Jul 28

Compensation for Criminal Injury

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Compensation for Criminal Injury

Since 1964, more than £3 Billion has been awarded in compensations for injuries sustained by victims of criminal activities. These crimes include:

  • Assault.
  • Murder.
  • Rape and sexual abuse.
  • And rare cases of psychological injury resulting from witnessing an attack on someone else.

Generally Compensation for Criminal Injury is awarded for bodily harm that can be categorised as:

  • Common Assault: A crime that has caused only minor harm.
  • Actual bodily harm: Where a crime has resulted in a certain degree of bodily harm.
  • Grievous Bodily Harm: Where the harm resulting from a crime is more severe.(GBH)

GBH can result in :

  • Any permanent or serious disfiguring of the person.
  • Damage of a foetus.
  • Contracting a dangerous bodily disease (such as HIV).

The court determines whether an injury is GBH and results vary from case to case.

Some injuries that have been ruled as GBH by the court in the past are:

  • Brain damage.
  • Jaw and skull fractures, including facial fractures.
  • Infecting someone with HIV.
  • Severe cuts that require surgery.
  • Causing  the death of a foetus.
  • Severe psychiatric injury.

Filing for Compensation for a Criminal Injury is a complicated process; it is advisable to get in touch with experts in the field. Walker Wise Solicitors is an organisation with more than a decade of experience in Criminal Injury Cases. Contact us right away by phone on 01254 300 966 or email enquiries@walkerwise.co.uk.