Claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

Claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

If you have been the victim of a violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales then it is possible for you to seek redress through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which is a Government scheme set up to provide compensation to blameless victims.

There is generally a strict time limit of 2 years from the date of the assault, or if the assault happened in childhood, by your 20th birthday however in cases of sexual violence the CICA can use its discretion to disapply the time limit in circumstances where it has not been possible to come forward before.

The compensation awarded by the CICA is on a tariff basis, depending on the amount of physical and psychological injury, and is generally less than you would expect from a civil claim, however in cases where it is not possible to trace the perpetrator or if the perpetrator has no assets to meet a claim, it is a way that you can be compensated. If you go on to sue the perpetrator any award made by the CICA would be deducted from ay later award in damages.

How do I claim?

Our team of experienced abuse lawyers have a great deal of experience in submitting CICA claims, which we can submit online in order to expedite the process.

If you have been the victim of a violent crime, including crimes of sexual violence and would like to discuss making a claim through the CICA, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you on your rights and whether you may be able to make a claim.

What can Verisona Law do to help?

Our expert lawyers are members of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) so you can be sure of our expertise and dedication. We have both male and female lawyers and you can decide who you would like to work with in taking your case forward.

We pride ourselves on our understanding and sensitivity with our clients but also our tenacity with opponents when pursuing cases. Our aim is to seek redress for people who have suffered abuse, be that financial compensation, or organising treatment or therapy in order to help people seek closure.

In cases made through the CICA we are happy to discuss with you the most appropriate way of helping you make your claim.

  • Charles Derham

    Charles Derham

    Associate Director- Head of Abuse Team

    T: 023 9244 6920

    M: 07500 007 153

  • David Hawkins

    David Hawkins

    Litigation Executive

    T: 023 9224 6757

    M: 07917 111 724

  • Lisa Gafarov

    Lisa Gafarov

    Litigation Executive

    T: 023 9244 6916

    M: 07384 796 272

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