Criminal Injury Compensation (CICA) Claims by RAM Legal Services
The effects of a criminal injury can be serious, with many victims suffering from lasting physical and psychological damage and distress. If you've been injured either physically or mentally as a result of a criminal act you may be entitled to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority ( CICA ) Scheme. RAM Legal Services, an independent legal firm with 15 years of experience, can act as your legal representative on a No Win No Fee* basis. We will ensure that a criminal injury specialist handles your claim from start to finish and ensure that a fair outcome is reached with the maximum possible award granted.
What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation or CICA Scheme? The Criminal Injuries Compensation authority or CICA for short is a government organisation that provides compensation for blameless victims of violent crime throughout the UK The CICA pay out awards ranging from £1000 to £500,000 depending on the severity of your injuries. If you, a friend or a family member have suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of a violent crime at some point in your life, you may be entitled to compensation under the Scheme!
Why choose us as your legal representation? You can make your application to the Criminal Injuries Authority yourself, without legal representation.
We are a team of independent specialists who work on a NO WIN NO FEE* basis and represent thousands of clients in making applications for criminal injuries compensation. Our many satisfied customers prefer to have the help and assistance of our specialist staff when making their application.
Naturally our clients find our help and advice particularly useful, as this process usually takes over 12 months and can become complex and frustrating, especially when chasing information or if your application is rejected. Should this be the case, we work very hard to review rejections on your behalf. If necessary we also arrange to represent you at a Tribunal hearing. In many cases the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will also ask you to make an advance payment of £50.00 for obtaining medical evidence from your GP or hospital. In some cases the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority agree to have the fee deferred until the end of the case to be deducted from any compensation payment made.
Can I Claim Compensation Under the CICA Scheme? In order to qualify for an award under the Criminal Injuries Compensation ( CICA ) Scheme 2012 you must meet the following criteria:
Our Service By working with you and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, our specialist criminal injury team can achieve an appropriate criminal injuries compensation award for your losses. We can also advise you on benefits and payments available to you if you are left permanently or temporarily disabled or unable to work. The CICA scheme enables you to make a successful claim even if an offender is not identified, caught or convicted. Contact our criminal injury claim specialists before you make assumptions about the likely success or failure of your case. All claims are dealt with on a No Win, No Fee* basis and we never ask for up front payments. If we are successful we will deduct 30% including VAT from your award. This means that if you are awarded £1000 we will deduct £300 for our work and you will receive £700.
More information including a copy of our contract can be found on our Terms and Conditions page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to use a legal representative?
You do not have to use a legal representative and you can apply to CICA direct. By doing this you will be responsible for the conduct of your own application including any reviews or tribunal hearings should your application be rejected.
Can I do this myself?
You can make the application yourself, without legal representation. If you wish to represent yourself in making a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority you can do so by calling them on 0300 003 3601 or by visiting their website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/criminal-injuries-compensation-authority
How do RAM get paid for dealing with my case
We will deal with your criminal injury claim on a 'No Win No Fee' basis. We only get paid once you receive your compensation. We take a standard fee of 30% of your award for acting as your representative in a criminal injury matter . There are no hidden charges or VAT that are added to this amount. For example if you are awarded £1000 you will receive £700 after our fee has been deducted from your award.
What if my claim is rejected?
If the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority decide that you are not eligible for an award we will look at appealing their decision. Where relevant we will form an appeal paper to challenge the CICA's decision. If the CICA still decide not to award you compensation for your injuries we can take your case to a tribunal and where relevant form further appeals and arguments to present to the Tribunal panel.
How long does it take ?
The length of time it takes to settle a criminal injury case depends on the complexity of the incident in question and the availability of the evidence. Part of each claim involves obtaining; GP Records, Police Reports, Court Records and CRB checks, all of which takes time. Therefore the average settlement time of a criminal injury case is around 12 months however some cases settle much quicker than this where as some take longer.
what if the offender is not convicted?
As long as you assisted the police in their investigations you may still be eligible for compensation if the offender was not convicted.
can I claim if I have a criminal record ?
Under the new Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 you are not eligible for an award if you have any unspent convictions. The CICA will perform a Criminal Records Bureau check on each applicant before making an offer of compensation.
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