Murder Compensation Claims

Compensation Claims for a Murdered Relative

Murder Compensation Claims

There is nothing more emotive than losing a loved one due to a criminal act such as murder.  The devastation can only be imagined by those not affected. Even perhaps more hurtful is if the murder is by a family member, husband or wife, for instance, or the murder of a child.

The unthinkable regrettably does happen, but what can the family victims left behind do? This short blog looks at the compensation elements to help family members left behind cope with the financial pressures of losing a relative.

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Criminal Injuries Compensation for Murder

The death of a loved one due to a murder or manslaughter charge may result in a claim for compensation against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority CICA.

The CICA is set up by the Government to help victims of crime by making a compensation award to certain family members who have been affected by the death of a loved one.

The compensation award is similar in a certain respect to a normal claim for fatal accident compensation claims in the civil courts. The CICA have a tariff of compensation awards which includes murder claims, and thus a bereavement award and dependency claim can be made.

Compensation Can Help Given the Circumstances

Nobody is ever suggesting that a lump sum compensation award for a fatal injury claim on a charge of murder or manslaughter can replace the loss of a relative. But compensation for a murdered relative may help those family members left behind, particularly if there are young children or the breadwinner has lost his or her life due to a crime.

The compensation may help towards child care, education and protect their future. Family members struggling to make ends meet will find it easier to cope with the everyday life and bills that keep on coming in. The loss of a loved one due to a crime, the criminal act does not stop bills.

Affected family members, even if they were working at the time, may not be able to come with returning to work for a long period of time or at all.  Again this can result in a loss of income, or if children have to be looked after, the working parent may not be able to return.

Whatever the circumstances, compensation for the murder of a relative due to a crime may be payable even if the perpetrator is known to the victim.

Compensation for Murder

Criminal injury compensation is payable. If you are looking for compensation for a murdered parent or relative, please contact us for help and advice.

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Posted: July 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm