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CICA claim time limits – Are you too late to claim?

If you are about to make a criminal injury claim following an assault or sexual crime you need to be aware of the time limit / deadline imposed on each claim. The general rule when making a criminal injury claim is that you must submit your application to the official body (known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or CICA) within 2 years of the date of the incident.

The rule is slightly different when dealing with cases of sexual abuse. If you were a victim of sexual abuse / assault as a child you have 2 years from reaching the age of 18 to make an application if no claim has been made on your behalf as a child.

If the sexual abuse/ assault was not reported to the police when you were a child but you have since reported it as an adult, you would have 2 years from the date of reporting to apply for compensation.  This often applies in cases of historical abuse as it can be difficult for victims to come forward.

If the victim is under the age of 18, their Parent or Guardian would need to make a claim on his / her behalf. As explained above you have until your 20th birthday to lodge your case in these circumstances.

If you have been sexually abused/ assaulted as an adult and this was reported to the police at the time, you would have 2 years from the date of the incident to submit an application.


Call us to discuss your case today – 01423 593 002 or complete our enquiry form


What if the 2 year time limit has passed?

If a claim is made after the 2 year time limit the CICA will look at the reasons for making a late application.  In some cases the CICA can consider waiving the time limit however the time limits are usually strictly applied. Please read our advice page here which discusses the subject of a delayed claim in more detail.

PLEASE SEEK ADVICE BEFORE YOU CLAIM – we can help in many different cases to manage a delayed application to the CICA but you must speak to us before submitting your claim to avoid damaging your prospects.

There would normally need to be an exceptional reason preventing someone from making a claim within the time limit. For example, a psychological injury where your symptoms are serious enough to have affected your ability to make a claim. It is not reasonable to expect someone with severe health issues to submit a claim within such a short timeframe and fortunately the CICA accept this in many instances.


OUT OF TIME FOR CLAIMING? – Get in touch – Many cases can be successfully appealed.

Call us to discuss your case today – 01423 593 002 or complete our enquiry form


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