Our guide will explain what the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is and outline examples of CICA payouts for victims of sexual abuse. We explain how the tariff of injuries from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 could be used to assign a value to the harm you’ve experienced.
Additionally, we explore the eligibility criteria you must meet to claim in this way. You may be wondering what evidence is required by the CICA; we will take a look at this later in this guide.
Furthermore, we look into the benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement and how hiring a sexual assault solicitor with one in place can be useful for you. If you want to know more about examples of CICA payouts, please continue reading our guide. Alternatively, you can contact our team of advisors for any further information you may require. You can reach us in the ways listed:
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The CICA is a government-funded organisation which provides a compensation scheme for people who have experienced violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales. Examples of CICA payouts are illustrated in the tariff of injuries, which the CICA will use to assign a value to a claim.
You can claim for up to three injuries from this main tariff. A formula will apply if you wish to claim for multiple injuries. You will receive:
- 100% of the compensation for your injury with the highest value.
- 30% of the compensation for your injury with the second-highest or equal value.
- 15% of the compensation for your injury of the third-highest or equal value.
Additional payments can be made for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancies and loss of a foetus which resulted from the violent crime. These will not be subject to the multiple injury formula because they come from a different tariff.
Examples of CICA payouts are shown in the table below. This can be used as an alternative to a CICA claim calculator. You can use this to glean an insight into what compensation you may receive.
The top entry of this table has not been taken from the CICA tariff.
|Sexual abuse plus compensation for special expenses and loss of earnings.
|Up to £500,000+
|This includes compensation for additional injuries, special expenses and lost wages.
|Penile penetration of one or more of vagina, anus or mouth (non-consensual)
|The claimant has suffered serious internal bodily injuries and suffers with a permanent mental illness that is severely disabling.
|This tariff covers serious internal bodily injuries alongside a permanent disabling mental illness that is moderate in nature.
|The injured party has a permanent disabling mental illness that is severe in nature from the incident. This has been confirmed by a psychiatric prognosis.
|The claimant has suffered serious internal bodily injuries.
|The incident has resulted in a permanent disabling mental illness that is moderate in nature. This has been confirmed by a psychiatric prognosis.
|Two or more attackers were involved in the incident.
|The incident involved one attacker.
|The incident has caused a severe mental illness that has been confirmed by a psychiatric prognosis.
|The injured party has serious internal bodily injuries.
Special Expenses In Sexual Abuse Claims
You could receive compensation for special expenses a form of payment you could receive if you have incurred certain expenses due to your injury. Special expenses must be reasonable, necessary and incurred as a direct result of a violent crime. Furthermore, you would need to show that you lost earnings or the capacity to earn, or were incapacitated to a similar extent, for over 28 weeks. The payment will be backdated to the date of the incident.
Special expenses include:
- Any equipment that was harmed in the incident that you rely on.
- The cost of medical treatment by the NHS or another health service that costs the same as an NHS treatment would have.
- Home or equipment adaptations, such as a car adaptation or a stair lift.
- The cost of certain forms of care.
You may also be able to claim a loss of earnings. To do so, you must show that you could not work or were very limited in your capacity to do so for at least 28 weeks. Unline special expenses this will not be backdated.
A sexual abuse calculator might not be able to take all these factors into account. It’s for this reason that we recommend speaking with a member of our team so your case can be assessed.
If you have suffered sexual abuse, you may be able to claim through the CICA. There are set criteria that you must meet to make a claim in this way. These requirements are as follows:
- You were injured in a crime of violence.
- You reported the incident to the police.
- You are within the time limit for claiming.
- It happened within England, Scotland, Wales, or another relevant place as defined by the CICA.
- You must not be able to claim through any other channel.
The definition of a crime of violence includes violent attacks, acts of omission that cause someone to be criminally injured and sexual assault or other sexual crimes, such as child sexual abuse. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 outlines different crimes of a sexual nature. However, the perpetrator does not need to have been caught or even identified in order for you to make a CICA claim.
Making a claim through the CICA is not the only option if you have been sexually assaulted. You might be entitled to claim against the perpetrator if they have the funds to pay you compensation. Alternatively, you could claim against a vicariously liable third party if you experienced sexual assault at work or sustained sexual abuse in a school and this was because of negligence, for example, if a criminal record check was not performed on a teacher with a history of abuse and they went on to offend again.
For more information about eligibility criteria, please get in touch with us.
When looking at examples of CICA payouts, you should be aware of the evidence required when making your claim. You must be able to provide:
- Your police reference number
- Medical evidence
- Proof that you meet the residency requirements for making a CICA claim
The CICA will then be able to liase with the police about other relevant factors. For example, they will be able to confirm whether you have any unspent criminal convictions as this could impact your award payment.
You will be expected to report the incident to the police as soon as possible. Usually, the phrase “as soon as possible” means as soon as the incident occurs. However, if exceptional circumstances prevented this, a claim could still be considered.
Furthermore, a claim generally needs to be started within two years of the incident being reported. Again, however, if exceptional circumstances meant that a claim could not be started within 2 years, then an exception could be made and your case could still be considered.
There are more exceptions to the time limit for claiming through the CICA- speak with a member of our team to find out more about this. They can also talk you through some examples of CICA payouts to give you an idea of how much you could be owed.
One of the specialised solicitors form our panel may be able to help you with your sexual abuse claim. Though having a solicitor is not necessary in a claim, their familiarity and expertise in the legal field will benefit you.
They may offer you a No Win No Fee agreement. A popular kind of this arrangement is a Conditional Fee Agreement.
With this agreement in place, you usually won’t be required to pay upfront or during the course of your claim. Furthermore, you won’t pay your lawyer for the work they do if your claim isn’t a success.
If you are awarded compensation, a success fee will be taken by your solicitor. This is a deduction from your awards which is legally capped by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
Please contact us to know more about hiring solicitors on this basis.
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For more information about examples of CICA payouts and your eligibility to claim, please don’t hesitate to contact our team, who can provide you with the legal advice you require.
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If you found our guide on examples of CICA payouts when claiming sexual abuse useful, please visit more of our guides linked below:
If you found our information on examples of CICA payouts helpful, please explore the external resources listed:
- Help After Rape and Sexual Assault – NHS
- Coping with Crime – Victim Support
- What is Child Abuse? – NSPCC
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