What is criminal injury?
Criminal injury describes the physical and mental injuries caused by a crime of violence. Applications for compensation can include compensation for past or future loss of earnings, special expenses caused by the crime and for bereavement as a result of a violent crime.
Claims for compensation are considered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (also known as CICA) and the final sum awarded to victims is based on a tariff that assigns different amounts of compensation to different types of injury.
Victims of these distressing crimes deserve compensation and together with CICA, the government body created to aid those who suffer injuries in an assault, we aim to get the victim what they deserve.
As long as the incident is reported to the police within 48 hours of its occurrence and you sought medical attention for your personal injury, compensation may be available to claim, even if the injured party is deceased.
It must be noted, however, that there are restrictions which mean that you cannot make a criminal injury compensation claim if:
- The perpetrator was a family member in the same household
- The incident in question occurred before 1979
In addition to this, one should also be bear in mind that the Criminal Compensation Authority will take into account any records of criminal behaviour in your name and this as a consequence may either reduce or cause a refusal of your compensation claim payout accordingly.
There are a variety of different types of occurrences where criminal activity causes injury, which in turn provide a situation where a claim for compensation can be a viable option to take.
Violent crimes, such as assault, are the most common cause of criminal injury. Whether you are affected by spinal, brain, head or other serious injuries, you are likely to be able to make a claim for compensation. The level of compensation will depend on the extent and type of injuries.
Preventing an offence
Some people may have been injured while attempting to catch an offender or a suspected offender in situations such as robberies. This, as well as situations where someone was helping a police officer to catch an offender and were injured, could entitle someone to make a claim for compensation.
Although compensation isn’t usually paid out for accidental injury, there are some exceptions. Innocent bystanders do not ask to be involved but they are sometimes hurt regardless. This might come about as a result of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, for example if a police officer struggles to arrest a violent criminal and you trip, fall or even get injured by a weapon.
Arson can not only result in damage to property but also physical and psychological damage to those involved. If you have undergone the terrifying ordeal of arson and would like to obtain legal assistance then please do not hesitate in contacting us.
Food poisoning and carbon monoxide poisoning are arguably the two most common ways in which somebody could experience poisoning. The severity of the causes of these extend from a member of kitchen staff not washing their hands and you experiencing an upset stomach to death caused by a landlord not properly maintaining the gas systems of a property that they manage. It can also involve acts of malice where the criminal intends to harm, injure or even murder the victim.
If an accident occurs while either on board or when boarding a train and you were injured as a result, you may be entitled to a claim. This also may be the case if a family member has lost their life. Not all train accidents are caused by another individual’s negligent or criminal behaviour, but if this is the case then it is suggested that you begin legal proceedings as soon as possible.
Animal attacks are unfortunately relatively common, particularly those involving dogs and children. An animal attack can cause serious injuries and even death, and if you or a family member have experienced such an incident and would like to proceed with a claim, our specialist lawyers will be on board to help you.
Injury caused by vehicles
Criminals may use vehicles to cause injury or even death intentionally or as part of the crime being committed. Innocent injured parties are able to apply for compensation for the mental and physical damage caused when injured by a vehicle involved in criminal activity.
No one asks to be the victim of a crime and we aim to help. If you feel that you have been affected by criminal injury and would like to proceed with a claim, please do not hesitate in contacting us to discuss your case and begin attempting to claim what is rightfully yours. Our commitment is to you and achieving the best outcome for your situation.