The CICA Claims Process can be a daunting thought for those not familiar with how it works and not knowing what to expect, but here at 33 Legal we are Criminal Injuries Compensation Specialists, able to support our clients and guide them at each step of the CICA process, to ensure they have the maximum chance of getting the the compensation they deserve.
Getting victims of violent crime, historic child abuse and sexual crime the compensation they deserve is at the heart of what we do at 33 Legal and our pursuit on behalf of our clients, every day we see the difference that a successful claim can do for our clients.
Whilst no amount can ever seem appropriate to compensate a victim of a serious violent and/or sexual crime, just helping clients secure the maximum they are entitled to under the CICA can help some clients get a greater sense of closure from their traumatic experience as the mental scars still linger, long after the physical scars have subsided.
Being a victim of crime and its after effects can be life changing and the process of getting compensation may seem daunting, particularly the worry about revisiting the trauma and mental injuries that last long after any physical injuries may have healed.
33 Legal solicitors are trained to be highly sensitive to our clients needs during these proceedings and to keep any trauma of these memories to an absolute minimum.
For those who may be unaware of the CICA Claims Process or have just learned of it but are uncertain of the details, we have put together a short list of the most common steps in processing your CICA Claim.
There are several stages to the CICA Claims Process. Most will follow this route:-
- Contact 33 Legal on 0161 711 1299 or complete the online contact form;
- We will speak to you about the incident/abuse and give you our opinion as to the strength of your claim.
- If we believe that the claim has good prospects of success we will offer you a No Win, No Fee Agreement. You sign the contract with us and we submit your Application to the CICA.
- The CICA will then investigate the claim. They will contact any relevant parties but these will nearly always include:-
- The Police – who will confirm the incident as reported to them and the outcome of any criminal investigation.
- Your GP – to obtain your Medical Records to detail your injuries, diagnosis and prognosis
- The Hospital to advise the CICA of any treatment received
- The Criminal Records Office who will advise the CICA of any criminal convictions you may have or pending prosecutions
- Any other medical experts such as psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health professional who may be able to assist the CICA with a diagnosis of your condition and prognosis
- Depending of the response from all these agencies the CICA may request further information which we will then provide to them. We will liaise with you at every stage.
- We will contact the CICA on your behalf each month for an update if we have not heard from the CICA in that period of time.
- On average a case takes approximately one year to reach a decision but this is very much dependent upon the amount of work which is undertaken and how complex the case. The CICA will either reject the Application or make an offer of an award.
- We will advise you of the value of your case and whether the award should be accepted or rejected.
- If the Application is refused we will discuss with you the prospects of an Application for a Review and thereafter a further Appeal.
- If an award is accepted this firms No Win No Fee costs are then deducted in the sum of 25% plus VAT and the remaining 70% of the award is transferred into your Bank Account.
What to Expect from the CICA Claim Process – as told by a customer
“I would like to thank you all so much. After years of what has been a nightmare for me, I finally feel that what happened to me all those years ago has been vindicated that is because of an advertisement that I followed up.
I left a text message and was contacted by Andrew at 33 Legal; he was so sensitive he made me feel comfortable straight away. I explained everything the best I could.
Andrew advised that before we could go any further I needed to contact the police. I couldn’t bring myself to do that so Andrew did it for me.
Once the police were involved I had contact with Pam and also Hannah, they also where very supportive. I was never pushed or bullied into doing anything, they just supported me all the way on this journey and for that I would like to thank each and every one of them for their help, support, and kindness. And of course for winning my case. Thank you all.”
Ms B – Yorkshire