Katrina Elsey, personal injury representative at Atherton Godfrey has recovered over £190,000 compensation for an innocent victim of an assault.
The man, who was subjected to an unprovoked attack in a bar, suffered serious injuries including paraplegia, a collapsed lung and a fractured rib.
Being involved in an unprovoked attack can be very distressing for innocent victims. These victims of violent crimes don’t often realise that they can seek compensation through the government funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme.
Reporting the assault
The CICA does require victims to report the incident to the police as soon as reasonably practical. And, as a general rule, if the incident is not reported to the police, the CICA will not make any award.
Atherton Godfrey can work on your behalf in pursuing your claim with the CICA to ensure you recover the correct amount of compensation for your injuries.
It is important to begin the CICA application as soon as possible as the claims process can take time. If you were an adult at the time of the incident then the application must be made within 2 years of the date of the attack. If you were under 18 years old at the time, then you usually have up to 2 years after your 18th birthday to make the claim.
Katrina Elsey deals with applications made to the CICA ranging from assault claims to physical or sexual abuse. The value of the payments awarded differs to that of civil claims and are set by parliament and calculated by reference to a tariff of injuries.
The scheme is often considered as a final resort for victims to claim compensation in circumstances where very often the assailant cannot be traced or is unlikely to have the financial means to pay the victim compensation for their injuries.
If you have been the victim of a crime and would like to discuss making a claim, call and speak to our team – we will be happy to advise on the best route for you. Call 01302 320621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org