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NATIONAL SCHEMES ON COMPENSATION

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme to compensate blameless victims of violent crime. Payment can never fully compensate for the injuries suffered, but it is recognition of public sympathy.

The Scheme is for people injured in England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain). Northern Ireland has its own scheme. The rules of the Scheme and the value of the payments awarded are set by Parliament. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) administers these rules. Payments are calculated by reference to a tariff of injuries. In certain circumstances you may also be entitled to additional payments for loss of earnings or special expenses.

The Scheme is intended to be one of last resort. The CICA expect you to try to claim compensation from the person, or persons, who caused your injury or loss. You may be able to claim from someone who was indirectly responsible for your injury. However, if you do not know who injured you, or your assailant does not have the means to pay you compensation, you can make a claim under the Scheme.

If you are trying or planning to claim compensation from someone else, you must tell the CICA when you are applying and you must keep them informed of progress with your other claim.

You must make your claim to the CICA within two years of the incident. You should not wait to find out if other claims are successful. However, the CICA will not make a final decision on your claim until you confirm that you have exhausted other routes to compensation.


NORTHERN IRELAND

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NATIONAL SCHEMES ON COMPENSATION

Compensation Services (formerly known as Compensation Agency) operates the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Under this scheme you may be entitled to claim:

• Compensation for a personal injury whether mental or physical

• Compensation if your parent, child, husband, wife, or partner has died as a result of a criminal injury

• Compensation for loss of earnings or earning capacity as a result of a criminal injury

Compensation Services introduced a new Tariff Scheme for the payment of compensation in cases of criminal injury, where the injury was sustained on or after 1 April 2009 in Northern Ireland. (This updated the 2002 Scheme.)

For information on compensation for injuries sustained before 1 April 2009, see www.compensationni.gov.uk.

 
 
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