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If you have been injured in a violent crime, we could help you make a CICA claim for bodily scarring.

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A Guide To Making A CICA Claim For Bodily Scarring

If you’ve been the victim of a violent crime that left you scarred, you might be able to claim a payment from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This government agency is set up to give people a chance of claiming compensation for the effects of a crime. Our guide on making a CICA claim for bodily scarring explains how the process works.

Continue through this guide to learn how you can claim through the CICA and how long you have to submit your case. You can also learn what compensation you could receive for permanent scars, severe scarring and other effects you experienced.

You don’t have to claim compensation for criminal injuries alone. Our guide concludes with a summary of how our solicitors help claimants make successful permanent scar compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Speak to our helpful advisors today to learn how you can make a CICA permanent scar compensation claim. If we find you have a valid claim, you could be connected to an expert solicitor in no time. All you need to do to get started is either:

  • Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0151 375 9916

  • Contact us through our web form.

  • Use the live support feature that appears on this page.

How Can The CICA Help You Claim?

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In certain cases, victims of a crime can sue the perpetrator or a vicariously liable third party that was partly to blame. However, not all people have that opportunity. For that reason, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was set up as an executive agency that offers an alternative compensation route.

The CICA can accept claims from people who have been attacked and left with bad scars as a result. As well as suffering a physical injury, you could be left with ongoing psychological damage caused by permanent scarring. You can claim for a criminal injury through the CICA if your case meets certain criteria that we discuss further on in this guide.

You can call us for free anytime to discuss your options and learn whether you can start a CICA claim for bodily scarring.

Making A CICA Claim For Bodily Scarring

To be eligible to make a CICA claim for bodily scarring, you will need to meet the CICA’s eligibility requirements. These are:

  • The incident occurred in England, Scotland, or Wales. It can also happen in a relevant place, including a ship registered in Britain.

  • You were injured in a crime of violence. The CICA use the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 to asses eligible claims as it provides examples of incidents considered a crime of violence. This includes an attack, sexual abuse and arson.

  • The crime was reported to the police.

  • The claim is made within the correct time limit. We discuss this later on.

Evidence For CICA Claims

Additionally, you must be able to provide the CICA with the following evidence:

  • Proof that you meet the residency requirements.

  • Medical evidence of the injuries you have suffered, such as severe facial scarring or bodily scarring.

  • A crime reference number to prove the incident was reported to the police.

However, a scar injury claim does not depend on the perpetrator being found guilty. This means that you do not have to wait for the person who caused your scar injuries to be charged or convicted. You also do not have to produce evidence of the crime itself, as the CICA will liaise with the police directly.

To see whether you may have a valid CICA claim for bodily or facial scar compensation, you can contact our advisors.

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Is There A Time Limit For Making A CICA Claim For Bodily Scarring?

As previously aforementioned, when making a CICA claim for bodily scarring, you must ensure that you begin this process within the time limit.

Generally, you must submit your claim within two years of the incident taking place. Exceptions could be made if you can prove exceptional circumstances prevented you from starting your claim within these 2 years. However, these will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What Is The Time Limit For CICA Child Claims?

The time limit for child claims through the CICA are as follows:

  • If you were injured under the age of 18 and the incident was reported to the police, you will have 2 years to begin the claiming process from your 18th birthday.

  • If you were injured under the age of 18 and the incident was not reported to the police, you will have 2 years to begin the claiming process from when this report it made. You will also need to demonstrate how exceptional circumstances prevented you from making this report sooner.

For more information on the time limit for CICA bodily and facial scar compensation claims, you can contact our advisors.

How Much Compensation Could You Receive From A CICA Claim?

If you make a successful CICA claim for bodily scarring, you will receive compensation for your injuries. Your injuries will be valued in line with the tariff that is laid out by The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. These are fixed amounts, meaning you will receive the exact figure listed for your injury.

These figures are only adjusted if you claim for more than one injury. For example, if you suffer severe torso and facial scarring in a criminal assault, as well as psychological damage, the CICA will use its multiple injury formula to pay out:

  • The full amount, as shown in the Scheme, for the highest-valued injury.

  • 30% of the figure for the injury valued either the same as, or lower than, the above.

  • 15% of the tariff total for the injury valued third-highest or joint-second highest.

You aren’t able to claim for more than three injuries. 

Collecting medical evidence is therefore vital, as such evidence will be referred to when the CICA considers how much to pay out.

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Example CICA Compensation Table

The table you see below shows payments that could be made for various injuries as part of a CICA scar compensation claim. Except for the top entry, all figures come from the 2012 Scheme.

SCARRING INJURYSEVERITYTARIFF FIGURE
Multiple Injuries, Including Bodily Scarring, Plus Special ExpensesSevereUp to £500,000
Facial ScarringSerious Disfigurement£11,000
Scarring to the HeadSerious Disfigurement£3,500
Significant Disfigurement£1,500
Scarring to the TorsoSerious Disfigurement£3,500
Significant Disfigurement£1,000
Scarring to the Upper LimbsSerious Disfigurement£3,500
Significant Disfigurement£1,000
Scarring to the Lower LimbsSerious Disfigurement£3,500
Scarring to the NeckSignificant Disfigurement£1,500

Claiming For Financial Losses In A CICA Claim For Bodily Scarring

In certain qualifying cases, the CICA can award a special expenses payment. Under special expenses, you could receive:

  • Care costs relating to your bodily functions or preparing food.

  • Any equipment that you depended on as a physical aid that was damaged in the incident.

  • Equipment needed to manage with your injuries.

However, all these costs need to have directly resulted from the incident, be necessary, and reasonable, and not be available for free elsewhere.

Additionally, you could also claim compensation for a loss of earnings, but you will have to prove your case meets the specific requirements to receive this.

You can call us today to speak to an advisor about compensation for a scarring claim. Get in touch for free guidance and learn how one of our expert solicitors could help you get CICA compensation for bodily or facial scars.

Claim Criminal Injuries Compensation On A No Win No Fee Basis

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As we mentioned earlier, our solicitors can help claimants who suffered scarring make compensation claims through the CICA. They offer their expert guidance on a No Win No Fee basis, offering a Conditional Fee Agreement to people whose cases they take on.

When claiming with a solicitor under this arrangement, there are no upfront solicitor fees. You can get legal advice during your case and your solicitor would not take a payment for their work if the claim is unsuccessful.

The only time a solicitor would take a fee is if the claim was successful. Even then, they only take a small percentage of the compensation awarded, and a legal cap set out by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 limits this percentage.

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Our advisors, as well as sharing guidance on scar injury claims, can assess the eligibility of your case. If your scarring claim is one the CICA is likely to accept, you could be connected to a solicitor for dedicated support.

All of our contact lines are completely free, so please don’t hesitate to reach us through one of these routes:

  • Calling 0151 375 9916

  • Going online to contact us and ask for support.

  • Chatting to an advisor now through our live support tool.

Read More About How To Claim Compensation

We offer free and detailed advice on different types of compensation claims, including:

These resources could be useful if you’re considering a possible criminal injury compensation claim.

We hope our guide has helped. Remember, you can call now for clear and helpful information on making a CICA claim for bodily scarring.

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