Did you know that you can make a claim and gain compensation if you have been a victim of a violent crime? Well, you can. At Wallace Legal, our team of Criminal Injury Lawyers in Edinburgh aim to work on your behalf and bring your claim to Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), a government-run organisation that provides compensation for any criminal injury.
Here are some tips that will help you in making a successful criminal injury claim.
- Don’t Make A Claim If You Are Not Eligible
CICA has some pre-approved rules that apply to every application for a criminal injury claim. Before making a claim, you need to carefully consider those rules or end up waiting for compensation that you may never receive.
CICA do accept carefully thought out applications, and that is why we advise you to seek out a criminal injury lawyer. They will guide you through the process of CICA application and also tell you if you qualify for making a claim. The common reasons for CICA to reject claims include the failure to inform the police about the assault, arguing with the attacker before the assault, sustaining non-serious injuries and taking more than 2 years to make a claim.
- Carefully Prepare Your CICA Application
Once you have confirmed that you pass the eligibility criteria of CICA, now you can move on to preparing your CICA application. Make sure to tell the incident as it happened, as CICA always obtains the police report to check your integrity. Put down the briefest detail of the assault on the application form, and focus more on the injuries you sustained from the assault and how they affected you. Filling out explicit details of your injury is vital as the success or failure of your application depends specifically on that.
Seek out a criminal injury lawyer who will take over the application process since they will have a higher chance of gaining compensation for your injuries. They are more aware of what and what not to mention in the application and will more easily guide you through the process.
- Maximise Your Compensation
CICA will try its hardest to minimise the compensation for your criminal injuries. The biggest mistake you can make in minimising your compensation is by neglecting to see your doctor. That is also how CICA will reduce your compensation by saying that your injuries could not have been so bad since you stopped seeing your doctor. So it is suggested that you keep visiting your doctor until your injuries are completely healed. This way, it will be hard for CICA to say that you recovered earlier than you claimed.
If you hire a criminal injury solicitor, they will tell you ways that can help in maximising your criminal injury compensation. They will also assist you in the application form and try to get the maximum value for your injuries.
- Keep CICA Updated
Delay in compensation for a criminal injury claim by CICA is a direct result of them being out of the loop. Regular updates to CICA about your injuries and what treatment you may be receiving is essential. This will keep them aware of how you are recovering and won’t prolong the compensation period.
If you fail to check up on your claim or provide updates, CICA will reach out to you when they feel like you have recovered and ask for your medical notes. This process will only take up an unnecessary amount of time. So in order to shorten your waiting period, it is essential to keep providing them with updates. Hiring a criminal injury lawyer will significantly help you in this case as it will be their duty to help you gain compensation as soon as possible. They will be the ones asking for your injury’s progress and then forward those updates to CICA, making your life easier and the process more convenient.
A team of exceptionally experienced criminal injury lawyers at Wallace Legal will offer a free assessment of your case and guide you through the application process of CICA. We also provide you with a ‘no win, no fee’ policy, along with advising you on your eligibility for the application and an estimated amount of compensation.