If you have been assaulted at work, you have options to follow to gain the compensation you deserve. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government body established to support victims of violent crime.
Truth Legal are here for you, supporting you the entire way through a CICA criminal injury claim to gain the compensation you deserve after suffering an assault at work.
Truth Legal has helped many people to obtain the compensation they deserve after an assault at work. We understand that it can feel like a big step, but claiming compensation can be a great help in taking back control of your life.
An assault at work generally allows for two different options when seeking compensation:
- Claiming from your employer
- Making a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
A note on your options
There is nothing to stop you from pursuing both a claim against your employer and a CICA assault at work claim if you wish. However, you will not be compensated twice for the same loss.
If you recover injury compensation from CICA, and later receive compensation through a claim against your employer, you will have to repay CICA the appropriate amount. Likewise, if these events happen in the opposite order, CICA may withhold or reduce any compensation they award, depending on any pay out you have already received from your Personal Injury claim.
Making a CICA Assault at Work claim
It may be that your employer cannot be held responsible for your injuries, or you would prefer not to claim against them. Another option open to people who have been injured through an assault at work is to claim compensation from CICA.
To make a claim to CICA for an assault at work, you must have suffered a physical or psychological injury as a direct result of violent crime. This can also include some situations in which if you were injured whilst trying help the police or prevent a crime from happening.
For these purposes, ‘violent crime’ covers:
- Physical attacks
- Sexual assault
- Other violent behaviour which causes physical injury
- Threats which cause fear of immediate violence
There are also some additional requirements to be able to claim. The main ones are:
- You must have reported the assault to the police as soon as you reasonably could.
- You must have co-operated with the police in bringing the attacker to justice, as far as reasonably possible.
- You must make your claim to CICA within 2 years of the incident in which you suffered your injury.
- The incident took place in England, Scotland, or Wales.
However, the person committing the violent crime does not need to have been caught or prosecuted for you to be able to make a CICA claim.
For a more detailed look at CICA claims procedure, read our blog: The CICA Claims Process – How Does It Work?
No Win, No Fee CICA Assault at Work claims
If the thought of legal costs is holding you back, you don’t have to worry. Truth Legal can act for you under a No Win, No Fee Agreement, which normally means you will only pay our legal fees if we successfully recover compensation for you. This all but removes the risk of paying fees if your claim is unsuccessful. With a successful claim, some of your compensation will be used to pay our legal fees.
The full details of how No Win, No Fee Agreements work will always be made clear to you before you begin your claim, and we are happy to answer any questions about funding you may have.
Why Truth Legal?
At Truth Legal, we are specialists in personal injury claims, and our solicitors have extensive experience in conducting injury claims following an assault at work. We are committed to providing a high-quality legal service to all of our clients.
There is no requirement to instruct legal representatives when making a CICA claim. However, there are good reasons why you may want the assistance of our expert solicitors:
Technical knowledge and skill
Ensuring your claim is handled efficiently and correctly. Our team of specialist Personal Injury lawyers will support you with expert understanding of the law and how it applies to your situation.
Support and compassion
With Truth Legal, you gain some separation from the demands of the claim, whilst still claiming the compensation you deserve. We are always on hand to answer any questions and explain in plain terms.
Advice and representation
Acting for you and protecting your legal rights throughout the claim. We take care of the legal aspects for you, so you don’t have to navigate the CICA system. Truth Legal will be with you every step of the way.