Murder Compensation Claim Solicitors UK
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Most solicitors claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for fatal injuries are as a result of murder. As in all CICA cases there is no requirement for the perpetrator of the offence to be apprehended, prosecuted or convicted. All of the other CICA rules are applicable and in particular a solicitors application for compensation for murder or unlawful killing must be made within two years of death, the victims behaviour before, during and after the incident is considered as is the victims record of 'unspent' convictions.
Definition of Murder
The charge of murder is a common law offence and is charged as a result of an unlawful killing when the attacker intended to kill or intended to cause serious bodily harm. This offence carries a mandatory life sentence. A murderer will only be released if they are no longer deemed to be a risk to society.
CICA Awards For Murder
In cases of fatal injury the amounts payable by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority are different to those in a non fatal case and murder compensation claims may be summarised as follows :-
No sums are payable to the estate of the deceased except to the extent that the person administering the estate may have paid for the funeral expenses. The CICA will pay the reasonable costs for the funeral to the estate or to any other person who paid the funeral account.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will pay a fixed sum on death to a claimant (or claimants) and that sum is determined by reference to the tariff bands. This figure does not take account of any dependency claim which is a separate item (below) but is in line with payments on death in civil negligence personal injury claims (bereavement award). If there is a single claimant the amount is currently £11,000 and if more than one, the payment is £5,500 for each qualifying applicant. Only those who fall into the following categories are entitled to apply provided that they were not responsible for the death :-
Financial Support for Dependants
A dependent is entitled make an additional claim for financial support provided that the deceased was not in receipt of social security benefits. The amount paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is determined after consideration of the applicants and the deceased income, liabilities and expenses in accordance with the CICA regulations which clearly outline the relevant calculations for claims by dependent cohabitees and dependent children. The amounts payable to the victim and the qualifying claimant or claimants will not in total exceed £500,000.
Solicitors Legal Advice
Our lawyers are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts. Our solicitors offer free initial advice on CICA applications for a murder compensation claim and will review your potential claim and advise on its value. If the claim is refused or the award is inadequate, in appropriate cases, we will appeal the decision. For free advice on risk free no win no fee claims just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a solicitor will speak to you on the telephone without further obligation.
Any resident of the United Kingdom who has been affected by crime, whether as a victim or as a witness can call Victim Support for advice, help and assistance. Victim Support is a charity and its services are free and available to everyone, even if the crime has not been reported to the police and regardless of when the crime took place.
Victim Support helps more than a million people every year and they have branches staffed by knowledgeable and experienced volunteers throughout the United Kingdom. Victim Support is completely independent of the police or courts. It offers individuals an opportunity to speak confidentially with a trained volunteer regarding police and court procedures, criminal injury claims and applications for insurance payments. Victim Support can also connect you to other sources of information.
In order to reach Victim Support, you can phone them on 020 7735 9166. Their national headquarters is located at Cranmer House, 39 Brixton Road, London. If the crime has been reported to the police you can ask them to contact Victim Support on your behalf.
SOLICITORS HELPLINE 0845 644 4163