It is important that victims of violent crimes know their rights when they sustain injuries as it is possible to claim compensation.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme set up exactly for this reason. Though not without its faults it does serve as a means of redress for victims who otherwise may not get any financial assistance.
To bring a claim you will need to act in a timely fashion. The standard period in which to bring a claim is two years but there are exceptions to this and that’s why it’s important you seek legal advice. Quite often victims don’t know about this compensation scheme until they have reached the doors of the court for the trial of their assailant and by that time it can sometimes be too late.
A claim is supposed to take 12 months to outguess but post pandemic that timescale has become much longer and does bring with it frustration. The process is very administrative and does rely on the exchange of information and documents before a decision about whether compensation can be issued can be made.
Not all injuries attract awards of compensation and the terms of the scheme can be difficult to navigate. This is why it’s important that you seek legal advice and why SHU Law might be able to assist you especially as we do not charge legal fees and costs are not recoverable under the scheme.