What will it cost me to pursue a compensation claim?
If your claim is a Criminal Injury Compensation (CICA) claim there will be agreement between us and you on how your case is funded. Funding for these cases is not the same as for personal injury or medical negligence. Assuming you co-operate with us, if you lose your claim you will not pay any costs to us for our time or knowledge in helping you make the claim. You may still have to pay other costs though eg for reports. If you win your claim, you cannot claim our costs from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, they will be paid to us from your compensation payment. The costs of your claim for our time and expertise will be no more than 25% of your compensation (plus VAT) plus the cost of any additional expenses you incur to support your claim eg a Police Report or medical evidence. The rest of the compensation is yours.
We’ll explain carefully and in detail, how the funding of your claim works when we talk to you.
Please contact us if you’d like to discuss this further.
How will my compensation be calculated?
The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority make an award for the type of injury, the seriousness of the injury and the length of time it takes you to recover from it. These are a set amount. In addition you can claim for special expenses such as professional care costs, some treatment costs and in limited circumstances loss of earnings. In cases where someone has died, you can also recover funeral expenses. We will advise you further on this if you wish to pursue a claim.
How long will my claim take?
The length of your claim is entirely dependent on the nature of your claim and the severity of the injuries sustained.
In criminal injury claims we may well have to await the outcome of a criminal trial, and for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to carry out their own investigations into your claim. This will influence how long the claim takes.
Crucially, on any case we will need to investigate the full extent of your injuries, identify your future rehabilitation and support needs and all of your future and past financial losses. This takes time.
What we can say is that we’ll push your claim forward so that a conclusion is reached as soon as reasonably possible, and we’ll provide realistic estimates as to when this is likely to be.