About the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Instructed by Emsleys Solicitors, Charlie Greenwood successfully overturned a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (‘CICA’) decision following appeal to the First-tier Tribunal sitting in Leeds.

CICA deals with compensation claims from people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the victim of a violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales. They currently handle up to 40,000 applications for compensation each year, paying out up to £200 million to victims of violent crime.

It is possible to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation) if you disagree with a decision by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) on your claim for compensation, for example if you’re refused compensation or are unhappy with the amount.

The tribunal can uphold CICA’s decision, increase or reduce the award, decide you should not get anything, or ask CICA to make the decision again.

The claimant in this case suffered a mild brain injury as a result of an alleged assault in 2015 but the CICA initially rejected the claim due to the claimant failing to prove he had sustained injury as a result of a crime of violence. On appeal, the tribunal reversed this decision and submitted the case back to the CICA to assess damages.

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