Criminal Injuries Claims (CICA)
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a Government Scheme that can make awards to victims of violent crime. CICA applications are a good alternative to using the Court process if the person or organisation responsible for the abuse you suffered is unlikely to be able to pay you compensation, as they have no money, assets or insurance.
The CICA scheme may also provide compensation in situations where a personal injury claim would most likely be unsuccessful , such as if the person who abused you died a long time ago.
How can we help with your Application to the CICA
Jordans can help you help you obtain the highest possible award you are entitled to. Often Applications for abuse suffered years before, fall foul of the time limit applied to the Scheme. Our extensive experience in this field will ensure that we guide your Application through the pitfalls of the Scheme all the way to Appeal if necessary.
If you have made an Application yourself or another firm has applied on your behalf and you are unhappy with the outcome (and you are within time to review), we may be able to have your case reconsidered by the CICA.
Awards are subject to a set tariff. The CICA will pay 100% of the tariff value of the injury which gives rise to the highest award, 30% of the tariff value for the second highest award and 15% of the tariff value for any subsequent injuries
An example an adult who was severely physically abused as a child and suffered a seriously disabling permanent mental illness as a result would receive:
|1.||Permanent Mental Illness £27,000 x 100%||£27,000|
|2.||Physical abuse of child £5,500 x 30%||£1,650|
Conditions for applying for CICA awards
The scheme imposes some restrictions, the most important being :
1. Abuse that took place before 1 August 1964 is excluded;
2. Abuse which took place when you were living with the abuser as part of the same family before 1 October 1979 is excluded;
3. You must be willing to contact and co-operate with the Police in any investigation they wish to carry out if you have not done so already;
4. A criminal record could prevent a claim being made or reduce the amount you of your Award. There may be exceptions to this rule in certain circumstances;
5. There is a time limit for making a claim. Claims should be made within two years of reporting to the Police if you are an adult, or within two years of your 18th birthday if you are a minor when it was reported. It is possible to overcome these time limits however so please contact us to discuss your particular case.
Making your claim
CICA claims can be complex and there are pitfalls. Our expert child abuse solicitor team at Jordans are here to assist. To bring a claim speak to a member of our team today on our dedicated abuse department number 0800 9555 094. It would be helpful to have to hand when you call, if possible:
– Your unique Police Crime Reference Number
– Name of the police station you reported to
– Name of the Officer that dealt with your incident
Click here for more information on how Jordans Solicitors team can help you with your child abuse compensation claim.
What can we do
The effects of abuse on a child can have far reaching implications, having an extreme impact on their development as adults and their day to day functioning.
Our Child Abuse Lawyers are here to provide support and guidance at a very difficult time. If you or someone you know has suffered abuse in any of the situations outlined above please contact the Abuse Team on our dedicated freephone number 0800 9555 094 and one of our specialist Child Abuse Lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence.
Whilst we cannot change what has happened in the past, we will endeavour to recover compensation to allow you to seek the required support to rebuild your life.