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Criminal injury and compensation claims

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.

Claims in the UK, France, Spain & Worldwide.

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:

  • physical injury;
  • mental injury;
  • sexual assault;
  • threat of violence;
  • sexual or physical abuse; and
  • murder or manslaughter.

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.

Call: +44 (0) 207 602 0305 ENQUIRE NOW

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.

Accident checklist
  1. Seek medical attention ASAP and keep a record of who you saw.
  2. Report the incident to the police immediately.
  3. Take photos of your injuries where appropriate.
  4. Obtain names and contact details of any witnesses.
  5. Keep all receipts for medical and related expenses.

Our track record of success

Our team has supported numerous victims of criminal acts to recover compensation for their injuries, and recent examples include:

  • Acting on behalf of a French traveller who was the victim of an assault while in the UK. His initial claim with the CICA was rejected, but we appealed the decision and were successful in securing fair compensation.
  • Acting for a British victim of an assault in France and pursuing a claim in the French Commission in charge of compensation for victims of criminal acts.
  • Representing a Romanian gentleman after he was assaulted in England and left with permanent neurological sequelae, and securing compensation within the CICA limits of £500,000.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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