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Using a Solicitor to Pursue a Claim for Criminal Injuries Compensation?

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

There is no compulsion to use a solicitor or have legal representation to make an application for criminal injuries compensation, though it is helpful to speak to an experienced solicitor who fully understands the criminal injury compensation process. For a straightforward claim it is often unnecessary, however for more serious cases legal representation is advisable. As the CICA scheme does not pay for solicitors' fees, criminal injury solicitors will advise you on how best to proceed and whether you should use a solicitor.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a government-appointed, publicly-funded organization, makes the final decision about what compensation should be paid. The rules set out by the Criminal Injuries Board are strict and prescriptive. Injuries must be of a certain severity to qualify for compensating, and need to fall within the 25 levels of criminal compensation for which the Authority will pay out from £1,000 to £250,000. The maximum amount you can receive in criminal injury compensation after all losses and expenses have been considered is £500,000.

Anyone seeking to make a claim for compensation has to be able to prove the following:

That they have been assaulted or injured in some way covered by the scheme and been physically and/or mentally injured as a resultThat they were in England, Scotland or Wales at the time when the injury was sustainedThat they have been injured seriously enough to qualify for at least the minimum award available under the Scheme (£1,000)That they received documented medical attention for their injuriesThat they reported the incident to the police within 48 hoursThat they forwarded the application for compensation within 2 years from the date of the incident

The rules are generally strictly implemented, though there are circumstances where compensation can still be claimed even if all above requirements are not met.

If you have suffered a serious injury and will have to cope with financial losses in the longer term, you should usually appoint a specialist injury solicitor to ensure you get the maximum level of compensation. Solicitors can put a claim before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and request damages on your behalf. Solicitors have a wealth of experience of making such claims and of recovering compensation on behalf of those who have been injured.As with all types of injury claim, they will be able to act under the terms of a no win no fee agreement.

Jason Walker

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