The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) allows victims of violent crimes to recover damages for their injuries but not all victims are eligible to make claims to the CICS. In these cases there are often victims who find themselves unable to work as a result of the violent crime with no means of supporting themselves or their family. For those victims, who suffered a physical or mental injury in England or Wales after 27 November 2012 and cannot make a claim under the CICS, there is the Hardship Fund.
The Hardship Fund was established to help victims who have no other financial support i.e. if they are not in receipt of statutory sick pay. If you are unable to work for at least seven consecutive days as a result of the violent crime, the Hardship Fund will provide financial support after your fourth day of absence from work and for up to 28 days.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime and meet the above criteria you need to ensure that you report your injuries as soon as possible which is usually expected to be within 48 hours. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) also need to receive your application to the Hardship Fund within 8 weeks of the incident. If you are eligible to qualify but on the date of your application have any unspent criminal convictions which resulted in a custodial sentence or a community order, you may not be able to recover or may have your payment reduced unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our members of our Personal Injury department if you have any queries on this matter. You can phone 0191 565 3112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog by Hannah Boutflower, Trainee Solicitor