Criminal Injury Compensation Claims Perth
If you have recently sustained injury as a victim of a crime or a close relative was killed as a result of a criminal offence, you may be eligible for compensation from the WA Government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Act provides monetary compensation if you suffer bodily injury, mental harm, a nervous shock, or pregnancy. It is important that you see your general practitioner immediately if you have been injured to discuss the injuries and their effects on your mental and physical health.
Compensation may be sought for an incident reported to the police whether a person has been charged, identified or convicted of the offence.
It is important to be aware that in most circumstances, there is a three-year time limit from the date of the offence on making a compensation claim. Once the three years time limit has passed, you may no longer be eligible for compensation. Exceptions apply if you or a family member was a victim of sexual harassment or abuse. Generally, a victim of sexual abuse or harassment may claim at any time subject to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Department and the Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA).
If the offender is charged with the offence and awaiting trial, you must wait until the trial has been finalised to lodge your claim. During this time, Templar Legal can built detailed submissions as to your damages and provide detailed legal advice in relation to compensation. In some circumstances, you may proceed with a claim immediately. Contact us on (08) 9388 6639 to discuss.
For more information, contact our office now for obligation-free advice on your eligibility to pursue a Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim.