Life: How to claim compensation for criminal injury

So, this post is a little different; I’m going to tell you how to claim for compensation for criminal injury, due to criminal behaviour. As this is a lifestyle blog, I want it to be informative as well as a place to find out about beauty and book releases, so when I was introduced to CICA UK, I wanted to inform you guys, too.

Basically, the government states that you can claim for compensation for a criminal injury. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a violent crime over the past two years, you can apply for compensation. Of course, monetary compensation cannot cure hurts, or help victims to get over what has happened, but money can help victims to get back on their feet and pay for things like therapy. And, if you’re entitled to it, you should go for it!

How to claim compensation for a criminal injury

There are two ways you can claim compensation. It’s a government run scheme, so you can apply directly through a form here.

What you need

  • Your unique police reference number
  • The contact details for the doctor who treated you or your GP
  • Around 15 minutes to fill in the form

It’s understandable, though, that if you’ve been a victim of a violent crime, the last thing you want to do is fill out forms. This is where firms like CICA UK come in. CICA UK is a criminal compensation claims specialist; it claims for compensation on your behalf.

This is the other way to claim compensation: a solicitor will make the claim for you, so you can move on with your life and simply wait for the whole thing to be done behind the scenes. This can also be particularly helpful if you aren’t the victim and are claiming for somebody else.

Injury due to a violent crime is a very sensitive subject, but compensation starts at £1,000 so it is worth looking into if you think you might qualify. There’s no compensation for what victims may go through, but the money can be used for things such as cosmetic procedures, therapy, or a holiday to start a-fresh.

Hopefully nobody reading this will ever need this advice, but just in case, it’s useful to know!

*This is a collaborative post with CICA UK*