Victim Of Crime
You may be able to make a claim for compensation if you have been the victim of an offence (or an alleged offence) and were injured and/or experienced a financial loss because of the injury or you are a close relative to a person killed as a result of an offence and you suffer loss.
Are You Eligible To Make A Criminal Compensation Claim?
If you have been the victim of a crime, whilst at work or otherwise, and you were injured you may be entitled to make a Criminal Injuries Compensation claim, however, if you have been the victim of a crime while at work you should follow the procedure following a work injury, and report the matter to the police, first.
The reason for this is that you should be covered by workers compensation insurance and if your claim is accepted you get any weekly payments and medical expenses you are entitled to in a relatively short period of time, unlike criminal injuries compensation.
What Compensation Can You Get?
You may be entitled to claim for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and compensation for medical expenses and loss of income.
You may also be able to claim for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, travel and the loss of personal items such as clothing.
Maximum Amount Of Compensation
The maximum amount of compensation payable to victims of an offence after January 2004 is $75,000, however, the amount you can receive will depend on your injuries and any losses you have suffered.
You generally have three (3) years from the date of the offence to make an application for criminal compensation and you normally wouldn’t make it earlier unless you have recovered as much as possible.
Do You Have To Have A Lawyer?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Department of the Attorney General has plenty of information and you are able to call them and they might help you through it all.
Should You Use A Lawyer?
Although you can make an application for criminal compensation yourself why would you, the risk of getting it wrong, and not receiving the compensation you deserve, could have a significant impact on your family and finances.
Besides, if we believe you have a valid claim, and it would be in your best interests if we could assist you, we can offer our No Win No Fee Solution*.
To find out whether you are eligible for our No Win No Fee Solution* for criminal compensation claims you can call our office on (08) 6143 5200 or make a FREE Appointment Online Here.