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When you enter your details, they are sent straight to our partners at National Accident Helpline (a brand of National Accident Law, a firm of personal injury solicitors regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority). One of their expert legal service advisers will call you as soon as possible to talk over your claim. There is no obligation to use their services, so don't worry if you change your mind. If National Accident Law feel you have a case, they will pass you on to their expert solicitors. We will receive a marketing fee from National Accident Law for our services.

*Should you decide to go ahead with your claim, you will only be charged if your case is successful. Your solicitor's success fee will be taken from the compensation you are awarded, up to a maximum of 25%. Your solicitor will go over any fees you may be charged before starting your case.

Compensating Victims of Crime

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) - established in 1964 as a non-departmental public body, they manage the criminal injuries compensation scheme for Scotland, England and Wales. They are responsible for the administering of criminal injury compensation to those who have been injured as a result of crime processing over 65,000 applications per year resulting in over £200,000,000 being paid out to the victims. The offering of criminal injury compensation only goes out to those who are "victims" of violent crime - in other words they must not have participated willingly in the crime that caused them to be injured. There are also stipulations regarding criminal record with the theory being that if you have committed crimes before that have cost the government money they why should you receive money when it happens to you? (A theory I agree with so why do prisoners still get compensation if they slip in the shower? A discussion for another day ...)

They are a branch of the Home Office and Scottish Executive and have offices in London and Glasgow employing around 450 staff. They are publicly funded which means that misuse of the funds they are given would have serious implications for their own staff, as well as the general public. The hard line nature is well known and frivilous cases are rarely taken on by solicitors.

You can make a claim through their web site or by requesting and application form from their customer services department. When they receive your completed criminal injury claim form you will be given a personal reference number should you need to them during the course of your application. First and foremost they will contact the police, then doctors, hospitals or other organisations/people with relevant information. You will need both a police report and medical notes to be able to successfully obtain a payout. Once replies start coming in from these various sources you will be allocated a case worker who will contact you to let you know how the case is progressing. The CICA UK state that 90% of their cases are finalised within a year which isn't bad. For all current contact details, including telephone numbers and email inquiries, and for further information you should visit their website -

Motor Insurers Bureau Established in 1946 as a private company, the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) was set up to compensate the victims of negligent uninsured and untraced motorists. Every motor insurer is obliged by the Road Traffic Act 1988 to be a member of MIB and to contribute to its funding. This means that payments you make for your own insurance policy have some part that goes to the MIB, hence their mission statement - "To seek a significant reduction in the level and impact of uninsured motoring in order to reduce the Members' levy and cost to the consumer." In 1946-1947, the first year of its operation, the Bureau paid compensation totalling £11,500. Total compensation paid since then amounts to more than £2 billion. -

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