Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

PUBLISHED 06.07.16

If you have been injured as a result of an assault on you by another person then there is a good chance that you will qualify to make a claim for compensation through the CICA.

The CICA is a government organisation that was set up for people who have been physical or mentally harmed as a result of a violent crime.

Before you consider making a claim through the CICA, special criteria applies:
A two year deadline for making your personal injury compensation claim instead of the usual three year deadline for other personal injury compensation claims.
• The assault needs to have taken place in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland but including any British aircraft, hovercraft or ship)
• Your injuries need to qualify for the minimum compensation amount of £1,000.
• The maximum compensation amount is £500,000, depending on your injuries.
• The offender does not need to have been convicted of assault by the police for you to make an assault claim against them.
• You must have reported the assault to the police.
• Compensation for the first 28 weeks of missed earnings will not be paid and even after that, this figure may be capped.
• Legal costs will not be covered for your claim.
The CICA considers claims for the following:
• mental or physical injury following a crime of violence;
• sexual or physical abuse;
• loss of earnings – where you have no or limited capacity to work as the direct result of a criminal injury;
• special expenses payments – these cover certain costs you may have incurred as a direct result of an incident. You can only ask us to consider special expenses if your injuries mean you have been unable to work or have been incapacitated to a similar extent for more than 28 weeks;
• a fatality caused by a crime of violence including bereavement payments, payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency; and funeral payments.
Your assault claim may be rejected if:

• You have a criminal record.
• Your behaviour before, during or after the incident was deemed causal to the incident.
• You fail to cooperate with the police.
• The assault took place before 1st August 1964.
• You lived with the person who injured you AND the assault took place before 1st October 1979.

If you would like more information about making a CICA claim or would like some assistance in making a claim, please contact our Personal Injury Department on 01392 285000 where a trained member of staff will guide you through the process.