The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is the authority responsible for paying out appropriate compensation to members of the public who have been injured as a result of criminal activity.
The government has set out a scale of compensation for different types of injury and compensation is assessed by looking at the medical evidence available in respect of the injury and assessing exactly where on the scale of compensation is appropriate for the particular injury in question.
CICA is effectively an arm of government and as with most other government departments is not particularly swift, and not particularly efficient and claims are not therefore processed anything like as quickly as, for example they would be in the private sector if the claim was against an insurance company. Cases can often take over 12 months to process and complicated cases take much longer.
These cases are not dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis, simply because criminals are not insured and therefore there is no third party insurance company from whom the legal costs can be claimed.
CICA does not pay out anything for legal costs in addition to the compensation and therefore we deal with CICA cases on the basis of either a fixed fee or else by agreeing with you a fee representing an agreed percentage of the compensation payment due to you from CICA.
We are very happy to have a free no obligation telephone conversation with you as to whether or not you have a valid claim.
It is vital to any claim which you intend to pursue, that you have reported the criminal activity in which you sustained your injury to the police, and that you have cooperated fully with the police in connection with their own enquiries. If you have previous criminal convictions yourself, then that will adversely affect your claim and it is also important that your injuries are substantial and not just trivial and that you sought medical assistance immediately after the injury was sustained.