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  • Overview

    Contact one of our specialist personal injury lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we consider you are entitled to compensation from the CICA.

    When can you make a claim for criminal injury compensation claim?

    Violent crime can have lasting and serious impact, both physically and psychologically, and can be difficult to talk about. However, we are here to help you claim compensation fro the injuries you have sustained and to aid your recovery.

    The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government body tasked with compensating the victims of violent crime for the injuries they sustained.

    To succeed with a criminal injury compensation claim you need to meet strict criteria. For example the violent crime must have happened in England, Scotland or Wales. The application should be made within two years of the incident, although some can be pursued after this deadline.

    What compensation can you claim from the CICA?

    Up to £500,00 in compensation that can be awarded for injuries caused by violent crime. is limited to £500,000. The amount you can claim is calculated according to specific guidelines set out in the scheme. Provided the case meets the criteria, you may be able to claim compensation for:

    • The injury
    • Loss of earnings
    • Other expenses (e.g. care and treatment if is unavailable on the NHS).

    You can be refused compensation or have your reward reduced for a number of reasons including if you:

    • Have a criminal record
    • Fail to cooperate with the police.

    What costs are involved?

    • You pay your own legal costs from the compensation you recover - you can’t recover these legal costs from the CICA in addition to your compensation
    • It may be possible to sue the person that injured you personally if they have the means to pay any compensation you were awarded. In those circumstances you would be able to claim some, if not all, of your legal costs as well as your compensation from the defendant.

    How our personal injury lawyers can help with your injury caused by violent crime claim

    • The breadth of experience in our personal injury team means it is likely that we have recovered compensation with similar circumstances to yours
    • You will have support and expert service from a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in the area of violent crime
    • We’ll assist and advise you with your application for compensation
    • We’ll advise you carefully and clearly about the legal costs that would be deducted from any compensation you receive from the CICA
    • We will work tenaciously to achieve a positive outcome.

    Free initial consultation

    Contact our team of specialist personal injury lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your accident before giving you clear advice on the chance of you recovering compensation. If we think you have a claim we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.



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Dominique was friendly, informative and excellent to deal with. I have recommended Thomson Snell & Passmore to others of every department. My experience with the company has been seamless.


Dominique showed great empathy and understanding at all times.


Tom was really helpful he explained very clearly and what would happen. Thank you.”


Thank you for providing an excellent service, which due to you was stress free for me!  I am more than happy with the amount and am now, more importantly, able to move on putting this behind me.


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Chambers UK 2015

Jonathan Clement is ‘a great negotiator’.

The Legal 500 2014

The team helped to build my confidence by keeping me up to date on any progress while reminding me of appointments with regular calls and e-mails. I can highly recommend their services to anybody who is unfortunately in my situation. Thanks James Cahan and his team of experts.”


Throughout the process, your firm has treated me with unfailing tact and courtesy.  I have been conscious of, as well as the firm’s efficiency, a considerable sensitivity in the way a potentially painful legal issue was dealt with.


We are very grateful to you for your hard work, your sensitivity in dealing with some frequently painful material, and the consistent lucidity with which you have kept us informed of the different stages of the claim


First class service from the first meeting until the end. Thank-you.


I have absolute respect for them. They're an excellent firm – well established, and very pleasant people

Chambers UK 2014

The team provides a ‘consistently high level of service’.

The Legal 500 2013

As a family we have no experience of dealing with such issues, so James’ considered approach, advice and guidance were invaluable to us. Invariably highly professional but also approachable and with clear explanations, he has inspired total confidence throughout the past 17 months.


I felt that you were very sincere and compassionate when dealing with me when I was at my lowest. I would recommend James time and time again, to any future clients.

Evelyn Plum

I would like to take this opportunity of offering my most sincere thanks to you and your Team for handling my Personal Injury Claim. The outcome was very satisfactory and way beyond my expectations which I can only attribute to your expertise and knowledge in these matters. I will have no hesitation in recommending you and your practice partners.


Many thanks for all your support and hard work through a torrid 2 ½ years. We both appreciate it could have ended very differently without your dedication and attention to detail.”


You have been very good thank you. Always prompt to respond to queries and have explained everything thoroughly.”


I thank you so much for your excellent service and will recommend you strongly to anyone needing help.


I feel that TS&P and your team have been extremely good and I could not have wished for anything more.


The sensitivity and dedication has assisted and assured me greatly in my recovery…there has been an emotional benefit that you and the team have provided by all of your actions. Thank you and the team for winning this case and securing a victory which, to me, is more than just about financial compensation.


Thank you so much for the huge amount of effort and work put in by all concerned with this case. You were a very kind man and handled the case sympathetically and with integrity


Couldn’t have wished for a nicer person. What more can I say other than a BIG thank you.


Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant from the time I walked in the door.


I feel that TS&P do take time to understand me personally. I am not just a folder, I am a person


Dominique has been very supportive - and patient - throughout the process. I have often found it difficult, and because of stress and other circumstances in my life I have often taken a long time to face up to the situation and complete things that need to be done.


I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.


I cannot thank Jenny and her team enough and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend TS&P, Debbie, Jenny and Patricia highly enough. Many thanks again for your professional conduct throughout.


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