Many innocent adults and children have their lives drastically affected or seriously disrupted as the victims of crimes of violence. Criminal Injuries Compensation Law is a specialist area of legal practice.
Compensation has been available through a state scheme to the victims of violent crime since 1964 but many people are unaware of the scheme or their rights.
- There is a two year time limit to claim (there are exceptions e.g. children)
- The crime must have been reported very promptly and you must have co-operated with the Police.
- It is not necessary for the perpetrator to have been caught.
- Compensation can be refused if you have caused or provoked the attack, or if you have a criminal record yourself.
- Minor injuries are excluded
An expert understanding is needed to ensure that the claim is processed promptly and efficiently and that challenges are made where and when appropriate. Many thousands of claims are refused by the CICA each year due to inadequate preparation by the applicant.