Whilst serving in the Armed Forces, you may unfortunately become the victim of a crime. If you suffer a crime of violence whilst in the UK or its territories, you could be entitled to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Scheme 2001.
However, many service personnel suffer crimes of violence whilst deployed in other countries. Consequently the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) Scheme (CICO) enables you to receive compensation in the same way as you would have done if you suffered the crime in the UK or its territories. If you bring an application under the CICO scheme, it must be counter-signed by your Commanding Officer, or in their absence, the Officer Commanding.
The time limit for applications under both schemes is 2 years from the date of the incident. If an award is made under the scheme, compensation may be provided for personal injury and some financial losses.
At Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, we are experienced in assisting with criminal injury claims both at the initial claim and appeal stages. To discuss your claim free of charge with our award winning team contact us on 0800 124 4444 or start your claim now.
In addition to a legal claim for compensation you may be able to make a claim under the non fault Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) which covers all regular and reserve personnel whose injury, ill health or death was caused by service on or after the 6th April 2005.