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Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors for Criminal Injury Compensation Claims


No Win No Fee Claims for Criminal Injury Compensation


Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make no win no fee criminal injury compensation claims.


What sort of Criminal Injuries can I Claim for?


Criminal injuries can be extremely distressing to deal with because of the psychological trauma of having been attacked or assaulted – or involved as an innocent bystander in a criminal or terrorist activity and being injured as a result.


Work accidents can also result in a criminal prosecution if an employer is found to be negligent in its duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.


The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which awards compensation to those who suffer criminal injuries.


However, victims of criminal injury can also make no win no fee claims for compensation for their injuries against the party liable for the injury, such as a company or an individual who caused injury as a result of drink-drug driving.


Criminal injuries which can be claimed for include:

  • Assault
  • Attempted murder
  • Domestic violence
  • Firearm injuries
  • GBH
  • Knife attacks
  • Murder of a relative
  • Mutilation
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Rape
  • Robbery with violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Terrorism injuries
  • Torture.
Making Criminal Injury Compensation Claims


In order to make a compensation claim for criminal injuries the victim/claimant must:

  • Be uninvolved in the incident or attack (the injury must be unprovoked)
  • Report the incident to the police
  • Co-operate with any police investigation
  • Seek or receive medical care for the injuries.

Victims injured in crimes can still make compensation claims whether or not a criminal investigation or prosecution results from their police report.


How long do I have to make a Criminal Injury Compensation Claim?


Claims for accidents and injury at work compensation fall under the area of law known as personal injury.


Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim – but in the case of claims for criminal injuries the time limit is two years.


Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you wish to make a claim for criminal injuries.


Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a criminal injury compensation claim if a loved one has been injured and is still recovering in hospital, or has died as a result of criminal injury.


How much Criminal Injury Compensation can I Claim?


Compensation for Criminal Injury Claims made under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme ranges from £1,000 to £500,000.


No win no fee claims for Criminal Injury Compensation include:

  • General Damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
    The exact amount will be assessed according to the extent of injury, estimated recovery time and rehabilitation needed – and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed.
  • Special Damages to cover medical fees and out-of-pocket expenses
    Expenses might include physiotherapy, loss of earnings, travel expenses to hospital or damage to personal items. In more serious cases, ongoing care, loss of future salary and pension or adaptations to your home would be included.
Who pays compensation for Criminal Injury Claims?


Claims can be made under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and will be paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which is part of the Ministry of Justice.


No win no fee claims for criminal injuries compensation will be settled by the insurer of the party which caused the injury – or even the individual who caused the injury.


Will I have to go to court to claim compensation?


Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.


Many claims for criminal injuries compensation are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.


But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in criminal injury claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.


Why Duncan Lewis is the best solicitor for Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
  • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors understand just how devastating criminal injuries can be – we believe in putting you and your family first to obtain the best results for you
  • Duncan Lewis is one of the leading firms of Personal Injury and Legal Aid solicitors in the UK
  • Our initial advice on making Criminal Injury Compensation Claims is free
  • Duncan Lewis accepts Criminal Injury Compensation Claims on a no win no fee basis, so you will not have to worry about legal fees
  • We will visit you at home if you are recovering from injuries sustained in a criminal assault or incident – and can arrange expert medical opinions to help back up your claim
  • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors will make sure you understand every stage of your Criminal Injury Compensation Claim
  • We will handle negotiations for you, so you do not have to worry while you are recovering from your injuries.

Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in Criminal Injury Compensation Claims.


Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a Criminal Injury Compensation Claim by calling 020 7923 4020.

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