Criminal Injuries Compensation for abuse

Getting financial compensation from somebody who has abused you can be difficult if they cannot be traced or do not have the means to pay you, but this is not the end of the story. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) runs a Government-backed scheme which compensates people who have been mentally or physically injured as victims of violent crime. This includes people who have suffered sexual abuse. You can apply to CICA for compensation yourself, although an experienced abuse lawyer may well be able to get you a higher settlement by stating your case more effectively. Clients often tell us they are relieved that someone else has taken on the application for them, including gathering evidence and communicating with the Authority. So how can we help you make your CICA claim? First of all, our solicitors will help you through the entire process. The same small team, all abuse specialists, will work with you from beginning to end to understand exactly what you want and need. We will need to discuss your case and have a lot of experience of helping people recall difficult events. If necessary we can meet you at a venue of your choice, even if it is a long way away. After our meeting we will be able to put the application together, compile evidence and handle all the negotiations with CICA, including why the 2-year rule should not apply in your case. Even if the abuse took place years ago, it is possible to gain compensation from the Authority, but certainly, the sooner you can make your application the better your chances will be. In most cases we can deal with CICA applications for abuse compensation on a no-win no-fee basis. he initial consultation is free of charge, without obligation and in complete confidence. If would like to know more about this and other compensation routes, please contact Charles Derham, specialist child abuse solicitor, on 023 9298 1000 or via . Alternatively, fill in our contact form.

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)

Her extensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules, skills in evidence gathering and analysis of liability and causation, and experience in risk assessment and settlement negotiation make her a valuable asset to clients and colleagues alike.

She is also a member of Verisona Law’s Historic Abuse Team and undertakes documentary analysis, work relating to case evidence and the development of legal arguments to secure successful settlements. She is fluent in German and Persian.

Lisa also has experience in Civil Litigation regarding Debt Recovery, Breach of Contract, and Insolvency Law.

Client testimonials

"Lovely, friendly, great people. Very understanding too and very good at what they do. Very happy with the result, many thanks again Lisa and everyone involved in my case."

"I would like to express my profound heartfelt gratitude to Lisa Gafarov for all her hard work and understanding when representing me. She fought passionately for my case for two years.

Within this time, never once did I feel it was about the money for her. She was very considerate and dealt with many personal matters in a caring and professional way. It was a very sensitive case but she put in a lot of hard work and went the extra mile each time. Her wide range of expertise was indispensable during this difficult time. Because of this I trusted all her advice and as a result, this took a lot of pressure off of me.

She managed to reach a very amicable conclusion between the defendants and myself. You don’t know how much your passion impacts the lives of others. For this I am forever grateful. I would recommend your firm a hundred times over."
Anonymous, April 2019

Lisa studied ‘Contract Law, European Law and Employment Law’ as part of her degree in BA (Hons) Business Administration. She has also studied other business subjects, including accounting.

Having completed her degree, Lisa started work for Verisona Law in November 1999 in the Personal Injury department as a Trainee Litigation Clerk and since then has developed extensive skills in relation to personal injury litigation and case preparation.

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Slip and trip claims
  • Occupier’s liability claims
  • Product Liability claims
  • Industrial disease claims
  • Work related upper limb disorder claims
  • Clinical negligence, including amputation claims
  • Cosmetic surgery claims
  • Abuse claims

"Thank you for all your much appreciated hard work. I will truly never forget your kindness towards me. Your patience, respect and understanding at all times was beyond words. The sincere compassion shown meant more to me than words could ever express. This firm will forever hold a special place in my heart."


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