What compensation can I receive from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims Scheme?
The scheme allows financial awards to be made;
- To recognise physical and mental injuries caused by a violent crime.
- In certain circumstances to compensate for future lost earnings or expenses caused by a violent crime.
- For the death of a close relative as a result of a violent crime, including in some cases compensation for the lost earnings for the person who was killed.
- The scheme deals with injuries suffered in Great Britain that is England, Scotland and Wales. The scheme provides for a payment in recognition of someone who has been injured as a result of a crime of violence.
Assuming your application has been accepted, the award in respect of your injuries is based upon a Tariff scheme. The minimum award is £1000 but if your injury is not serious enough to qualify for a £1000 payment no award can be made. The maximum award before any deductions is £500,000.
You may also qualify for compensation for lost earnings and special expenses. You will not be able to recover lost earnings for the first 28 weeks of incapacity. Special expenses may be the cost of medical treatment which cannot reasonable be provided by the NHS, the cost of care or supervision you may require and the cost of adaptations that may be need to your home but all of these must be as a result of the injuries sustained by you.
If a parent, child, husband, wife or partner has died as a result of a violent crime you may also be entitled to compensation.
For more information call free on 0800 048 2355 to speak to a member of our team between 8 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday. Outside of those hours you can leave us a message on the same phone number, or alternatively complete the Online Enquiry Form at the bottom of this page with a brief description of your accident and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The information on this page only relates to those who have been injured as a result of a crime of violence. For information on accidents at work, on the road or any other type of injury, please click here for our Personal Injury pages.