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 Criminal injuries compensation solicitors

Criminal injuries compensation solicitors

If you are a victim of criminal injury then you may be able to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).


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You may get an award if you were physically or mentally injured as a result of a crime of violence in the UK.

A crime of violence has no legal definition however it will generally have involved a physical attack or period of abuse. Examples of situations that qualify under the scheme include (but are not limited to) assault, wounding, attempted poison, injuries from crimes of arson or where an individual was deliberately hit with a vehicle (but not where injury was caused by an accident.) You may also qualify under the scheme where you were the dependent and/or a close relative of an individual who died as a result of violent crime.

We are specialist experts and have one of the largest personal injury departments in Scotland with over 25 personal injury specialists covering the whole of Scotland with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick.


Common questions about criminal injury claims
What is the process for Criminal Injury Compensation Claim?


Initially you should report any crime against you to the Police. If you report an incident to the Police, you should obtain the Police Incident number to be submitted to CICA.

It is a requirement for any individual looking to make a claim with CICA to do everything they can to assist in the capture and conviction of the person who caused the injury.

We can help guide you through any claim, our Personal Injury team of lawyers specialise in criminal injury compensation.

How long do I have to claim after suffering a criminal injury?


A claim for compensation through the scheme will only be considered if that claim is made within two years of the injury. This time limit is strictly enforced and it is only in rare circumstances that CICA consider extending this limit. It is not necessary that the individual that injured you is convicted of a criminal offence for an award of compensation to be made.

CICA will not award compensation to you if there is a continuing close link between you and your attacker and it is likely that the attacker would benefit from your award. For example, CICA would not make award in domestic abuse cases if the injured party and their attacker continue their relationship following the attack.

CICA will take into account your conduct in the run up to, during and in the aftermath of the event in which you were injured. A claim is likely to be refused if you willingly took part in a fight, provoked the incident in which you were injured or taking part in illegal activities when you were injured. They will also consider excessive use of alcohol and use of illicit drugs. CICA may also reduce or refuse an award if you have a criminal record.


“Staff are really friendly and down to earth. They break everything down perfectly so you understand everything that is going on. Communication was amazing and I would just like to thank Laura Gallagher who did all of the above and much more making it as easy and effortless as possible for myself. Highly recommended.”

– HM client

“I would just like to thank Marina Harper and Harper Macleod for all your work since my accident. It’s been a long process thanks to covid but I appreciate all your efforts in getting my claim through. Just want to reiterate that this hasn’t been a process prior I had any knowledge in, so thank you for taking the time to respond to my emails and questions I have asked to understand the process.”

– HM client

“Richard Steell’s hard work and dedication on my case has removed the stress from my accident aftermath and resulted in a fair result.”

– HM client

“Routinely represents household insurance companies and individual consumers in claims related to fatal and catastrophic road traffic accidents, employer’s liability accidents and public liability injuries, as well as disease work.”

– The Legal 500 2022

“Heather Calderwood handles catastrophic injury and fatal claims following RTAs and workplace accidents. She also advises on employers’ liability and occupational disease matters.” Clients comment “She is absolutely excellent and does a great job for her clients. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her.”

– Chambers UK 2022



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