Can I still make a claim for an assault if nobody has been convicted?

claiming compensation for assault

Can I still make a claim for an assault if nobody has been convicted?

This is a question often asked by the victims of violent crime. The simple answer is ‘yes’ but there are some conditions.

The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA for short) is a government funded organisation that pays compensation to the victims of criminal injury in certain circumstances. Firstly, the claim has to be submitted within 2 years of the injury being inflicted. There are some exceptions, such as child claimants and domestic abuse cases, but the usual deadline is 2 years.

Secondly, the incident must have been reported to the police as soon as possible. As well as reporting it to the police you must also co-operate with the police for example making a statement if asked to do so.  If the police cannot trace the offender, or if they trace him/her but then decide not to prosecute, you may still be able to claim so long as you can show that a crime took place.

The injuries must fall within the criteria set out in the CICA Scheme. You must also co-operate with the CICA while it is investigating your claim. There are various other conditions relating to claimants who have a criminal record or if the attack was provoked. You can read more about the criteria for Criminal Injuries here.

If you are not sure if you have a claim then you can fill out enquiry form above, or call us on 0113 200 9787  and we would be more than happy to discuss it with you.

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