Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims

If you have been physically injured or suffered psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime our panel of specialist lawyers could help you claim compensation via the government run Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. 

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, known as CICA handle some 40,000 applications for compensation each year, paying out up to £200 million to victims of violent crime in England, Scotland, and Wales. 

We appreciate just how distressing it can be if you or your loved ones have been a victim of violent crime as in many cases the psychological scars can far outlast the physical injuries. Our panel of specialist lawyers will support you and guide you through the process on a no win, no fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you and it costs put the process in place. Should your claim for compensation be awarded, you may be charged a success fee, which is usually a small percentage of the damages that may be awarded. Any fees will be agreed with you at the start of any claim by your specialist personal lawyer.

Whilst a CICA compensation payment may not take away the pain and suffering caused by the violent crime, the settlement can be used to help to cover the cost of medical treatments which may not be covered under the NHS, or to assist with any ongoing care or rehabilitation needs.

Why should I involve a solicitor?

Pursuing a case directly with the CICA can prove to be a complex, lengthy and frustrating process, having expert legal assistance could make the difference between a successful or rejected claim. `

An expert criminal injury solicitor will be fully aware of the application process. They can also make the process smoother and less harrowing by chasing up any evidence (police/social services reports etc.) on your behalf. They can also appeal against a rejected claim and prepare a subsequent review, if required.

What We Need

  • The Police Reference Number, sometimes called a Crime Reference Number.

  • Contact details for any medical expert who has provided treatment.

  • The name of the offender (if known)

  • The date of any court case


The amount of compensation you may be awarded will depend on your individual circumstances and on the severity of your injuries, you could be entitled to compensation ranging from £1,000 to £500,000.

If you satisfy the criteria for an award of compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims (CICA) Scheme 2012, the amount of compensation you receive will be assessed from a set tariff of awards available, depending on the type of injuries and suffering you have sustained.

Even if the perpetrator of the crime you were a victim of was never identified, caught, or convicted we may still be able to obtain a CICA settlement for you.

There is no obligation to continue after your free initial consultation and if your claim proceeds it is with the peace of mind that all cases we pursue will be on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.