Criminal Injuries Compensation Additional Information
How long will my application take?
It is important to appreciate that there is no set time scale for how long it takes for your application to be processed and an award made if eligibility is established.
What can I do to assist my application?
After the assault you must report the matter to the police and must co-operate fully with them.
Other sources of compensation
If you obtain compensation in some other way then it will be deducted from any award made by the CICA.
The DWP will pay certain benefits if you are assaulted and have no income – Income Support, Housing Benefit, Disability Living Allowance and many others. All of these benefits are taken into account when an award is made. Digby Brown has its own welfare rights advisors and if you wish to know more about claiming DWP benefits we can arrange for them to contact you.
If you have been the innocent victim of a criminal you can apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for compensation. The process of preparing your case can still involve considerable expense in obtaining the necessary medical and other expert reports. The prospect of having to find the money to pay for expert reports, and the risk of having to meet your own solicitor’s costs is sufficient to force many victims to accept inadequate awards from the CICA. That is why Digby Brown formed its’ own funding company, Compensate, which takes the financial risk out of applying for criminal injuries compensation by providing a complete funding package. With Compensate you can afford to use the leading experts who will help you establish your case. In the event that your case is unsuccessful, you will have no personal liability to meet any costs. Compensate allows us to give you access to justice with no financial risk.