If your CICA claim is accepted and deemed eligible then you will hopefully be entitled to receive a compensation award for your pain and suffering or psychological injuries. The criminal compensation scheme is very rigid in terms of what can be achieved and you must understand that the process is different to a civil claim where there are less constraints.
We provide some background here as to how claims are evaluated. We also have a very useful CICA compensation calculator to work out an approximate level of compensation that may apply in your case.
If your case relates to sexual abuse or related offences you may wish to calculate your potential award using our specialist online tool.
The size of any award paid in recognition of victims’ personal injuries is fixed according to a scale, or tariff, set by Parliament. The tariff applied since November 2012 defines the maximum levels of compensation which may be awarded. If you qualify also for lost earnings and/or special expenses, the CICA will pay additional compensation however the maximum combined amount payable under the scheme is £500,000.
Be aware that loss of earnings claims are very complex and legal advice is recommended to ensure you obtain the right level of compensation.
If your case has already been decided by the CICA and you are unhappy with the award proposed – you can challenge this decision. Please read our advice pages here on the initial decision Review process or Tribunal Appeal procedures. Or you may wish instead to make a formal complaint about your CICA proposed award.
We list some typical award examples below which are all subject to appropriate medical and police evidence being supplied. If you have suffered more than one injury, the CICA will only compensate you for the three most serious. The award components are paid in a discounted or scaled format as follows;
– 100 % of the award amount for the most serious injury will be paid;
– plus 30 % of the tariff amount for the second most serious injury;
– plus only 15 % of the tariff amount for the third most serious.
This scaling formula in our view seriously undermines the compensation scheme but as the award process has been approved by parliament it is beyond legal challenge.
Following changes to the internal handling processes within the CICA grooming and sexual abuse victims can now claim compensation even where consent may have been given. More here on abuse compensation.