The following FAQS about CICA compensation claims represent some of the most often asked questions. If you have any other queries or questions you should not hesitate to contact a CICA compensation solicitor for free advice without further obligation.
Q. Can I see the medical report and other written evidence?
A. Most of the written evidence is available for review following the initial decision except the Police Report which is provided to the CICA on the basis it remains confidential.
Q. How long will my criminal assault compensation claim take?
A. That depends on the complexity of the case but 90% of claims are settled within 10 months and the average time to resolution is 8 months.
Q. If an initial CICA decision is made on my criminal assault compensation claim can I ask for it to be reconsidered?
A. A decision by a claims officer can be reviewed by a more senior member of staff at the CICA. An application can be made after the notice of a decision has been received using the form that accompanies the decision.
Q. Is there a time limit on when I can ask for the initial decision to be re-considered?
A. An application should be made within 90 days of the original decision however the CICA does have discretion to extend this period in exceptional cases where it would best serve the interests of justice.
Q. Can I appeal the decision of the senior officer who has reviewed a decision?
A. If you wish to contest the review decision, your criminal assault compensation solicitors are entitled to appeal to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, which is independent of the CICA. An appeal form and a guide to appeal procedures are sent out with the written review decision.
Q. Can I submit my own medical evidence in a criminal assault compensation claim?
A. The CICA will consider any relevant medical evidence when making their decisions.
Q. Can I claim for someone who has been killed by criminal activity?
A. There is a restricted class of potential claimants following a fatal injury which includes parents, spouses, children and those in receipt of support from the deceased.
Q. Can I claim funeral expenses?
A. The CICA will pay reasonable funeral expenses to whoever has laid out for them even though they may not come within the classes outlined above.
Q. How long after a decision has been made can applicants expect to receive the compensation due in criminal assault compensation claims?
A. The CICA aims to send all compensation cheques out within 4 weeks of a decision being made.
CICA Criminal Assault Solicitors
A specialist firm of CICA compensation solicitors that deals with claims on a no win no fee basis will be able to help you. CICA compensation claims are usually completely risk free and if you do not recover compensation, for any reason whatsoever, you will not have any charge made to you. You do not have to pay for any expenses or insurance as the claim proceeds.