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Criminal injury compensation lawyers near to leeds

Criminal injuries

If you have been an innocent victim of a violent crime, there are three ways in which you can seek compensation. Firstly, you could make a claim again the assailant – though even in a successful case it can be difficult to obtain money from the perpetrator. Secondly, you could make a claim against an employer where the injury occurred in a workplace if the employer could have prevented the crime. Finally you may be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), who run a government funded Scheme.

Financial assistance can make a big difference when it comes to getting your life back on track following a criminal injury. To find out more about making a criminal injury claim please speak to one of our accredited lawyers. Only specialist criminal injury lawyers are listed on this page.

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Mr Mike Massen of COHEN CRAMER in Leeds
Personal injury - Fellow
Mike Massen has been a practicing solicitor for over 20 years and has dealt with personal injury matters throughout his career. He has particular expertise in needlestick claims as well as acting for the victims of rape and sexual assault in relation to... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
I am a serious injury lawyer for one of the leading personal injury law firms in the country. I advise and represent clients who have sustained serious injuries (mainly brain injury and spinal injury). I deal with highly complex cases valued between... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator

Broaden my search: Wakefield (4), Bradford (1), York (2), Huddersfield (4), Doncaster (10), Halifax (1), Sheffield (16), Blackburn (3)

All firms will probably provide the first half hour of your consultation free of charge, either by telephone or in person.

 

To make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority there is no need to wait for a successful criminal prosecution in order to make a claim. To qualify for compensation, the general rule is that you need to claim within two years of the crime being committed. You must also have reported the crime to the police as soon as possible. There are exceptions to these rules but they must be very good reasons not to have complied with them. You can claim for both physical or mental injury - but only those mental injuries which are defined by the scheme. Some relatives and dependants of people killed by a crime can also bring a claim.

Type of criminal injuries

  • Violent attacks and assaults
  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Attacks by dogs – but only where a dog has been deliberately set on someone
  • Injuries involving vehicles – but only where the victim was deliberately targeted. For other vehicle accidents there may be alternative ways in which to obtain compensation

Types of compensation

Compensation is available for injuries, loss of earnings or earning capacity and what are termed “special expenses” such as the cost of equipment, adaptations to accommodation and the cost of care and supervision required as a consequence of the injuries.

It is strongly recommended that you should consult with two or three accredited injury lawyers before making a decision on who to instruct.