Criminal Injuries Compensation

Criminal injuries compensation

If you have ever been the innocent victim of a violent crime or assault, you are entitled to compensation for your criminal injuries. Suffering from a violent crime can be devastating and cause physical and emotional trauma, and claiming compensation after such an ordeal may be daunting. However, HNK Solicitors are here to help you every step of the way, making the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

You can make a criminal injury claim from the government-run Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and compensation ranges from £1,000 to £500,000, depending on the severity of your injuries. Our dedicated lawyers will fight to secure the compensation you deserve to help get you back on your feet, cover the cost of medical treatment, long and short-term care or loss of earnings.

Our team of expert criminal injuries lawyers have a wide range of experience and extensive knowledge in dealing with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). We deal with applications from the outset until conclusion, assisting our clients through the many stages of the claims process. If decisions made by the CICA are incorrect, we deal with the necessary review application on behalf of our clients and ultimately appeal any incorrect decision before the Tribunals Service. We have dedicated team of solicitors who will represent you at any appeal hearings if needed. HNK can even offer a no-win-no-fee service.

We will assign you a dedicated case handler who will be there to support you and offer advice and guidance whenever you need it. We understand talking about your ordeal and claiming compensation can be difficult, that’s why all our lawyers are highly trained to handle each case sensitively, with care and consideration.

You may be able to claim compensation

If you (or a loved one) has suffered from:

An injury in an act of violence in England, Scotland or Wales (including both physical and mental injuries)

Sexual abuse

Domestic abuse

Elder abuse

Child abuse in care homes

Child abuse in schools

Patient and hospital abuse

Psychological damage from witnessing a violent crime happen to a loved one

Injury when taking reasonable steps to stop or prevent a crime

What should you do?

You need to make your application for compensation from the CICA within two years from the date of the incident which caused your injuries, or within two years of reporting it to the police if the claim relates to sexual / physical abuse.

This 2-year time limit can also be waived if the applicant can provide exceptional circumstances that prevented them from applying earlier. E.g. if you were not mentally or physically able to deal with a claim or if you were advised by a police officer not to claim before a trial end. Our Lawyers have extensive experience in presenting ‘out of time’ applications to the CICA and understand the evidence required in support of such applications. We will assist you in approaching your application in the best way to achieve a positive outcome.

How do I claim?

Step 1

Get in touch using our contact forms or any details provided throughout the site.

Step 2

We will arrange a free consultation with you to discuss your claim.

Step 3

If you have a valid claim, we will accept your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

Step 4

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What we can do for you

As leading criminal injury lawyers, we work closely alongside the CICA to secure you the compensation and justice you deserve. We offer a free no-obligation consultation and a no-win-no-fee service, which means it costs you nothing to get started and there is no financial risk to you.

Given the volume of claims we deal with, we have a dedicated team at the CICA who oversee all of the applications we submit on behalf of our clients. This ensures that any applications we submit are dealt with efficiently and promptly. This isn’t a service that is afforded to applicants who apply direct without our assistance, or to all other firms of solicitors.

We have helped people from all over England, Scotland and Wales claim compensation over the years from the CICA. We work closely with our clients and their family, to ensure they receive the support they need to help get their life back on track. Even if the perpetrator of your crime was never identified, caught or convicted we may still be able to obtain your compensation.

Free Consultation

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation where we will help assess your claim with discretion and sensitivity and offer honest advice.

No-Win-No-Fee

We can offer a no-win-no-fee service which means it costs you nothing upfront and you only have to pay if your application is successful and you receive compensation. As a standard we charge a set fee of either £500 or 25% Plus VAT (whichever is the greatest) from the compensation you receive. No matter how long your claim takes to conclude, or how much work we have to invest in the matter, our fee remains fixed.

Trained Experts

All our criminal injuries lawyers are highly trained to deal with these sensitive cases with care and consideration. They have years of experience in dealing with applications to the CICA and want to help you get the compensation you deserve, so you can rest assured they have your best interests at heart.

FAQ

It is as simple as getting in touch with us and one of our expert criminal injury lawyers will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation which will assess whether you are entitled to compensation.

If we believe you have a strong case, our experts can advise you about how much compensation you can expect, any costs and can even take care of the application process on your behalf.

All you need to do to start the process is:

  • Provide us with brief details in regards to the criminal matter and any injuries you sustained.
  • Your police / crime reference number. If you do not know this you can contact the police to request your unique number.
  • Details of any treatment providers (GP / Hospital / Counselling provider). Provided you have co-operated with the police throughout their investigation and you can provide us with some brief details, we can begin the process of submitting your application.

If you satisfy the criteria, you could be entitled to compensation ranging from £1000 to £500,000, depending on the severity of your injuries.

The compensation depends on the type of injuries you sustained, examples of some of the most common awards received are:

  • A strained neck or whiplash lasting more than 13 weeks: £1,000
  • Fractured jaw: £1,500
  • Significant scarring to the face: £2,400
  • Fractured skull requiring an operation: £4,600
  • Loss of a front tooth: £1,500
  • Funeral payments: a maximum of £5,000
  • Bereavement payments: maximum of £11,000
  • Repeated rapes over a period exceeding 3 years: £44,000
  • Nonpenetrative sexual acts over clothing: £1,000

A CICA case can be lengthy, complex and a difficult process. Many innocent victims of crime expect the CICA to be sympathetic and make the process as easy as possible when they apply for compensation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Having an experienced CICA solicitor can be the difference between a successful or rejected claim and a solicitor is much more likely to get you the amount you deserve. Our team of highly trained criminal injury lawyers have expert knowledge in CICA cases and a wide range of experience so they know the best steps on how to proceed. They can also make this process much easier and less stressful for you by guiding you through the process, chasing up and securing any evidence, medical reports, police statements or social service reports which may be needed to support your case. Our lawyers take away the stress of you having to deal with your own application, leaving you to focus on your recovery.

We also have a dedicated team at the CICA who oversee all of the applications we submit on behalf of our clients. This ensures that any applications we submit are dealt with efficiently and promptly. This isn’t a service that is afforded to applicants who apply direct without our assistance, or to all other firms of solicitors.

If the CICA make a decision in regards to your application, our dedicated lawyers provide you with advice in regards to the merits of the decision. If the CICA make an offer of compensation which is not correct, or if they refuse an application, our lawyers can guide you through the process of applying for a review / appealing the decision.

Our knowledge of the CICA Scheme 2012 is extensive, this equips our lawyers with the understanding required to challenge any in-correct decision made by the CICA. If the CICA do not put right any in-correct decisions they make, we will represent our clients before the Appeals Tribunal whereby our advocacy skills are put to good use. Such assistance throughout the process isn’t afforded to an unrepresented applicant.

There is no specific timescale that the CICA works too but they try to aim to make a decision on applications within 1 year. It can take longer in more complex cases where high-value settlements are required. We find that for more complex cases it usually takes on average 24 months for a case to conclude.

Timescales vary from case to case, dependent on the amount of evidence that is needed and the severity of the crime and injury. HNK Solicitors will ensure you are kept regularly updated about your case’s progress, no matter how long it takes for you to get justice. We will do everything we can to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible and will keep you informed every step of the way.

Under the CICA scheme, children are entitled to compensation but an adult has to make the application for them. The adult will act as what is known as a litigation friend.

The adult must provide proof of their relationship to the child to the CICA. If an incident occurred during childhood you can still report it after the age of 18. From the date it was disclosed to the police, you have two years to pursue the claim with the CICA.

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Jay DuckworthJay Duckworth
20:34 08 Jul 24
Michael from HNK Solicitors provided an excellent, straightforward, and professional service, with the outcome being very positive. Would recommend.
Gemini LoveGemini Love
12:44 02 Jul 24
I have had really good communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend them
O OO O
10:09 24 Jun 24
Don't' waste your time with this outfit!
Will RichardsWill Richards
20:51 13 Jun 24
I received clear information and updates on the case, though I was disappointed after being advised I could expect a higher level of compensation than I actually received.Nonetheless, I was happy with the friendly and helpful communication I enjoyed, and the work done on my behalf.
FoamyFoamy
15:16 12 Jun 24
Phoned them and spoke for 3 hours, they have a policy of taking one crime on its own, so if the crime happens over a few days then they take each day as a separate case!!!!..... so if the evidence for any of these days is linked, they will not count it as they deal with each day on its own!!!!.... useless firm that only wants to make money by making as many cases as they can.....reported to SRA for conduct and basic ignorance to the needs of the client.
James ShawJames Shaw
14:06 03 Jun 24
Excellent service from HNK with a special mention to Lauren and Leigha. HNK managed to settle my claim to a satisfactory outcome. I was consulted along the way and was fully informed before making any decisions and before any action was taken. Definitely recommend
Ben StokesBen Stokes
12:43 26 Apr 24
Fantastic service throughout. Professional and knowledgeable solicitors who hold corrupt and dishonest police officers to account. Settled my case within 3 months. Made an awful situation somewhat better. Highly recommended.
imrie Michieimrie Michie
16:10 25 Apr 24
They kept me informed all the way through the process it did take time but they got me a result I will use then again and again and a special thanks to Michelle McMahon
Terry StaplesTerry Staples
14:22 25 Apr 24
Amazing and professional
Stephen ChipchaseStephen Chipchase
14:59 23 Apr 24
100% recommended, I was kept in the loop from the start and the team answered any questions I had.We had a fast resolution and should I be unfortunate enough to need solicitors in the future I won't hesitate calling HNK
Drew BellDrew Bell
11:45 04 Mar 24
Vivien was brilliant, I won my claim for damages received settling at 5k for a false arrest. She kept me in the loop and followed any instructions I gave her but at the same time she made sure I was informed enough to make certain decisions. Over all would highly recommend and definitely use these guys again if needed.
Col GilbertCol Gilbert
10:05 15 Feb 24
R MorleyR Morley
10:52 23 Jan 24
Stuck with me all the way through the start and got exactly the result I wanted and even more, didn't think I could be compensated as much due to the circumstances, thanks a lot and would recommend anyone to these services, always professional, keep up the good work.
Georgi KolevGeorgi Kolev
11:41 13 Jan 24
Exceptional Advocacy by HNK SolicitorsI am thrilled to share my outstanding experience with HNK Solicitors, who played an instrumental role in bringing action against the police on my behalf. From the outset, their professionalism and dedication were evident. HNK's expertise and strategic approach ensured a positive outcome, instilling confidence in me throughout the process. Their clear communication and genuine concern for my well-being set them apart. I highly recommend HNK Solicitors to anyone seeking expert legal representation. Thank you, HNK, for your exceptional support in securing justice.
Simon SiSimon Si
18:17 10 Jan 24
Very good service throughout, they constantly kept me in the loop and managed a very satisfactory result. I would gladly recommend their service,s to any experiencing the same sort of problems.Many thanksSimon
Loops EntLoops Ent
07:29 22 Dec 23
Very good Solicitor firm, very deligent with their approach. Was an absolute pleasure to work with as they took on my claims against the police and saw to it that a compensation was reached. However this is just one out of many potential cases so am looking forward to working with you guys again.
Dina 21Dina 21
16:35 11 Dec 23
I want to say that the experience I had with this solicitors has been very positive. As through no fault of theirs this case took alot of time.I was impressed with the end results.
Majik EMajik E
13:05 06 Dec 23
Michael Wharton kept me informed throughout my criminal injures claim and was always available for advice and reassurance. Just waiting for my claim to be paid out and that will be a satisfactory end to a traumatic event. Again a big thank you to HNK solicitors.
christian heathchristian heath
12:02 29 Nov 23
Been really helpful and quick at getting it done and processed.
Matthew HigginsMatthew Higgins
23:31 16 Nov 23
I highly recommend HNK Solicitors for their outstanding work on my case against the police. Vivian was fantastic, providing constant support and making the process much more comfortable. Thanks to the excellent teamwork between her and Alex, we won the case. If you've been wronged by the police, HNK Solicitors are the ones to call.
Being the first time having to fight a case against the police I was a bit apprehensive with what the outcome may of been but my solicitor demi was kind and professional and always made me feel at ease every time i spoke to her. I can't thank her enough for the work she put into fighting my case and having Alex as my barrister who I was extremely impress with how he handled my case was a true blessing. So grateful for them both and I have and would forever recommend anyone to work with the firm. Thanks again 😊
Milly FergusonMilly Ferguson
10:15 19 Oct 23
I would highly recommend!! Got my claim sorted out within months
Cw CwCw Cw
20:21 06 Oct 23
Lindsey FrancisLindsey Francis
14:33 29 Sep 23
Amazing service. prompt, successful and professional throughout. Would highly recommend.
unomeunome
17:07 25 Sep 23
I thank all involved in processing my claim successfuly. Everyone was professional,helpful and polite.
DD
14:05 16 Sep 23
I took legal action against the police who had falsified evidence against me. I have no criminal record or history of wrong doing. Unlawful arrest, Imprisonment and use of force. With help from this legal firm I was awarded £££££££ in damages. Very Professional and they assured, and informed me throughout the full process.
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12:25 08 Sep 23
Have sought the help of Higgs Newton Kenyon Solicitors on a number of cases now, and they've been nothing but attentive and helpful at getting me the best outcome. Would highly recommend
Rob MarchantRob Marchant
18:39 29 Aug 23
Very satisfied with service provided to me! Would highly recommend this company to all ! Robert w Marchant.
Scott LPScott LP
15:09 26 Aug 23
They are lawyers, so $$$ is their only agenda and, thus, when we refused the offer of compensation in favour of a public apology, they ended up defending the perpetrators out of spite. Unethical is an understatement.
Courtney LvizCourtney Lviz
10:32 22 Aug 23
I am extremely satisfied with the exceptional service provided by Higgs Newton Kenyon solicitors. Their dedicated work and professionalism in handling my case led to a successful settlement that brought great relief. The team's commitment to excellence is truly impressive, and I appreciate their efforts. I highly recommend their services and am grateful for their support. Thank you, HNK solicitors!- Courtney LV
Hits1791Hits1791
15:35 14 Aug 23
Excellent professionalism and outcome by Michelle McMahon, thank you.
FullStop BanditFullStop Bandit
16:24 05 Aug 23
Steer clear of Vivien Lee unless you are motivated purely and exclusively by undiluted greed and amorality.
Anthony SmithAnthony Smith
01:43 26 Jul 23
I must have drawn the short straw if all these positive reviews are authentic.My own case was handled mainly by para legals. Who displayed very little skill, or real knowledge of the law, and definitely lacked any kind of commitment. I received only one phone call in the three years it took them to 'resolve ' my case.The treatment I received from this firm was barely adequate. If you are thinking of using HNK my advice is find someone else. Unless you don't mind wasting three years of your life for very little in the way of compensation.
Very promising. Will update once completed.
Ankur deswalAnkur deswal
17:34 17 Jul 23
Such a wonderful experience with them.Excellent services got such a friendly people thanks HNK .. 🙏🙏
Turner carlTurner carl
22:34 09 Jul 23
I've learned a lot from life. Even if you are decent, humble, and honest to guys, it doesn't guarantee that they will treat you similarly. I've been married to my spouse for about six years and didn't know he was cheating. I chose to confide in a friend after noticing some changes in his behavior, and they connected me with a hacker by the name of DAVID WILFRED. By remotely hacking and gaining access to his phone call log, Facebook, Messenger messages, phone texts, WhatsApp, Skype, database, and other items, this guy did an amazing and excellent work for me. You can get in touch with this active hacker at (digitaltechhacker @ gmail com).
Kelsea NaismithKelsea Naismith
21:21 03 Jul 23
My solicitors name was Micheal Wharton, he done an amazing job in helping me with my case. He treated me with empathy, respect, and compassion. He is very understanding and kept me up to date with any updates/changes every step of the way. His communication skills are amazing, and he made me feel at ease when talking about my case and reassured me when I was worried.I would highly recommend Micheal Wharton as your solicitor he is very good at what he does and is very professional at all times whilst providing excellent support and advice.I can't thank Micheal enough for everything he has done for me.
Ellen BrownEllen Brown
08:39 31 May 23
Positive service. Treated me with kindness and respect. Didn't make me uncomfortable whilst doing their enquiries.Kept me in the loop at all times and helped me come to a decision that best suited me.Thank you to Michael Wharton for making the effort to help me 🙂
Al TommoAl Tommo
20:09 19 May 23
Very good service, couldn’t be happier with how they handled my claim and we also got justice and compensated rightly! 5 stars 10/10 does what it says on the tin thank you to the team at Hicks Newton Kenyon
brian morhanbrian morhan
17:01 26 Apr 23
Absolutely brilliant. They kept me in the loop throughout the process. I am very happy with the result. Very professional team. I would 100 percent recommend them. Thank you Michael.
amber-marie shoemarkamber-marie shoemark
16:30 24 Feb 23
Highly recommend using higgs Newton Kenyon solicitors I most definitely got my justice I deserved could not of done it with out Michael support I got the support and help the very first day Michael got in contact with me and all the support carried on all the way to the last day
M EdgertonM Edgerton
13:29 30 Jan 23
I contacted Higgs Newton Kenyon over a distressing experience with the police and feeling very vulnerable. Lynne Hughes helped me with my case and was really understanding and empathetic. It meant a lot to have someone speak for me and the outcome of the case was better than I expected. Thanks to their service I have been able to put this experience behind me and move on.Would recommend.
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