Understanding Criminal Injuries Compensation
One area that our dedicated team here at PHC Law have noticed that people often seem uncertain of is whether they are entitled to claim criminal injuries compensation. This simple guide – answering two key questions – should help you if you feel you may be entitled to pursue a claim.
What exactly is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme?
It’s a government agency that works to ensure that innocent victims of violent crime have the chance to receive the compensation they deserve after suffering such a traumatic event. It was established in 1996 and is funded by the Justice Directorate in Scotland and the Department of Justice in England and Wales. It replaced the earlier Board, set up in the mid-sixties, and together they have paid out more than £3 billion in meeting compensation claims.
What are the conditions of eligibility?
If you have been the victim of a violent crime while living in England, Wales or Scotland either when you were a child or within the last two years as an adult, you may be entitled to compensation. This applies providing you were either a Resident of the UK or a British Citizen of a European Union country on the date the offence took place.
It’s also important, for any claim, that you were in no way to blame for the injury you received and that the incident was then reported to the police within what would be judged to be a reasonable time. Any injuries you sustained need to be serious enough to qualify you to receive a minimum of £1000 in compensation, but this includes both any physical and also psychological damage caused by the person committing the offence. Such injuries need to have been checked out by medical staff and you should also have offered full cooperation to the police in their attempts to identify the offender and bring that person to justice. Finally, you should not have any unspent criminal convictions.
If you feel that you meet these conditions, it is certainly wise to contact our PHC Law team. With over a century of accumulated experience, a 98% success rate in making compensation claims, and a market-leading reputation, we will offer expert advice regarding the possibility of making a claim and professional help should we decide to proceed.