Being a victim of a crime or witnessing a crime take place can be difficult to deal with. As a victim, you may have pain and discomfort. You may have medical bills and not able to return to work for a period of time.
It can be hard to complete your daily tasks without help until you recover. With some criminal injuries, a person doesn’t heal completely and that alters their quality of life forever.
Seeing a crime take place can be an emotional challenge. PTSD and nightmares can happen. It can cause you to feel anxious when you are around a crowd of people or out in public.
Small things can trigger reminders of that event. It can be difficult to share the details with those close to you. Paying for professional help can be expensive and you shouldn’t have to pay for it out of your pocket.
Talk to a Professional with the Laws
If you are the victim of a crime or you saw one take place, you may be able entitled to compensation in accordance with the law.
It depends on the details of the event, what you saw or the injuries from it, and other variables. The funds tend to come from Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, known as CICA.
It takes time to build such a case and to help victims receive such compensation. There is no charge to talk to a professional to see if they feel you have a case. The sooner they start to gather evidence and put the case together the better. If you wait to reach out to them, important details can be forgotten. It can be harder to find witnesses and get their statements.
The focus of such help is to ensure victims have a chance to get better. They need to focus on their physical and mental well-being after such an event takes place. The ability to get money to pay for resources, medical care, mental health professionals, and other needs can make a difference for their future.