While international travel affords a sense of adventure, it is also not without risks and travellers can find themselves as a victim of crimes such as a mugging, kidnapping, sexual assault, public unrest and even terrorism.
Many countries operate schemes which provide compensation for injuries which occur to innocent victims of violent crime, and our solicitors are experienced in these cases – particularly in the UK and France.
Injuries from violent crime in Great Britain
In Great Britain, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a government funded scheme that awards compensation of up to £500,000 for physical and mental injury caused by a violent crime. To be eligible to receive CICA compensation it is essential that the crime has been reported to the British police, though it is not a requirement that your attacker has been identified or convicted of the offence.
For the purposes of the CICA scheme, violent crime includes:
There are no age limits, so a claim for a child can be made by anyone with parental responsibility.
Injuries from violent crime in France and/ or against a French citizen
In France, compensation is available to anyone injured as a result of a crime or a terrorist attack committed in France, and to any French national who is the victim of a crime anywhere in the world. A compensation claim can be made in the Commission d’Indemnisation des Victimes d’Infractions.
Injuries from violent crime in other countries
Criminal injury compensation is also available in other countries and we can look into the options when we understand your particular circumstances.
We offer a free initial consultation.
We will tell you if we think you have a good case and if we can help you.
We will not use your information for any other purpose.
Our team has supported numerous victims of criminal acts to recover compensation for their injuries, and recent examples include:
Criminal injury compensation in Great Britain:
We will make an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on your behalf. We can also help with reviews of CICA decisions and appeals. Our multilingual lawyers are highly experienced in helping eligible foreign nationals to recover CICA compensation and are able to communicate in French and Spanish.
Criminal injury compensation in France:
We employ bilingual and dual qualified lawyers and have particularly strong links with France where we are able to assist with criminal injury compensation claims.
French criminal injury claims are pursued in the Commission d’Indemnisation des Victimes d’Infractions. It is open to anyone injured as a result of a crime or terrorist attack in France; and to any French national victim of a crime anywhere in the world.
Criminal injury compensation worldwide:
Our multilingual lawyers are experts in claiming compensation for accidents around the world, and will be happy to consider your case and advise on the potential success of a criminal injury claim.
We will explain your options at the outset in regard to legal fees. If you have a good case, we can work on a no win, no fee basis. This means you do not have to pay anything up front and your claim will not cost you anything if you lose.
Unfortunately, legal costs are not recoverable under the CICA scheme in Great Britain.
Criminal injuries compensation in Great Britain is calculated in accordance with a fixed tariff of injuries which is designed to reflect the seriousness of the injury you have suffered.
Additional compensation can be recovered for financial losses and expenses, such as lost earnings, medical fees, adaptations to your home and any special equipment you will need.
We will be able to give you some idea of the likely award before you decide whether to pursue the application for CICA compensation.
Awards of criminal injury compensation abroad follow similar principles and we can offer specific guidance on a case-by-case basis.