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Criminal injury compensation lawyers near to taunton

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 Chris Thorne of CLARKE WILLMOTT LLP in Taunton
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Chris is a partner who throughout his career, has practised in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence law, representing the interests of the victims of medical accidents, road traffic accidents and accidents at work, including those... Read more
Mr Michael Williamson of WILLIAMSONS in Crewkerne
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Founder of niche Somerset law firm, Williamsons, Michael has three decades of experience primarily as a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer. A veteran of the early Costs Wars, he was involved in many battles generated by the 2000... Read more
Personal injury legal practice
Personal injury - Senior Litigator
Richard grew up, studied and commenced his legal career in South Wales. He quickly became a civil litigation partner of a high street firm in 2001, predominantly practising personal injury. In 2007 he left Wales to take up a more specialist role in... Read more

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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.