Criminal Injury Compensation Authority: Head Injury

CICA Reforms

In future any victim of criminal violence who suffers minor injury will be unable to claim any CICA compensation.  Government proposals that someone who currently receives an award of up to £2,000 would get nothing.  Other awards would also be reduced, for example, £2,500 becoming £1,000 and £5,500 reducing to £3,500.

Focus on Serious Injury

The stated aim of the reform is to target resources on the most seriously injured victims of crime, so an award of £11,000 and above will not be cut.  In addition, overseas terrorist attack victims would, for the first time, get compensation through a special scheme and to help fund the new service the government will raise £50m from criminals by increasing the victim surcharge and drivers’ fines.

Whilst there is concern about how the changes will impact some innocent victims, the reforms importantly protect the entitlement of the most seriously injured, including victims with serious head or brain injury.

Head Injury UK

At Head Injury UK we have many years of experience in helping the victims of crime left with serious injury, including head injury and brain injury, successfully pursue a claim for CICA compensation.  To discuss how we can help you with a similar claim, please contact Andy Shaw.

What our clients say

We know that we have been extremely fortunate to have had such a consummate PI lawyer in Andy acting on our behalf but we have also been blessed by having had his support, trust, friendship and loyalty throughout. We cannot ever thank him enough.

The compensation Nicola has received has helped her move from a tiny council flat into a massive bungalow which has been specifically adapted. It has enabled her to have a better life.

If it was not for the help of my solicitor I don't know where I would have been today. He provided a great deal of emotional support and secured compensation at various stages from the insurance company to fund my treatment and allow me to live. He was there from start to finish.

Higgs & Sons acted for us for 5 years until our daughters claim for personal injuries was finally settled. Ian remains a trustee of our daughters trust fund and we now look upon him as a friend.