What Can I Claim?

Q: What kind of injuries can I claim compensation for?

A: Claims will be considered for…

  • Physical or mental injury
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Loss of earnings
  • Special expenses payments
  • A fatality caused by a crime of violence, including bereavement payments, payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency
  • Funeral payments

Q: What kind of compensation can be paid?

A: The types of payment that can be made under the scheme are…

  • Injury payments
  • Loss of earnings payments
  • Special expenses payments
  • Bereavement payments
  • Child payments
  • Dependency payments
  • Funeral payments
  • Certain other payments in fatal cases

Q: What conditions must be met to receive a loss of earnings award?

A: The main conditions that must be met are…

  • If an applicant has no, or very limited, capacity for paid work, it must be as a direct result of the injury for which the applicant is eligible
  • The applicant was in paid work on the date of the incident giving rise to the injury
  • The applicant had been in regular paid work for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of the incident (or had a good reason for not having been in regular paid work)

The loss of earnings payment will begin from the first day of the 29th week in which the applicant satisfies the above conditions. Such payments can be in respect of both past and future loss of earnings. Loss of earnings payments are calculated in line with statutory sick pay under Section 157 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.

Q: What is the maximum award under the scheme?

A: The maximum award that can be made to a person sustaining one or more criminal injuries directly attributable to an incident is £500,000, before any reductions.

Q: What if I have more than one injury?

A: Where an application relates to more than one criminal injury, each of which would qualify for an payment, the amount for which the applicant will be eligible is…

(a) The full tariff amount for the injury giving rise to the highest payment

(b) 30% of the tariff amount for the injury with an equal or second highest payment

(c) Where there are three or more criminal injuries, 15% of the tariff amount for the criminal injury with an equal or third highest payment.

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