The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (‘CICA’) scheme exists to provide compensation to victims of crimes of violence in Great Britain. To mirror this scheme, and provide a similar scheme for members of the Armed Forces who are the victims of crimes of violence abroad, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Overseas (‘CICO’) Scheme has been set up and is administered by the Veterans Agency.

What is the time limit for applications for awards under the Criminal Injuries Schemes?

The strict time limit for applications, under both schemes, is 2 years from the incident (this can be extended in exceptional cases only) or the 20th birthday of the applicant if later. There are equally strict deadlines for applications for reconsiderations and appeals when the injured party does not wish to accept the decisions of the CICA/Veterans Agency.

An application under the CICO scheme must be counter-signed by your Commanding Officer, or in their absence, the Officer Commanding.

Under both schemes, lump sum awards are available, based on a tariff, for injuries sustained and, in serious injury cases, additional compensation in respect of losses of earnings/earning capacity and limited ‘special expenses’.

How can Gorvins help?

Our team of military personal injury solicitors at Gorvins have a wealth of experience in and has secured very substantial awards for applicants, under both schemes.

Gary Boyd, Head of Gorvins’ military personal injury department, is an acknowledged expert in the highly specialised field of military criminal injury claims, To discuss your case with Gary you can call us on 0161 930 5117 or fill in our online enquiry form and let us call you back to see how we can help.

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