Where a Claimant incurs loss of earnings as a result of the assault and subsequent injuries, they can only claim loss of earnings once that exceeds 28 weeks. So, if the Claimant is not absent for more than six months, they will receive nothing. Even after the first 28 weeks proof must be put forward as to work history and absence. A Claimant will then only receive statutory sick pay, so if you thought you would recover your full loss of earnings, sadly think again.
It all sounds a bit grim and often leaves innocent victims of violent crimes feeling let down, disappointed, and abandoned by the system, with serious injuries being minimalised.
However, being optimistic without this Scheme victims would often be left with nothing at all to compensate for their injuries. To put it bluntly it is better than nothing.
Claimants can submit a claim themselves by completing an online claim form on the CICA website. However, a review by the Ministry of Justice in 2020 found the tariff system complex and likely to put off Claimants from claiming as they did not understand it and couldn’t work out whether they would be entitled to compensation. They also decided that the scheme was not fit for purpose and required systemic changes.
Solicitors can be instructed but there is no funding from the Authority for legal costs. TBI law often act for Claimants on a no win no fee basis in these matters. If the claim fails then no charge is made to the Claimant and only if the claim succeeds does the Claimant agree to pay 25% of their damages to cover the costs of running the claim, which is often lengthy given the excessive work load of the CICA.
Is it better than nothing? I think that is best left to the Claimants themselves to decide.