What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a public body that administers a compensation scheme to help support the blameless victims of violent crime.
The CICA is based in Glasgow and is funded and overseen by the Ministry of Justice government department.
Since the CICA scheme was set up in 1964, billions of pounds in compensation have been paid to victims of violent crime.
The CICA will pay compensation for a vast range of physical and psychiatric injuries with awards ranging from £1,000 to £250,000 for the most serious injuries.
Additionally, the CICA may compensate a victim for any loss of earnings that have been incurred as a result of the attack. However, the CICA will not pay for the first 28 weeks loss of earnings following an attack. The CICA will also pay for the victim’s treatment costs where evidence has been sent to the CICA to support such expenses.
The maximum overall award that can be awarded to a victim is £500,000.
Where a victim of a crime of violence brings an application to the CICA, they have to fulfil certain criteria, which is set out under the CICA’s scheme rules. Those criteria include the victim reporting the crime of violence as soon as possible to the Police and thereafter co-operating with the Police throughout the related criminal investigations. Further, the CICA also expects all victims to actively seek medical treatment for their injuries as soon as possible after the attack episode.
To be eligible to make a claim to the CICA the crime of violence must have occurred in England, Scotland or Wales.
An application form must be submitted to the CICA within two years of the date of the crime of violence. The CICA does have discretion under the CICA scheme to waive this two year rule in certain cases, e.g. where a child was sexually abused and only submits an application to the CICA many years later as an adult.
The CICA will not pay for an applicant’s solicitor’s costs. Therefore, the victim will pay their own solicitor’s costs out of their compensation award. At Linder Myers we understand the importance of the compensation you receive and can offer a contingency fee agreement which fixes the percentage of costs you pay to us from your compensation award.
Our personal injury lawyers will always advise what is best for you, contact a member of our team on 0161 832 6972 or email a summary of your claim, with your contact details and the date of the incident, to firstname.lastname@example.org.