Expert Advice on Starting a Criminal Injury Claim
Criminal Injury & Assaults
A criminal injury is one which is inflicted on an innocent person during the course of a criminal act being perpetrated by somebody else. The act may be one which is perpetrated directly against you, such as an assault or mugging during the course of which you sustain an injury - a stabbing for example, or the results of a beating. Alternatively, you could be caught up in a larger crime along the lines of a robbery and during the course of this may receive an injury. In both cases, the injury could be either physical or psychological, since being involved in a crime can often have the effect of causing long term emotional trauma, both in the victim and in their loved ones.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Should you or a loved one be unfortunate enough to fall victim to a criminal injury of this type then there's every chance you'll be eligible for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government funded body which was set up in 1996 in order to make it possible for anyone who meets the right criteria to pursue a claim for compensation. Whether or not any individual has been charged with or convicted of the crime in question, if you can demonstrate that you were an innocent party injured through no fault of your own, then you are in a good position to pursue a claim.
The presence of the CICA removes the need to take individuals to court, which means that the amount of compensation you're liable to receive doesn't depend upon the assets of the person responsible. Instead, the CICA will look at the details of your case, analysing the type and severity of your injuries and the long term impact they have had on your life and also taking into account any expenses incurred through loss of earnings, medical bills etc. Once this has been fully examined the CICA will arrive at a fair figure of criminal injury compensation to which you are entitled.
You may also be able to claim from the CICA if a loved one was injured or even killed during the perpetration of a criminal act, and it should always be remembered that the injuries in question don't have to be physical in nature. Many times people will walk away seemingly unharmed from the scene of a crime, only for the shock and trauma to hit them some time later. In its most extreme cases this can take the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a long term debilitating mental condition which can have as damaging an effect on a person's life as the most severe personal injury.
Contact us today to make a criminal injury claim
If you feel you may have been the victim of a criminal injury, and are suffering in any of the ways detailed above, then contact us by using the contact form on this page and we will be able to give you advice on whether or not you are able to make a no win no fee claim.