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Criminal Injury Claims

When you are the victim of a crime and were injured as a result you may be able to claim compensation to help you recover and rebuild your life.

Most crime victims are left feeling violated and angry, often resulting in the suffering from not only the physical, but the psychological damage as well. Claims made to receive compensation for these types of injury are typically referred to as ‘criminal injury claims’.

Claiming Compensation for your Injury

There are many reasons why victims miss out on compensation for their injuries incurred during a crime.

Understandably, they can become so consumed by such an injury that they forget about their rights to compensation.

They may feel too alone or overwhelmed by what has happened to proceed or simply are too scared of the costs of solicitor fees or failing to claim successfully.

Taking the Stress out of Making your Claim

We understand that the distress and anxiety caused by a criminal injury may discourage you from wanting to have any further dealing with the violent and senseless event.

However, with our dedicated team of expert solicitors leading you through your criminal injury claim, you will get the compensation you deserve, without paying a penny unless you win your claim.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

We will do what we can to see you get the compensation you are entitled to from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

We wish to put you at ease by ensuring that you are fully informed about the process. We will help you understand your rights as a victim of a crime, whether you are eligible to make a criminal injury claim and what AWH Solicitors can do for you.

  • The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

    The CICA is a government organisation which administers a compensation scheme for innocent victims of violent crime in England, Scotland, and Wales.

    The CICA are able to pay out compensation ranging from £1,000 to £500,000. The sum you are awarded is dependent upon the severity of the injuries sustained as a result of the violent crime.

  • What will compensation cover?

    The compensation received from the CICA will be with consideration of a number of factors including:

    • The type and extent of your physical injury
    • Any consequential disabling mental injury as diagnosed by a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist
    • The type of criminal offence that caused the injury; such as sexual or physical abuse
    • A loss of earning or increased expenses as a result of the criminal injury
    • Damage to property

    You may also receive compensation if criminal injury caused the death of a close relative. Where you have made a criminal injury claim under these circumstances, you may also be compensated for any funeral costs.

  • Criteria to make a criminal injury claim

    According to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 a person must meet the following criteria to make a criminal injury claim:

    • The incident happened in England, Scotland, or Wales
    • Any injuries sustained meet the minimum compensation award of £1,000
    • The incident was reported to the police, where possible, within 48 hours
    • The injured party meets the nationality and residence requirements as further outlined below
    • The incident occurred within the last two years

    Please note; in cases of sexual abuse and assault the two year limit may be put aside.

    Further grounds for a claim:

    • You witnessed the crime happen to a loved one, or
    • A close relative died
  • Your nationality and residence

    You can make a criminal injury claim if your nationality or residence status meets the criteria at the time the crime occurred. You must be:

    • A British citizen, or close relative to, or
    • A national of the EU or EEA, or close relative of someone with this status, or
    • A member of the armed forces, or the spouse or close relative of, or
    • A potential victim of human trafficking on or before the date of your application – confirmation is required  by the UK Human Trafficking Centre and UK Visas and Immigration, or
    • An asylum seeker, or
    • A national of a member country of the Council of Europe Convention on the Compensation of Victim of Violent Crimes

    If you are unsure of your eligibility for a criminal injury claim, our team of personal injury lawyers are here to listen and to let you know what legal options are available to you and how we can help.

Why Choose AWH Solicitors

We are a team of dedicated and highly experienced personal injury solicitors approaching every case in a sensitive, secure, and thorough manner.

We take our time to understand what our clients have gone through and how we can best help and advice them, so that we can offer a tailor made solution to suit each individual.

Getting you the Compensation you Deserve

We are driven to deliver the compensation you deserve and working on a no-win-no-fee basis we hope to relieve the stress associated with financing your legal proceedings.

With AWH Solicitors, your well-being is our priority.

Get in touch with our team to discuss your case and whether you can make a criminal injury claim. We are ready to listen when you are ready to begin your journey to justice.

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Our Fees

AWH Solicitors supports clients with their personal injury claims on a no-win-no-fee basis. This means that as a client, you won’t put yourself at any financial risk.

If your case isn’t successful you don’t pay a penny, and if you do win, then you will keep all of the compensation awarded.

We promise our clients 100 percent compensation and no hidden costs for successful injury claims.

Full transparency at all times

We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.

Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.

No win no fee and legal expenses

Our no win no fee solicitors in Manchester regularly assess the prospects of winning your case at all stages of your claim.

If we are able to offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement for your claim, you will not have to pay our legal costs, however, if you lose your claim you may have to pay your opponent’s legal costs.

Legal expenses insurance, which is often provided with some motor insurance policies, can be used to pay your opponent’s legal fees. To protect you, we take out a legal expenses insurance policy for you when taking on your no win, no fee claim, if you do not already have a policy.

Disbursements for legal costs

If you win, your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs and disbursements.

Any legal costs which are not paid by your opponent may be deducted from your compensation. However, you will not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful and not until it has come to the end.


Please be aware that cost may differ depending on your personal circumstances.

Our Promise to You

  • Approachable and friendly solicitors

    We are committed to delivering a truly personal service that puts you and your wishes first. Our team will always be on hand to support you, regardless of the time or location.

  • Award-winning service across our fields of expertise

    Our high standards of service are applied consistently across all of our departments. Regardless of your enquiry, you can expect to receive the best legal advice delivered in a sympathetic manner.

  • Advice tailored to your needs

    We take the time to listen to your needs and offer guidance that is best suited to your current situation.

    There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to any area of law; every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.

  • Outstanding customer service and care

    Our reputation is largely built on the exceptional level of client care we continue to deliver.

    Every case is handled with the utmost level of respect and many of our clients have recommended us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.

  • Transparent on fees and processes

    Transparency is very important to us as we want you to feel confident in our services.

    We adhere to providing full transparency on fees, ensuring that you know exactly what you are paying for and keep you updated on the progress of your case along every step of the way.