Assault victims are often left traumatised, which makes it difficult for them to talk about victimization. Moreover, it may cause ramifications on your mental and physical health.

This guide provides an insight about all the things you need to know about applying for compensation for assault.

I have included important information including FAQs, to help you understand your compensation for assault.

What qualifies as assault?

A violent unlawful attack could be categorized as assault. This may include sexual abuse.

Moreover, inflicting physical or emotional harm to a person could also be referred to as assault.

Can I make a compensation for criminal injury?

If you are a victim of assault, you can make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

However, you have to provide documentation to prove the crime. 

These include:

  • Date of when the assault occurred
  • Where the assault took place
  • What you were doing when the assault took place
  • Name of the doctor who treated you
  • Medical records
  • Crime reference number
  • The place where you reported the assault
  • Picture or video evidence (if any)
  • Witnesses at the time of the assault
  • Information about any applications you have made before
  • Name and address of your GP

In case your documentation is not complete, you may receive less amount of personal injury claims. Moreover, if you fail to provide authentic information you may be prosecuted. 

It is important that you are proved innocent and the incident was not your fault.

Does the assault compensation vary?

Assault compensation may depend on the severity.

On average may receive an estimated amount ranging from £1,000 to £500,000.

How do I apply for compensation for assault?

It is important to understand that the assault compensation is mainly verified through police reports. 

You need to hire a solicitor to help apply for compensation for assault.

There are a number of documentations you need to submit. After your case is verified your solicitor will help you apply for an assault compensation for you.

What type of assaults are there?

There are 4 main categories of assault. 

  1. Assault causing harm to the body

This is when there are visible injuries left on the body such as bruises or cuts. In this case, you could apply for a compensation claim for criminal injuries.

  1. Common Assault

This is when there are no visible signs of injury on your body. Personal injuries may be included in this type.

  1. Violent Assault

This is when the aggressor has caused severe harm to the victim. It may also be categorised as criminal assault.

  1. Sexual Assault 

This is when you have been sexually harassed. Moreover, any type of nonconsensual behaviour such as: grope, stalking, or rape could also fall under this category.

What type of assaults can I claim compensation for?

There are a number of assaults you can claim compensation for. 

I will list some down for you: 

  • Injury claims for sexual abuse
  • If you were mugged
  • Physical assault
  • Assault on children
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Weapon assault 
  • Criminal assault
  • Domestic assault
  • Assault at work
  • Assault at hospital

How much compensation will I receive for a severe stab?

For a penetrating stab, you may receive an estimated amount ranging between £5,000 to £9,500.

In this case, your solicitor may apply for a criminal injuries compensation.

What is the average compensation for assault?

Compensation for assault may depend on the severity

The minimum amount you can claim is £1,000. However, the personal injury compensation could go up to £500,000.

How much compensation can I claim for personal injury caused by assault?

The compensation claim can vary on the type of personal injury.

For a damaged cheek bone you may receive a compensation up to £13,000.

In case of a minor jaw fracture, your claim could range between £5,000 to £7,500. However, for a serious case your compensation could go up to £38,000.

If you have sustained a teeth injury, you might receive a claim up to £3,000. For more than one tooth damage your compensation may go up to £9,500.

Moreover, if you have suffered a minor arm fracture your compensation may range between £2,900 to £3,700. For a severe arm or wrist fracture your compensation could go up to £50,000.

Your solicitor could inform you about the exact criminal injury compensation you are entitled to.

How much compensation claim can I make for brain damage after assault?

Criminal compensation injury varies on the severity.

A minor brain damage compensation could range between £1,600 to £9,700. 

For a moderate case, your compensation may range between £32,700 to £167,000. However, it could range between £166,000 to £214,500.

However, if your case is more severe you could claim compensation between £214,500 to £307,000.

How much compensation claim can I make for a neck injury after assault?

Injury claims can vary in amount. 

The estimated payout or a minor neck injury could range between £3,000 to £6,000.

For a moderate injury, you could claim compensation between £6,000 to £29,000.

However, for ongoing severe neck injuries your payout could increase and range between £34,500 to £113,000.

How long does an assault compensation claim take?

It takes approximately 12-18 months.

However, it may vary depending on the complication of an individual case.

How much compensation can I get for psychiatric damage after assault?

For minor psychiatric damage your compensation could range between £1,170 to £4,900.

However, if you show moderate symptoms your compensation could start from £4,450 and go up to £45,840.

In case of severe psychiatric injuries, your compensation could range between £41,670 to 96,800.

How will an assault compensation be helpful?

You may receive a number of benefits after applying for compensation

These include:

  • Personal injury: compensation for bodily injuries
  • Damage to property: You can claim if your property was vandalized
  • Loss of income: If your assault hindered your ability to work you may receive compensation
  • Medical expenses: Payout for finance spent on medicines
  • Pain and suffering: This may include:mental, emotional, or physical suffering
  • Travel allowance: Expense incurred during traveling
  • Future risks: In case, your assault could lead to further psychological damage
  • Ongoing expenses: If you require more healing time you can claim for your injuries
  • Loss of earning: Payout for all the expenses incurred
  • Care cost: If your injuries require assistance
  • General damages: Payout for mental trauma or psychological therapy
  • Criminal injuries compensation

How much compensation can I get for back injury caused by assault?

For a minor back injury you could claim compensation between £6,000 to £21,000

In case of ongoing pain, your injury compensation amount could range between £9,500 to £21,000.

However, for severe side effects, your claim could increase and range between £29,000 to £122,000

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much compensation will I receive for sexual assault at work?

The compensation for assault could range between £11,000 to £44,000

However, the amount may increase depending on the severity of the sexual abuse.

Can I claim compensation if no one was caught?

Yes, you may receive compensation for assault in this case. 

However, you need to be proven innocent with no previous criminal records. Otherwise, you may not receive compensation.

What is the average payout for a leg injury after assault?

Your leg injury claim may vary on the type and severity of the injury.

The average payout for a leg injury may range between £6,900 to £103,000. 

However, if you have injured your knee, your compensation may increase and range between £103,000. 

In case of an injury to the ankle, your compensation may range between £10,400 to £53,000.

For a minor foot injury your compensation could range between £10,400 to £53,000.

Can I claim compensation for psychological injuries caused by assault?

Assault could lead to psychological injuries. 

For minor symptoms your injury claim could range between £1,200 to £4,000. However, your compensation may range between £4,000 to £41,700 for a severe case.

In case of long term psychological injuries, your compensation could range between £41,700 to £88,000.

How much compensation for assault can I claim causing PTSD?

Assault survivors could develop post traumatic stress disorder.

For minor PTSD symptoms your claim could range between £3,000 to £6,200. 

If you require long term treatment your injury claims could range between £6,200 to £45,500.

However, for permanent damage, your assault compensation may range between £45,500 to £76,500.

Can I sue for assault in the UK?

Yes, if you got injured through assault, you could sue the third party.

This may include: physical, mental, or sexual assault.

It is important to report to the police as soon as possible for the crime.

You may be able to help apply for an assault compensation later through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Conclusion

An assault is a heinous crime. If you have been a victim, I would suggest to try not to worry. As it may cause severe mental strain.

Read through this guide carefully to understand how much assault compensation you may receive.

However, it is important to understand that each case is different. Your solicitor will study your case and inform you how to apply for a criminal injuries compensation.

For more help, please feel free to contact us.

About the author

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a financial services expert, with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, including 6 years in FCA regulated companies. Read more
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