The CICA criminal injuries compensation scheme awards compensation to victims of violent crime in Great Britain.
Under the CICA scheme a "crime of violence" includes a threat that would cause a fear of violence. So a victim does not need to suffer a physical attack with physical injuries arising as a consequence in order to qualify for compensation under the CICA scheme.
Psychological and mental injuries can arise from both physical and non-physical incidents. Compensation for mental injury is available where the injury is 'disabling'.
Mental injury does not include temporary mental anxiety.
A medical report from a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist is usually required to support the claim for mental and psychological injury.
In addition to receiving compensation for the psychological or mental injury itself, claimants are also entitled to claim other expenses such as loss of earnings.
To find out whether you are entitled to claim for psychological and mental injury call our CICA helpline on 0808 139 1597 or e-mail us.