£92,388 awarded following CICA claim

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We acted for our client, Miss C, in an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority under the 2008 Scheme. We ran this application parallel with Miss C's civil claim against a local authority, for failing to protect her from abuse and neglect as a child. Regrettably Miss C's civil claim had to be withdrawn but we continued with her CICA claim.

Miss C had been abused by a number of different people at different points in her life. These were mainly family members. She had also been badly neglected as a child.

We made three separate applications to the CICA to reflect those periods of abuse. We also made a claim for loss of earnings linked to each application because of the problems she had had in her adult life getting into employment. We used the evidence that we had built up in her civil claim to support the applications.

Initially our applications were refused on the grounds that they were out of time. We applied for a review, and when we were refused again we appealed to the First Tier Tribunal, who granted the appeals for each application and sent us back to the CICA. The CICA then refused our applications on another ground, that our client had not co-operated with the police. Again we applied for a review and this time, in February 2013 the CICA made an award for our first application for just under £19,338 including a small element for loss of earnings. Our client decided to accept that award.

In November 2013, the CICA made another award, £22,600 for the "tariff" award to reflect what happened, and a further £32,550 for loss of earnings and £6,300 for therapy.

In June 2014, the First Tier Tribunal awarded Miss C a further £11,600, making a total recovery of £92,388 for our client.

Miss C has given her permission for us to use her case on our website.

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Malcolm is an Senior Associate in our London office, with nearly twenty years' experience.

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