CICA Compensation Claims

Can I make a CICA compensation claim?

Making a CICA claim could not be easier. Contact us for a free case review and details of no win, no fee funding on 0808 139 1597 or send an email to us at

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, or CICA, administers a government funded scheme to compensate victims of violent crime in Great Britain.

You can submit a CICA application yourself, but it often pays to retain an experienced solicitor who can improve the prospects of both obtaining a compensation award and maximising the amount of compensation payable.

As an example of what our lawyers specialising in CICA claims can achieve, by reopening a client’s case we managed to have their compensation award increased from £7,500 to more than £180,000. We also recovered compensation for a rape victim whose application was initially rejected by the CICA because it was made too late.

The criminal injuries compensation scheme is a complicated one and our solicitors will be able to guide your CICA claim through the complex maze of regulations.

Here is a summary of the key elements of a CICA compensation claim:

  • For criminal injuries compensation to be payable the incident must have been reported to the police as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • The application must be made within two years of the incident; unless you are under 18 or there are good reasons for delay, such as in the case of sexual abuse or assault
  • Awards can be refused or reduced on the basis of the victim’s conduct or their unspent convictions
  • The maximum award is £500,000
  • Payments for injuries are made in accordance with a tariff and include both physical and mental injuries
  • Payments can be made for up to 3 separate criminal injuries
  • Payments can also be made for:
    i) Loss of earnings
    ii) Special expenses, such as care
    iii) Bereavement and dependency in fatal cases
  • The CICA will not pay an applicant’s legal costs
  • Applications can be reopened and further payments made where appropriate
  • Reviews and appeals are also possible
  • A “crime of violence” includes sexual assault and threats of violence.

If you would like to talk to a member of our specialist team in confidence then simply call freephone 0808 139 1597.

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