Hatch Brenner Solicitors in Norwich has recovered damages for a client who suffered seriously life-altering injuries following an assault on a night out in Norwich. The Client’s personal injury claim was initially rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (“CICA”) however, nevertheless, the Hatch Brenner Personal Injury team were able to appeal this decision for the client.
The Claimant suffered fractures to the skull, bleeding on the brain and further loss in eyesight due to the assault in Norwich city centre. When presented, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority rejected the claim by reason of the Claimant’s own conduct on the night. There was, however, no evidence from witnesses or otherwise that the Claimant’s conduct could in any way be called into question.
On behalf of our Client, we appealed the decision of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and the matter was subsequently heard by a three-panel tribunal at a remote telephone hearing with the Claimant in attendance and Hatch Brenner Personal Injury Legal Executive, Pasha Alnadaf, advocating on their behalf.
Upon hearing the appeal, the tribunal preferred that of the Claimant’s case over the CICA case. The tribunal panel agreed that the CICA could not rely upon witness evidence in the absence of proper testimony. The Claimant was entitled to an award in full.
CICA claims by their very nature can be very exhaustive and a long process. This case demonstrates the importance of legal representation by suitably experienced lawyers in cases involving serious injuries or where there is a disagreement over the application of the CICA Scheme rules.
If you have been a victim of a serious assault, please contact our Personal Injury experts at Hatch Brenner Solicitors. Book your free consultation with Pasha Alnadaf at Hatch Brenner Solicitors via 01603 660811 or [email protected], drop into our Theatre Street office or visit www.hatchbrenner.co.uk.