Criminal injuries compensation is rewarded to the victims of violent crimes. The state can provide people with compensation if they have suffered physical, mental or emotional harm due to a criminal injury.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority receives applications for damages sustained due to violent offences and the defendant does not have to have been prosecuted or even identified.
Applications must have been made within two years of the crime in most cases, but if it was not reasonable for the claim to have been made beforehand, applications may still be submitted. Rewards can be also be reduced or refused in certain situations, such as the criminal record of the claimant, any failure to cooperate with the police or other authorities, delays in reporting the offence and behaviour before, during or after the event in which the claimant was injured.
You must have reported the incident to the police within 24 hours of it occurring and received some form of documented medical attention for injuries sustained in the crime.
Whitestone Solicitors can help you if you have been the victim of a violent crime. We can advise you on the best route to take for your criminal compensation claim with our team of specialist legal advisors and will give you expert recommendations on how to proceed in your case.