Archive for the ‘Criminal Injury Claims’ Category

Restrictions In Payments To Criminal Injury Victims: Minor Injuries Criminal Record

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The new government policy to restrict payments for minor criminal injuries and to refuse payment to victims with a criminal record is nothing more than headline grabbing sensationalised news

Recent news about restrictions in payments to criminal injury victims is nothing new.

The criminal injuries compensation scheme in the UK already does not make payments for minor injuries worth less than £1000. In addition – the current scheme does not allow payment of compensation to victims who have a substantial criminal record.

The government has announced these reforms as a cost saving, but as they were primarily already in existence – what change is there??

If you are an innocent victim of a crime of violence, you will understand how your life can be transformed with life changing physical injury and crippling psychological disorders.

Should we really be talking about restricting payment of public monies to such innocent victims who have most likely worked hard all their lives and paid the very tax used to fund such schemes?

To see how the criminal injury scheme operates in the UK click criminal injury compensation claims.

Attack At School: Claim Compensation For School Negligence / Criminal Injuries

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

UK solicitor explains how to claim compensation if your child is attacked at school by another pupil

Parent of school accident victim question

My son was at school and is 11 years of age and he was attack by an older child aged 14 years. Is he entitled to claim compensation?

School accident solicitor response

As the child who assaulted your son is aged 15 years – he has criminal culpability or responsibility for his acts and as such the police should be involved.

If a crime of violence is confirmed by the police – a claim to the criminal injuries compensation authority can be made.

Unless negligence can be shown by the school it would be difficult to hold the school responsible for the assault. If the school was aware that the older child had attacked other pupils in the past and had not been properly disciplined or segregated him from more vulnerable younger pupils this could suggest liability.

In any event I do recommend the involvement of the police.

To see the procedure for claiming criminal injuries compensation click criminal injuries claim and to see the steps to claiming for an accident involving a child click child school accident claim.

Mental Scar Compensation Claim: Road Accident Work Industrial Injury PTSD

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

UK personal injury solicitor sets out how to claim compensation for a mental scar following accidents on the roads, at work, in industry or as a result of a crime of violence

A mental scar is another name for psychological injury, which can often happen after a traumatic event either an accident or criminal assault.

There are various different types of mental scar, but perhaps the most common is post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. This is a recognised disabling psychological condition, which can be lifelong if not treated by the correct type of therapy. 

Generally in the UK for a claim to be made for a psychological injury there must be a physical injury to tag the psychological injury onto.

For example, in a car accident claim if a vehicle driver or passenger is involved in a crash it is more likely the psychological injury will follow with physical injuries – the more severe the injury the more likely you are to have a psychological injury.

In other words a claim is more likely to succeed if the individual has suffered some other form of injury as well as the psychological injury.

It is still possible however to claim for purely psychological injury if a recognised disorder such as PTSD is officially diagnosed by an independent medical professional.

You should be aware that mental scarring or post traumatic stress disorder is quite frequently diagnosed incorrectly by GPs and other clinicians. For a true diagnosis of PTSD  – a psychological assessment is necessary with strict criteria and tests to be met before a disabling PTSD condition will not be diagnosed.

Click post traumatic stress disorder claim to see what you must experience in an accident before suffering from PTSD and click symptoms of post traumatic stress to see how your life must be affected following the accident for a correct diagnosed of PTSD.

There are of course many other forms of mental scaring or psychological injury an accident victim might suffer from including: attachment problems, chronic anxiety, travel phobia and clinical depression. With each psychological condition certain criteria must be met to allow a correct diagnosis of each type of mental scarring.

If diagnosed with mental scarring, such as post traumatic stress – the amount you can claim can be quite extensive and can run in to tens of thousands of pounds.

The types of accident which can cause long term or chronic mental scarring include severe motor bike accidents, high speed car collisions, work accidents in which the employee feels out of control of the situation such as large machine accidents in which the life of the worker is threatened by a powerful machine, industrial accidents such as in the mining industry where a cave in occurs.

Mental scarring is quite common in crimes of violence such as serious assault.

Should you wish to discuss a claim for psychological injury with me in person or to have your potential claim assessed online free of charge click mental scarring solicitor.