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A man called Adam looks out of the window, illustrating our updated Adam's story about his criminal injuries compensation authority claim following a criminal attack

In 2019, we were contacted by Adam (name has been changed to protect identity) who had been deliberately struck by a car in a pedestrianised zone whilst on a night out with friends a few years earlier.

Adam had submitted a claim himself to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) who had made an offer of an award of £3,500 for scarring suffered from a piece of windscreen from the car that struck him.

In fact that piece of windscreen had become lodged in his skull and caused a brain injury which, when Adam contacted us in 2019, was still affecting his live. The reason for the low offer was that insufficient evidence had been submitted by Adam to the CICA for them to consider making an award in respect of his brain injury.

Adam was unable to return to the role he performed prior to this incident, meaning he had a decreased ability to work and earn the same salary – something that also not been considered by Adam when submitting initial evidence to support his claim.

We introduced Adam to Enable Law, one of our member firms who specialise in brain injury claims, and criminal injuries compensation claims.

They asked the CICA to review the case and submitted new evidence to support his claim for damages for his brain injury and decreased ability to work, and the award was increased by nearly £20,000.

However, Adam was suffering ongoing difficulties, in particular he continued to show cognitive weakness including memory loss. He also had personality changes and became dependent on others to support him. Evidence from his treating neurologists supported Adam’s claim that the brain injury was having a significant ongoing affect on his life and so Enable Law appealed the increased award to the Criminal Injuries First Tier Tribunal and were able to successfully settle Adam’s case for over £50,000 more than the CICA’s original offer.

Whilst no amount of money can make up for the harm Adam suffered and the changes this has made to his life, this money will help secure his future.

About the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

The Scheme is a Government funded scheme intended to compensation the innocent victims of violent crime. These types of claims are dealt with in a different way to, for example, if injury was suffered in a road traffic collision. A two year time limit exists in which to submit a claim and the maximum award recoverable from the CICA is £500,000.

How we can help

Whilst it is possible bring a claim for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme without legal representation, the above case study shows how important it is to submit the correct information and consider the impact the injuries have had on your life, including loss of earnings and future loss of earnings, which can be a complicated area to consider and present evidence on.

At any point during your claim to the CICA, it is possible to choose to instruct a solicitor who will be able to offer assistance to understand the scheme, present the right evidence or appeal an award.

To speak to a CICA specialist solicitor, email, call 0330 311 2541 or visit our website to find your closest Brain Injury Group member law firm.

This article was produced by Kieran Grainger and Enable Law

Kieran Grainer is a paralegal in the personal injury team at Brain Injury Group member firm Enable Law. Enable Law have offices in London, Southampton and throughout the South West.

Kieran assists clients who have suffered serious injury through road traffic accidents, accidents at work and as a result of criminal violence.

How can Brain Injury Group help?

If you have been injured as a result of a criminal incident and would like a free, no-obligation chat with a specialist solicitor, please email, telephone 0330 311 2541 or visit our website to access live chat.

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