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Assaults & Criminal Injuries

Secure compensation for criminal injuries with our personal injury lawyers.

At Truth Legal, we understand the fear and distress that suffering a criminal injury can cause.

Our specialist solicitors are experienced in assault and criminal injury compensation claims. We can help you to secure compensation, with clear, straightforward advice and unwavering legal support.

What kinds of criminal injury compensation claim could I make?

CICA Criminal Injuries Claim

TIME LIMIT: 2 Years*

We can help you to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

Our dedicated page on
CICA Criminal Injury Claims can tell you more.


Civil Claim Against a Third Party

TIME LIMIT: 3 Years*

Some third parties can owe you a duty of care in certain situations.

The most common example is your employer. If you have been assaulted at work you may have a claim against them.


Civil Claim Against Your Attacker 

TIME LIMIT: 3 Years*

If the identity of your attacker is known, and they have the funds or assets to cover your compensation and legal costs, you may be able to claim against them directly.


* These are the normal time limits for making a criminal injury compensation claim, starting from the date of your injury. They can sometimes change. If you are unsure, contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Compensation for assaults and criminal injuries

Attacks and assaults are criminal offences, but they are also civil law ‘wrongs’. This means that you can bring a claim against an attacker to recover compensation for any harm they have caused you.

In reality, this is not usually a viable option – either because you do not know the identity of your attacker, or because they would not have the financial means to pay your compensation and legal costs.

This means that claims for assaults and criminal injuries are usually made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) or, if you have been assaulted at work, against your employer if they did not do enough to keep you safe in the workplace.

There might also be other situations in which a third party (i.e. not the person who assaulted you) could be held legally responsible for your injuries. For example, if failures by a security company at a venue led, or contributed, to the attack happening.

Why claim for criminal injury compensation with Truth Legal?

We understand how frightening it can be to suffer an assault or criminal injury. And that the psychological effects can often persist long after the physical injuries have healed.

Truth Legal’s founder, Andrew Gray, was assaulted on his first day as a trainee solicitor (you can read about his experience here). And Truth Legal was originally set up to help people who had been assaulted at work.

Over the years, our team of expert personal injury solicitors have seen how assaults and attacks can affect the lives of innocent people. We have helped many clients to claim the compensation they deserve after their ordeal.

We offer:

  • Specialist technical knowledge and experience – so you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.
  • Practical advice – tailored to your situation.
  • Strong representation – fighting for the compensation and outcome you deserve.
  • Support and compassion – friendly, knowledgeable professionals on your side through a difficult time.


To find out more, read our blog: 5 Reasons Why Truth Legal Might Be Right For Your Personal Injury Claim.

Assaults & Criminal Injuries FAQ

For a criminal injury compensation claim directly against your attacker, you will need to prove that the assault took place, and that it caused the injuries you are claiming for.

The first of these requirements will be proved automatically if your attacker has been convicted of a criminal offence in relation to the attack.

This is because criminal cases require a higher standard of proof than civil cases (‘beyond reasonable doubt’ instead of ‘on the balance of probabilities). As such, evidence satisfying a criminal court will be enough to prove liability in a civil claim automatically.

For criminal injury compensation claims against a third party, it’s slightly different. You will have to prove that the third party owed you a duty of care, that they failed in that duty, and that this failure caused your injuries, or contributed to them.

For a CICA criminal injury compensation claim, our article here explains the requirements and the process involved.

If you are eligible to make a CICA claim and another claim alongside it (such as an assault at work claim against your employer), it is possible to make both.

However, you will not be compensated twice for the same harm. In other words, you will be compensated for your injuries but each claim will take into account what you have received under the other.

For example, if you recover injury compensation from the CICA, and later receive compensation from your employer, you will have to repay the appropriate amount to the CICA from the later compensation.

Likewise, if you received criminal injury compensation from your employer first, the CICA may withhold or reduce any compensation they award – so that you are only compensated for your injuries once.

Funding an assault claim

After our personal injury lawyers have assessed your case, we can usually offer you a No Win, No Fee Agreement as a way of funding your claim.

In most cases, this funding option means you won’t pay us if we are unsuccessful. For successful claims, a portion of your compensation will go towards our legal costs, with the rest paid by the party you are claiming from.

Funding is always explained to you in full before any claim is started. And you can find out more about No Win, No Fee Agreements and other funding options here.

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