Have you suffered physical injury or psychological injury as the result of violent crime? You may be eligible for an award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which is an agency funded by UK central government that provides financial recompense to citizens of the UK who have been victims of violent crime. Specialist criminal injury solicitors offer free legal advice and information on no win no fee criminal injury compensation claims as a result of violent assault, sex crimes including rape and child abuse and unlawful killing including murder and manslaughter.
No win no fee criminal injury compensation claims are completely risk free. You pay nothing upfront and you are not responsible for financing the claims process. If your claim is unsuccessful for any reason you pay no legal fees or expenses.
Categories of Non-Sexual Violent Assault
Most no win no fee criminal injury compensation claims fall into the category of offenses of non-sexual violent assault which are outlined below :-
Section S47 Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH):-
This assault may or may not include actual contact with the victim however the victim must suffer injury as a result of the aggressors’ actions. This offence usually involves a visible injury (ABH) and accounts for the majority of charges of assault heard by the magistrate’s courts.
Section 20 – Maliciously Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) – Malicious Wounding:-
This offence is concerned with maliciously wounding or inflicting any grievous bodily harm upon another person without lawful excuse. Generally speaking the injuries are substantially more severe than those used as evidence in a s.47 assault. This is a very serious assault charge.
Section 18 – Wounding With Intent:-
This offence requires that wounding or grievous bodily harm occur (as in s.20) and that the perpetrator intended to wound or cause GBH or intended to resist arrest. This offence is usually charged when the offender uses a weapon to inflict injuries. Unlike s.18 assaults, these offences require specific intent to wound or to cause GBH or to resist arrest. This offence is the most serious covered by the The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and offenders are subject to a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. A defendant charged under s.18 can be convicted of a s.20 or s.47 assault if the specific intent is not strong enough to prove a s.18 assault.
Murder is the offence of killing a person with intent to kill or to cause grievous bodily harm. The penalty in UK is a mandatory life sentence and murderers are only released from prison when they have served a period (currently known as the ‘tariff’) considered necessary to meet the requirements of retribution and deterrence and when they are no longer a risk to society.
Specialist personal injury solicitors are committed to pursuing the maximum compensation available to you under the CICA tariff scheme. They will answer all of your questions about no win no fee criminal injury compensation claims and keep you fully informed about the progress of your claim as it proceeds. Contact a criminal injury solicitor today to receive an honest, objective assessment of your potential claim, including your chances of success and an estimate of the amount of compensation you could receive.