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Government U-turn on CICA awards

  • September 13, 2012
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For those who have been injured by the violent criminal acts of others there has for many years been recourse to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The CICA is a government funded organization that makes payment to the victims of violent crime.

The awards are not as high as one would receive in a direct civil claim say for instance for injuries sustained in a road traffic accident but rather are based on a ‘one size fits all’ tariff system and, restrictive as this system may be it is quite often the only way of recovering compensation if your assailant can’t be found or has inadequate resources to meet any civil claim brought against them; it not perfect but it is a better deal that you will find in a lot of countries

However over recent months there have been plans to do away with the lower level of injuries and reduce the awards on those that were left. When we use the term ‘lower level of injuries’ we are not talking about a bit of a black eye; under the proposed changes you would have received no compensation for any award worth £2500.00 or less. This includes such injuries as a fractured jaw or broken nose.

The proposed changes were due to come in September/October 2012. Fortunately in the face of overwhelming criticism and campaigning by, amongst others, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) the government has declared that they will be dropping the plans and further considering the options.

An excellent result for all concerned.

If you have been a victim of violent crime and want to see if you are entitled to claim an award then call me , Mike Massen on 0113 237 9617 or email me on mmassen@gartonsolicitors.co.uk and I will see what I can do to help.

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