What is a violent crime?

What is a violent crime?

Strictly speaking there is no legal definition of a violent crime, however the CICA normally require it to have involved a physical assault.  This doesn’t always have to be the case, for example when there has been a psychiatric or psychological injury.

Examples of physical attacks which would usually qualify for compensation are contained within the CICA scheme.  If your assault falls within one of the following, it is likely to be eligible for compensation:

Victim of Violence?

Victim of Violence – you may be entitled to compensation.

A “crime of violence” is a crime which involves:

  1. a physical attack;
  2. anything else of a violent nature which causes physical injury;
  3. any kind of threat to a person which causes fear of immediate violence;
  4. a sexual assault where a person did not consent; or
  5. arson.

Unfortunately a crime of violence will not be covered in the eyes of the CICA if an injury:

  1. results from suicide or attempted suicide, unless the suicidal person intended to cause injury to someone else;
  2. results from the use of a vehicle, unless the vehicle was intended to be used to cause injury to someone;
  3. results from an animal attack, unless the animal was intended to be used to cause injury to someone;
  4. was sustained in the usual course of sporting or other activity where a person consented by taking part in that pastime; or
  5. was sustained by a baby during pregnancy as a result of harmful substances knowingly taken by the mother, with intent to cause, or being reckless as to, injury to the baby.

Negotiating your way through the CICA tariff is not straightforward so if you’ve suffered an injury due to an assault, contact us today to find out if your claim is covered and how much compensation you could receive.

Lower Leg Injury – Compensation amounts

How much Injury Compensation could I receive?

When considering the value of injuries suffered as a result of an assault, the CICA will consider the “Tariff of injuries”. This week we again examine how much compensation a Claimant could receive if they suffer a leg injury, though, this time the lower leg.

claim compensation for Lower Leg Injury

Lower Leg Injury – claim compensation

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What to do if CICA claims are refused – It ain’t over till it’s over

What to do if CICA claims are refused

What to do if CICA claims are refused

What to do if CICA claims are refused

There are times when unfortunately the CICA will refuse to make any award at all, with a number of reasons why this can be.

For example, it may be that the CICA feel that the assault has not been reported to the Police quickly enough. The CICA may feel that the incident is not a “violent crime” as such.

Alternatively, perhaps that the injury is not severe enough to warrant an award of compensation.  However, just because a CICA award is refused, it does not necessarily mean that ultimately an application will not be successful. Continue reading

Co-operate for a Successful Compensation Claim

Co-operation’s what you need

Co-operate for a successful compensation claim

Co-operate with Police and Lawyers to get the compensation.

You must fully co-operate for a Successful Compensation Claim .  In order to be awarded compensation by the CICA, you must have co-operated with everybody who tries to help you along the way. this includes the Police, the courts, your solicitor (if you have one) and of course the CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) themselves. Continue reading