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Criminal injuries

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has been set up by the Secretary of State to allow payments of compensation to be made to victims of a crime who have sustained personal injury, including serious injuries such as brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Claims must be submitted within two years of the date of the incident. Where a civil claim is also pursued against the person responsible for the crime or against a third party deemed to be responsible, credit will need to be given for any payments made under the CICA claim to avoid double recovery.

Compensation is payable according to a tariff, however, where there are multiple injuries, the compensation will be calculated upon the basis of the full tariff award for the most serious injury, 30% of the tariff award for the second most serious injury and 15 % of the tariff award for the third most serious injury. The maximum award which can be made under the scheme irrespective of the extent of the injury or claim is £500,000. The basis of the calculation will be by reference to medical reports which will generally be obtained by the CICA.

Full details of the scheme may be found on the CICA website

Legal costs are not payable by the CICA and therefore funding is generally by way of a Contingency Fee Agreement under which a small percentage of the final award is deducted by way of contribution towards the legal costs.

Other relevant information: Funding your case.

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