The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a government scheme, created to compensate victims of violent crime who have suffered a personal injury within England, Scotland or Wales.

You cannot claim for the same injury twice, therefore you cannot receive compensation through CICA as well as through the civil claims process. If you choose to pursue a civil claim for compensation, you can still lodge an application with CICA and request that your application is stayed pending the outcome of those proceedings.

Abuse Claims - Time Limits

Claims to CICA are subject to strict time limits. Claims must be made within 2 years of the date of the incident or, if you were a child at the time of the incident, by your 20th birthday. CICA has a discretion to allow applications to be made out of the time limit. However, once a decision has been made it is final and cannot be appealed. Whilst CICA’s decision is final, this does not affect any civil claim.

Call Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a Confidential Consultation on 0800 916 9046 or claim online.

For more details on CICA see Justice Government

Slater and Gordon are one of the largest Personal Injury Law Firms in the UK. We can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in England, Wales & Scotland from our offices in Newcastle, London, Manchester, Ashton-Under Lyne, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston, Wakefield and Wrexham.

Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) & the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.