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Understanding CICA Claims


The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government organisation in the UK that provides compensation for victims of violent crime. If you’ve been physically or mentally harmed as a result of a criminal act, you may be eligible to make a CICA claim.

What is a CICA Claim?

A CICA claim is a request for compensation from the CICA. The compensation is intended to acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced by the victim. It can also cover financial losses, such as loss of earnings or medical expenses, resulting from the injury.

Who Can Make a CICA Claim?

To be eligible for a CICA claim, you must meet the following criteria:

  • The incident must have occurred in England, Scotland or Wales.

  • You reported the incident to the police as soon as possible.

  • You cooperated fully with the police and the courts.

  • You made your claim within two years of the incident.

How to Make a CICA Claim

Making a CICA claim involves several steps:

  1. Report the Crime: You must report the crime to the police as soon as possible. This is a prerequisite for making a CICA claim.

  2. Gather Evidence: Collect all relevant information about the crime and its impact on you. This includes medical reports, police reports, and details of any financial losses.

  3. Submit Your Claim: You can submit your claim online through the CICA’s website. Alternatively, you can seek the help of a legal professional to guide you through the process.

CICA awards

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) provides various levels of compensation depending on the nature and severity of the crime. Here’s a table with some examples of CICA awards:

Injury Type

Compensation Range

Scarring (Head / Neck /Face)

£1,500 – £11,000

Burns (Head / Neck /Face)

£2,400 – £27,000

Disabling mental injury

£27,000 – £19,000

Mental injury lasting five years or more but not permanent


Brain Damage

£27,000 – £250,000

Please note that these figures are just examples and the actual compensation awarded can vary based on individual circumstances. 

CICA claims provide a vital lifeline for victims of violent crime. If you believe you’re eligible, don’t hesitate to seek legal advice and make a claim. Remember, you’re not alone - there are many organisations and professionals ready to help you navigate this process.

Please note that this article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a qualified legal professional before making a CICA claim.


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