7 Common mistakes to avoid when making a Criminal Injuries Claim(CICA)

Making a claim for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) can be a complex process, and there are many potential pitfalls that victims should be aware of.

By avoiding these common mistakes, victims can improve their chances of a successful claim and a fair compensation award.

Failing to report the crime to the police

In order to be eligible for compensation, victims must report the crime to the police as soon as reasonably possible.

Failing to do so can make it more difficult to provide supporting evidence for the claim and can even result in a denial of the claim.

Missing the application deadline

Victims must make their application for compensation to the CICA within two years of the incident.

Missing this deadline can result in a denial of the claim, so it’s important to submit the application as soon as possible.

This deadline can be extended under some circumstances.

Providing incomplete or inaccurate information

It’s important to provide complete and accurate information on the application form, including all details about the incident and the victim’s injuries or losses.

Incomplete or inaccurate information can lead to delays in the processing of the claim or even a denial of the claim.

Failing to provide supporting evidence

Victims must provide supporting evidence to back up their claim, such as medical reports or police reports.

Failing to provide sufficient evidence can result in a denial of the claim or a delay in the processing of the claim.

Delaying seeking medical treatment

Victims should seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the incident, even if they do not feel injured.

Delaying medical treatment can make it more difficult to provide evidence of the injuries and can weaken the claim for compensation.

Ignoring eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for compensation, victims must meet certain criteria, such as reporting the crime to the police and making the application for compensation within two years of the incident.

Ignoring these criteria can result in a denial of the claim.

Failing to seek legal advice

The process of making a claim for compensation can be complex and time-consuming, and it may be necessary to seek legal advice to ensure that the claim is successful.

Failing to seek legal advice can result in a lower compensation award or a denial of the claim.

Summary

In summary, by avoiding these common mistakes, victims can improve their chances of a successful claim for CICA compensation.

It’s important to seek legal advice if there are any questions or concerns during the application process.

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