For 2 years L was sexually and violently abused by her husband until she reported this to the police in 2014. In 2015 he was sentenced to 8 years in prison. L began to recover but developed mental health problems. It wasn’t until early 2016 she first heard about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). She was told about it by her counsellor. She began to look for a solicitor to act for her and later in the year, in September 2016, L was given Victoria Price’s contact details at Price Slater Gawne.
The CICA scheme has a number of rules and criteria which are strictly applied. One of the rules is that a claim can only be made within two years of reporting the matter to the police. Technically this case was out of time but Victoria Price agreed to act.
The evidence was gathered and L’s claim was submitted to the CICA as soon as possible. As anticipated the CICA rejected the claim on grounds that it was submitted out of time. There were exceptional circumstances which applied in this case and so grounds for a review were drafted by Victoria Price and submitted in July 2017. In September 2017 L was offered an award of £16,500.
The CICA process is rarely straight forward. The benefit of using Price Slater Gawne to act for you is that they have expertise and years of experience in bringing CICA claims so we can find a way through the scheme that you may not have anticipated.
L says if she had tried to do the claim herself she would probably have given up when it was first rejected. She now has a significant monetary award. Amongst other things, it will help her to pay for private CBT and counselling treatment. In her own words:
“I just want to say thank you so very much. This money means more than you know, you’ve made my financial battles a little easier”.
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