
Although this may be taken into account if it is relevant to your case, having a criminal record should not impede your claim. If you are a victim of an attack or crime, you deserve to be compensated for your damages. Speak to your solicitor about any criminal record you may have. It is always better to be open and honest about these type of things .That way your lawyer can find the best way to help you.
How long do I have to make a criminal injury claim?
Once you have had your investigation concluded by the police, you will have two years to make a claim. That’s why it is essential that you get in contact with a solicitor as quickly as possible. That way you can give them the maximum amount of time to sort out your claim. Your solicitor can then work out a time line to ensure that your claim goes smoothly. Just keep in mind that the current pandemic may mean that there are delays. Be aware that things may change quickly!
How much could I claim for making a criminal injury claim?
The amount of compensation that you are owed depends on the complexity of your damages and the type of injuries you have experienced. In our experience, pay-outs can range around £1,000 – £500,000. Again, this entirely depends on your own personal circumstance. Every injury claim is different. That’s why it’s important to speak to a solicitor to get a rough estimate of how much you be owed.
Gowing Law Solicitors can help you with your criminal injury claim!
Here at Gowing Law Solicitors, we understand that going through any type of criminal injury can be extremely traumatic. We want to help you through this difficult time by providing you the legal advice you need to move forward. Our solicitors can offer you free consultations to get you started. If you are happy to work with them, they can offer their services on a “no win-no fee” basis. That means you will always come out on top. You will never need to pay any hidden fees.
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