Criminal Injuries Claim and Bereavement Award

Criminal Injuries Claim and Bereavement Award

If a close family member has died as a result of a violent death a claim for a Bereavement award and other compensation payments may be made.

Criminal Injuries Compensation - Fatal Accident Claims

The compensation is not paid by the person who caused the Crime but under a Government Scheme which has been set up to compensate victims of violence.  This is known as Criminal Injuries Compensation where payments can be made for injuries other than death.  Thus from relatively minor personal injuries to life changing injuries including fatalities compensation can be made.

Who Can Claim Criminal Injuries Compensation for Bereavement?

Under the scheme you must be a ‘qualifying member’ of the family to claim for criminal injuries for the violent death of a loved one.  In lay person’s terms this us usually the ‘next of kin’ of the person who has died.  However a former spouse may be able to claim under certain conditions and the scheme has been changed to included Civil Partnerships Act.  So generally it can be the following members of the deceased, subject to conditions

  • Spouse for former Spouse
  • Civil Partner
  • Children of the deceased

For more information on who can claim a bereavement award for Criminal Injuries due to a violent death please click on the link.

Posted: October 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm