Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator

Welcome to our criminal injuries compensation calculator guide. When you suffer a criminal injury, you may assume that there is no way that you can be compensated for the pain and suffering you have experienced. You may think that if the person who caused you to be injured was never apprehended or prosecuted who would you claim against?    

Criminal injuries compensation calculator

Criminal injuries compensation calculator guide

However, there is a way that you can pursue compensation for the injuries that you’ve sustained. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is an executive agency of the UK Government that pays out compensation to the victims of violent crime.  

Our team of advisors are on hand to help you and answer your questions regarding criminal injuries. Read on to find out more about how to claim compensation as the victim of a violent crime.

Get In Touch With Our Team

If our advisors think that you have a valid claim, they may be able to put you in touch with our panel of specialist personal injury solicitors. Once we know more about the circumstances surrounding the incident, we’ll be in a better position to offer you guidance and advice.

You can get in touch with us by:

  • Call us on 020 3870 4868.
  • Speak to us using the live chat window in the bottom right corner.
  • Start your claim online through our website.

Services And Information

  1. Everything You Need To Know About Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims
  2. What Is A Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim?
  3. What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?
  4. No One Was Caught Or Convicted, Could I Claim?
  5. Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator
  6. Types Of Criminal Injuries Claims
  7. Criminal Injury Claims For Assault
  8. Criminal Injury Claims For Sexual Assaults
  9. How Much Time Do I Have To Make A Criminal Injury Claim?
  10. I Suffered A Criminal Injury, What Should I Do?
  11. Can Criminal Injury Claims Be Handled On A No Win No Fee Basis?
  12. Other Information
  13. FAQs About

Everything You Need To Know About Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims

When you’re the victim of a criminal attack, it can result in injuries that cause you pain and suffering. These injuries can be physical, mental or both. 

The process of recovering from these injuries can be long and arduous. Sometimes, you may be left with long-term effects from the injuries that you’ve sustained. The repercussions from your injuries could result in a permanent impact on your quality of life. 

Criminal injury compensation is not restricted to one-off attacks that result in injury. Domestic abuse and sexual assault can also be compensated for by the CICA. 

In this guide, we will look at the process of claiming compensation through the CICA. We will examine the requirements that need to be met in order for you to make a claim for criminal injuries and the amount of compensation you could be eligible to receive. 

What Is A Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim?

Criminal injuries can vary in nature and severity. Some violent attacks may result in relatively minor injuries, such as scrapes, cuts and bruises. More severe injuries can include things like lacerations, broken bones and in worst-case scenarios, even death.

It’s not just the physical injuries that can have an impact on the injured person in the long term. The psychological repercussions of a violent attack can be as impactful on the injured person. These effects can have a long term impact on your quality of life and can be taken into account when your compensation is being calculated.

Criminal Injury Statistics

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) releases annual reports including crime data for the previous year. As the graph below shows, the CSEW reported a general decline in the rate of violent crime over the years, however, this decline has flattened in recent years. 

criminal injuries compensation calculator statistics graph

Criminal statistics graph

It’s estimated that in the year ending March 2020, 1.6% of adults over the age of 16 had been the victim of violent crime. This equates to 1.2 million instances of violence. 52% of the instances of violence in the last 12 months included in the CSEW resulted in no injury to the victim. Of those that did involve injury, the majority of these resulted in severe bruising or cuts. Wounding is defined as severe or less serious injury, such as bruising, cuts or chipped teeth.

What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?

The CICA scheme was set up by the government so that victims of violent crime could receive compensation for their injuries. It covers crimes that occur in England, Scotland and Wales that are reported to the police. Those who are victims of crime and have been sufficiently injured can claim through the CICA when there is no other avenue to be awarded compensation. If the perpetrator was caught and convicted and possibly had the means to pay compensation then they would pay any compensation owed. If the perpetrator was never caught or convicted or had the means to pay compensation then the victim could claim compensation through the CICA. 

The payment amounts for different injuries can be found in the CICA tariff. There are flat fees listed in this tariff for a number of different injuries of varying severity. It covers a range of physical injuries, including those that may result from violent crimes such as assault. It also covers the repercussions that may result from crimes such as sexual assault. It’s not just physical injuries that are covered by the CICA tariff; psychological injuries can also be taken into consideration when calculating a compensation claim. 

Special Expenses

As well as payment for your injuries, a claim made through the CICA can also cover something known as special expenses. Special expenses can cover any medical expenses that accrue due to the crime you endured. These are only covered if the NHS doesn’t cover the treatment you require. You can also claim for home adaptations or care costs as long as you can show that they aren’t available for free elsewhere. 

Loss of Earnings 

In order to claim loss of earnings, you need to show that you lost earning potential for over 28 weeks because of your injuries. 

You also need to show that you were employed at the time of the incident and that you had an established work history for the 3 years immediately leading up to it. If you don’t have an established work history, then you need to be able to provide a suitable reason as to why. This might include being in full-time education or acting as a carer. 

A criminal injuries compensation calculator may not collect enough of this information to give you an accurate valuation of your claim.  Get in touch with us today for a more accurate valuation.

No One Was Caught Or Convicted, Could I Claim?

You can still make a CICA claim if the person responsible for your injuries or abuse isn’t caught. The CICA scheme states that you are still eligible to be compensated for the experience you have been put through. 

You must, however, cooperate with the police as fully as you can. This includes reporting the case to the police in the first place. If you do not report what happened to the police, then you won’t be eligible to claim compensation through the CICA. You also shouldn’t intentionally withhold or alter the details of the incident. If you do, it could affect the outcome of your claim.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator

Below, we have included some examples of what you could be awarded in compensation via the CICA scheme. We have included a range of physical and psychological injuries that could be compensated for. While this table isn’t a criminal injuries compensation calculator, it does outline the payments you could receive following a violent crime.

Injury Tariff CategoryDetailsAmount
Facial ScarringSerious disfigurement£11,000
Neck Burns Moderate£2,400
TonguePermanent loss of speech£33,000
LungPuncture to both lungs£4,600
Sexual Assault (Minor)Non-penetrative sexual act(s) over clothing£1,000
Sexual AssaultResulting in severe mental illness£27,000
Additional Tariffs Sexually transmitted infection other than HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C (Substantial Recovery)£5,500
Additional Tariffs Sexually transmitted infection other than HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C (Permanent Disability)£11,000

It is possible to file a criminal injuries compensation claim for more than 1 injury at a time. In these cases, the most serious injury will be paid at the full tariff. The second most serious injury will be paid at 30% of the tariff amount, and the third most serious injury will be paid at 15% of the tariff amount. 

However, additional tariffs are available if you became pregnant, lost a foetus or contracted a sexually transmitted infection as a direct result of your assault or injury. 

Types Of Criminal Injuries Claims

When discussing criminal injuries compensation, a claim could be made for a number of different types of crime. These include: 

  • Actual bodily harm – Physical assault that is usually less severe in nature. ABH can usually result in things such as bruising.
  • Grievous bodily harm – Also physical assault, but often of a more serious nature. Acts of violence such as stabbing and causing bones to break are likely to fall under this category.
  • Sexual assault/abuse – This can be anything from sexual harrassment to cases of rape. Physical injuries and psychological trauma are often both taken into account.

You may also be able to file a criminal injuries compensation claim if you witnessed a loved one be injured in a violent crime. If a close relative died, or you paid for the funeral of someone who died, you may also be eligible for payment through the CICA.   

Whilst a criminal trial regarding a case like this may need to be proven “beyond reasonable doubt”, a case with the CICA operates mainly on the “balance of probability”. This means that the CICA won’t need to wait for the outcome of a criminal trial in order to award payment. 

Criminal Injury Claims For Assault

Assault is not always a violent attack that uses physical force. For instance, someone convicted of common assault may not have touched their victim. Verbal threats, spitting or a raised fist could all constitute common assault. Because of this, not all cases of assault will be able to be compensated under the CICA. 

Two kinds of assault that may result in CICA compensation are Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH). Read on to find out more about the difference between these two kinds of assault.

Actual And Grievous Bodily Harm Claims

ABH is an assault in which someone has been injured in a way that’s detrimental to their physical health. However, the associated injuries are less severe than the ones that result from GBH. Bruises and scratches are two injuries that might result from ABH. 

Injuries resulting from GBH will be seriously detrimental to someone’s health. It can include things like kicking somebody in the head, attacking them with a sharp object or throwing acid at them in an attempt to hurt or disfigure them. 

You may want to know more about how the kind of crime you were the victim of can affect the compensation you’re owed. Speak to a member of our team today to find out more.

Criminal Injury Claims For Sexual Assaults

A solicitor may be able to help you win compensation if you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault. Rape legally means that someone’s mouth, anus or vagina has been penetrated by a penis without their consent. When the penetration has taken place with something other than a penis, it is known as assault by penetration.  

Sexual assault is classed as an act of violation in the form of a sexual act. Not all sexual assault involves violence. 

The amount of compensation you could be owed for rape or sexual assault is dependant on a number of factors. For instance, if you were the victim of sexual abuse on multiple occasions over a long period of time, this could lead to a higher amount of compensation.

Historic Sexual Assault Compensation Claims

Historic sexual assault is when an adult comes forward regarding sexual abuse they experienced as a child under 18. It is also known as non-recent abuse. 

Whilst any physical damage may have healed, the psychological side effects can affect someone who has experienced childhood sexual abuse for the rest of their life.

The psychological repercussions of sexual abuse can take the form of:

  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Poor physical health
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Emotional difficulties, anxiety, depression

Whilst a compensation payout cannot undo the pain and suffering that you’ve experienced as the result of abuse, it could help make your life easier in the aftermath. Get in touch with our team today to see whether you’re entitled to claim.

How Much Time Do I Have To Make A Criminal Injury Claim?

Below, we’ve included some information on the timescales for claiming compensation. This information won’t be provided in a criminal injuries compensation calculator and is important information for you to be aware of before you start your claim.

General Time Limit

Usually, the time limit for making a claim to the CICA is two years from the date of the incident. However, this can be extended in some circumstances. 

In order to make a claim outside this time limit, you must show that there were exceptional circumstances that prevented you from making a claim earlier. You should also be able to provide enough evidence on your case that a CICA claims officer won’t need to carry out further extensive enquiries. 

The CICA won’t accept not knowing that you were eligible to claim as a reason to extend the application time limit. It’s best to get the process started as soon as possible.

Child Abuse/Historic Sexual Assault

If the injured person is under the age of 18, then a parent or guardian can claim on their behalf provided that the incident has been reported to the police. The Scheme can make special provisions regarding the timescale in cases such as these. However, it will be easier to determine that you suffered injury as a result of a crime the closer to the date of the incident the application is made. 

If you turn 18 and the incident has been reported to the police but no one has made a claim on your behalf, you will have until your 20th birthday to claim. If the crime wasn’t reported, you have 2 years from the date that you report the accident to claim. 

Cases Concerning Victims with a Reduced Mental Capacity

If an adult lacks the capacity to claim themselves, then a responsible adult can claim on their behalf. This is the case whether their lack of mental capacity is a result of the incident or predates it. 

The CICA will require evidence that you’re entitled to act for them. They’ll also require evidence that there injured person isn’t able to bring forward a claim themselves. 

I Suffered A Criminal Injury, What Should I Do?

When you have been the victim of criminal injuries, a compensation calculator will be the last thing on your mind. You will have other things that you both need and want to address before this is even acknowledged.

Below, we have listed the three main steps that we recommend you take:

  • Seek medical care – It’s always advised to seek the treatment and advice of a medical professional following a criminal injury or period of abuse to ensure you get the treatment you need. Medical records of your injuries/mental state could also help serve as evidence.
  • Collect evidence – You should keep a record of the effect that your injuries have had on your quality of life. This can include medical records, witness statements and sometimes photographs. If there is anything you’ve had to pay for that you would like to be covered by special expenses, you should also keep a record of these.
  • Seek legal advice – There’s no legal requirement to have a solicitor act on your behalf in order to make a claim through CICA. However, the process of claiming for criminal injuries can be difficult to navigate without a legal expert on your side. Speak to a specialist lawyer who can assist you in pursuing your claim.

Can Criminal Injury Claims Be Handled On A No Win No Fee Basis?

If you want legal representation but are concerned about the cost associated with it, a No Win No Fee arrangement may be of interest to you. Our panel of solicitors can offer representation on a No Win No Fee basis, provided your claim has a good chance of success. 

A No Win No Fee arrangement is a contract between you and your solicitor that outlines what conditions need to be met in order for them to be paid. It means that you won’t be asked to pay them anything before your claim begins, or in the event that it’s unsuccessful. 

If your claim is successful, then a legally capped success fee will be deducted from your compensation settlement. This means you’ll always receive the majority of the compensation that you’re awarded. 

As we’ve already mentioned, there’s no legal requirement to have a solicitor represent you in making a claim through the CICA. You are well within your rights to pursue a claim yourself with the help of a criminal injuries compensation calculator. However, you will find that the process is often less stressful and easier with legal representation. And with a No Win No Fee agreement, you aren’t faced with the prospect of large legal fees for an unsuccessful claim. 

For more information on a No Win No Fee policy, or for answers to any other questions, get in touch with us now:

  • Call us on 020 3870 4868.
  • Speak to us using the live chat window in the bottom right corner.
  • Start your claim online through our website.

Other Information

We have included some additional information regarding claiming. We’ve chosen not to include a criminal injuries compensation calculator, as these don’t always give accurate claim valuations.

A helpful guide on non-recent child abuse.

Government advice on claiming due to a violent crime.

Differences between rape and sexual assault.

Our guide to claiming on behalf of someone else.

Claiming for a fatal accident.

Compensation for slips, trips and falls.

FAQs About

Can you claim criminal injuries twice?

The CICA will not allow you to claim for the same injury twice. However, you can request for your claim to be reviewed if you feel the original outcome was unfair.  

Can you claim criminal injuries without a conviction?

Yes, you can. The person responsible for your physical injuries or psychological trauma does not need to be tried to be caught or convicted for you to receive your compensation. This is also true of special expenses. 

How much compensation do you get for criminal injuries?

The amount you receive from the CICA depends on the kind of injury you have sustained. The area of the body and the severity of the injury are just two of the factors that will affect how much you could be awarded.

The extent of your special expenses such as medical treatment and loss of earnings will also play a role in deciding the amount.

How long do you have to claim for criminal injuries?

In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the assault or abuse. There are certain circumstances in which the time limit is suspended or extended. Get in touch with us today for more information. 

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