Criminal Injuries Compensation – Do I need a solicitor to apply for compensation?
Clients making claims for criminal injuries compensation are sometimes discouraged from consulting a solicitor to assist with the claim, and the application form itself states they you do not need a solicitor to help. It may be the case that you do not need to be represented to apply, however we can help you to obtain the level of compensation you are entitled to as a result of your injuries.
We have helped clients in the past where the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) have made an error in fact/law and have therefore not awarded our client either the correct level of compensation or none at all. Recently a client of ours was denied compensation by the CICA, however following our advice and a request for a review she received what she was entitled to.
Yet more pitfalls…
Before even making a claim for criminal injuries compensation you need to ensure the relevant requirements are met. These include, among others, the time since the injury was incurred and cooperation with the Police. The CICA can be quick to refuse a claim if these are not met. However a solicitor will be able to advise you in relation to these stumbling blocks and whether they can potentially be overcome. There are often good reasons why a client has not cooperated with the Police, or why it has taken so long to make a claim, and we can assist in putting forward your case to the CICA.
I can’t afford to pay a solicitor upfront for help
You won’t have to. If we think your claim is something we can help with we will act for you under a Contingency Fee Agreement, which will mean you will only pay us if you are successful in obtaining compensation. A set percentage of your compensation is agreed at the beginning of your case, so no surprises at the end!
Get in touch!
Our specialist team are here to help. Feel free to give us a call for an initial discussion of your claim. You can telephone our Newcastle Office (0191 232 9547) or our South Shields Office (0191 427 5077) or email Anne Banks.