What you can/cannot apply for

Criminal injuries claims cover a wide range of injuries. The minimum payment for a single injury is £1,000 and the maximum payment for a single injury is £250,000. A claim can not usually be made for a single ‘less serious’ injury, such as a graze or small bruise. However, if you have suffered at least three ‘less serious’ injuries, such as cuts, a black eye, or severe bruising you could be eligible for an award for ‘multiple minor injuries’.

You can not claim for mental trauma alone (i.e. where there was no physical injury).

In certain circumstances you may also be entitled to additional payments for loss of earnings, if for example, you are unable to work for more than 28 weeks. CICA can also award special expenses, such as help with care costs.