Violent crime is something that society has had to deal with for hundreds of years. Simply put, it’s impossible to get rid of it, and it’s always a tragedy when an innocent person is actually the victim of a violent crime. Who pays for your medical bills? Who handles the psychological fallout from being caught up in a terrible incident that isn’t your fault whatsoever. You have to make sure that you keep you and your family solvent while you process the aftermath. One place to look for help would be within the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). CICA is all about paying an award to people who have been harmed as the result of a violent crime.
What you need to know is that you can apply for compensation for free — there’s no cost to do so. However, there are certain eligibility rules that have to be met.
You have to be injured to the point where you would qualify for the minimum payment of a thousand pounds, and you must be injured in an act of violence within the UK. The offender doesn’t have to be charged with the crime, but there has to be an injury that takes place in connection to a crime. You also have a very short window of time — just two years. Yikes!
You must make sure that you cooperate with all law enforcement in order to even be considered for such an award. You would do well to inform the police as soon as possible. Any delay can result in the award being reduced, or your application being rejected outright.
The compensation awards go from a thousand pounds all the way up to five hundred thousand pounds. There’s certainly a lot of money available, but you have to make sure that you apply the right way. You can even apply online, but you have to make sure that you have the right information.
The important thing here is that you are always looking at giving as much evidence as possible. Police reports, medical exams — the key here is that this information goes a long way into helping you claim injury from the violent crime. CICA will do their best to get you the compensation you deserve, but all of the details must be correct. It goes without saying that time is definitely of the essence. You have to act quickly in order to get things taken care of properly.
CICA puts a strong emphasis on exhausting all other sources of compensation before you come to them. So if you don’t have a final judgment yet on other cases, you’ll need to make sure that you let them know. They will most likely want to make sure that you mention it to them.
For now, go on their website and fill out the application form. They will take care of the rest, we promise!