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Criminal Injuries

Criminal Injuries Compensation

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 2003 provides for the payment of compensation to victims of offences committed after 22 January 1971 in some circumstances, and for related matters.

If you have been assaulted, then you may have a claim for compensation against the perpetrator.

The amount of compensation that you receive for a successful claim will depend on the extent of your injuries and losses you have suffered. The maximum compensation that may be awarded also depends on the date of the offence:

On or after 1 January 2004 -$75,000

Between 1 July 1991 and 31 December 2003 -$50,000

Between 1 January 1986 and 30 June 1991 – $20,000

Between 1 January 1983 and 31 December 1985  – $15,000

Between 18 October 1976 and 31 December 1982  – $7,500

Between 22 January 1971 and 17 October 1976  –  $2,000

How we can help with your criminal injuries Claim:

  • Obtaining your medical and Police records – this is essential to start your claim;
  • Completing and lodging your Application Form;
  • Arranging medical reviews and reports to be submitted with your application;
  • Providing the Criminal Injuries Assessor with detailed submissions to ensure you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.

We also do appeals from Assessor’s decisions. Criminal injury Assessors don’t always get it right, and we have made successful appeals to the District Court against decisions to increase the amount of compensation.

One of Dan’s successful appeals was Zadeh [2015] WADC 136, our client was awarded compensation in the sum of $4,772 by the Assessor. Dan appealed and the Assessor’s award was increased to $73,828.