If you've experienced rape, child sexual abuse and/or any kind of sexual violence our specialist sexual assault solicitors could help. The Office for National Statistics reported in the overview of violent crime and sexual offences that there were 88,106 police recorded sexual offences in the year ending March 2015 which was an increase of 37% compared with the previous year. We are helping those affected seek redress for what has happened to them. For a free confidential consultation with one of our specialist team call 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
Sexual assault or rape can take place in a public place at any time. Other places include:
- Assault in a medical practice/hospital (doctor, health professional, volunteer, patient)
- Assault at work (colleague, client, visitor)
- Assault on college/university campus (student, tutor, visitor)
- Assault in a care/nursing home (health professional, member of staff, visitor, another resident)
If you have been subjected to a rape or sexual assault, you may have the right to compensation. The CICA (or Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) is a government organisation which provides compensation for those who have suffered as a result of a violent crime in England, Wales and Scotland under the CICA Scheme.
Eligibility Criteria for CICA Claims
The CICA have set strict criteria which enables you to claim under their scheme, which includes:
- You must have received the injury as a result of a crime of violence
- The incident must have been reported to the police as soon as practically possible
- You must fully cooperate with the police and the CICA
- Your injuries just be serious enough to meet the minimum requirements of the CICA Scheme
You can make a claim for compensation for physical and/or psychological injuries and in most cases must make your claim within two years of the incident, although exceptions can be made.
How to make a CICA Claim
You do not need a solicitor to represent you when making a CICA claim, especially if the criminal act which has caused injury is straightforward. However, when you have suffered a serious injury such as a sexual assault, not only will you have a lot to cope with, but it will be difficult to fully understand your financial losses in the long term. We would therefore advise that anyone who has suffered a sexual assault speak to lawyers who have a vast amount of experience in CICA claims for sexual assaults.
Funding a CICA Claim
When making under the CICA Scheme, the case can be funded by a Contingency Fee Agreement. This means that if the case is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay anything.
If the case is successful, there will be a deduction of up to 25% of the CICA compensation payment. We will be able to explain this clearly and in more detail before we begin work on your case.
Expert help and legal advice are just one freephone call away.
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 London, Manchester, Watford, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston 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.