The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme was introduced to compensate victims of a crime of violence. You could be entitled to receive compensation from the CICA, if for example you have been beaten up, assaulted or attacked. In order for you to be successful you are required to make your application within two years from the date of the accident, but certain exceptions do apply.
In order for your application to be successful it is necessary that the incident has been reported to the police as soon as possible and that you have fully co-operated with any investigations.
Any award made may be reduced or withheld if you have failed to help the police with their enquiries or have certain criminal convictions.
You may also be entitled to compensation under this scheme if you have been a victim of sexual abuse. Again the scheme lays down certain criteria which you must satisfy if your application is to be successful.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority are not responsible for your legal costs and legal aid is not available. However, we are more than happy to conduct any such application under a "Contingency Fee" Arrangement. In essence this means that if we do not recover any compensation for you, then you do not pay us anything. However, if we are successful in recovering compensation for you, then we will deduct a pre-agreed percentage from your damages in relation to your costs. The Contingency Fee Agreement will be explained to you in detail before we begin to act on your behalf.