Criminal injury compensation may be available if you have experienced physical and/or psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime. Here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors we have a dedicated team of criminal injury solicitors who can offer expert and confidential advice to any victims of criminal injuries. We guarantee to maintain complete confidentiality throughout your claim and to provide sensitive legal guidance.
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Criminal injury claims typically involve an instance of physical harm. However, criminal injury compensation claims may also be available in cases of psychological trauma. For example, you may be entitled to compensation if you have experienced the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder. This could occur following an attack that did not necessarily end in physical injury, or could be as a result of witnessing a violent crime.
With this in mind, anyone who believes that they have suffered an injury in a situation where the other party’s actions could be classed as criminal may have cause to pursue a criminal injury compensation claim.
Even if you do not believe the defendant has the financial means to provide financial recompense, you should still explore a claim, as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) provides criminal injury compensation where the defendant either cannot pay or is unaccounted for.
What can you claim for?
Depending on the nature of your case and the type of criminal injury involved, there can be a variety of different situations and injuries that can lead to a criminal injury compensation claim. These situations include:
Care costs and expenses (subject to eligibility)
Loss of earnings
With regards to the type of issues for which you can make a criminal injury compensation claim, there are a wide variety, each with their own specific legal implications. It is advised that you contact one of the expert criminal injury solicitors here at Hampson Hughes to ensure that you get trusted and expert advice. Criminal injuries can include:
Physical violence (including domestic violence)
Vehicle collision where you were deliberately targeted
Dog attack where the dog was encouraged by the owner
Death caused by a criminal act (claim brought by the estate and/or dependant(s)
Can I claim for psychological trauma as well as physical injury?
It is possible that you may be entitled to criminal injury compensation on the grounds of psychological trauma. Psychological injury claims must be supported by a diagnosis by a qualified psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who states your condition has persisted for a minimum of six months.
In situations where you wish to make a criminal injury compensation claim for a psychological injury where you have witnessed a violent crime, the success of your claim will largely depend on the emotional attachment between you and the victim. This is of course a complex and sensitive legal process, but here at Hampson Hughes our expert criminal injury solicitors will be able to advise on how to approach this legal process.
What is the time limit for a criminal injury claim?
As mentioned before, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) may provide criminal injury compensation in situations where the defendant either cannot pay or is unaccounted for.
While the standard personal injury limit is 3 years, the CICA claim time limit is actually 2 years from the date of the incident. In order to qualify for CICA compensation, your criminal injury should have been reported to the police within 48 hours of the incident – although there may be exceptions dealt with on a case by case basis.
Again, this can make for a complex assessment process, but here at Hampson Hughes we have a wealth of experience in handling criminal injury claims and will be able to guide you accordingly and ensure you have the best possible legal advice at each stage of the claims process.
What evidence do I need to support your criminal injury claim?
If you have yet to gather any evidence, you may be unsure where to begin. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors can help. Should we accept your claim, we will advise on the specific types of evidence that will be beneficial in progressing your claim. There are many types of evidence that are likely to form the basis of your claim, such as:
Details on the location in which the criminal injury took place
Specific details on the date/s and time/s of any criminal injury
Police Crime Reference Number and reporting officer’s details
Photographic or video documentation of the scene of the criminal injury
Witness details in order to obtain statement/s on their account of the incidents
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