Legal help Problems a lawyer can help with Criminal Injuries Compensation One late Friday night Victor is walking home from the Clansman and is assaulted. Victor is left seriously injured. Jack hears the commotion and calls the police but on arrival the police are unable to find the attackers. Victor is taken to hospital but is unable to help the police as he didn’t see his attackers. After returning home Victor is still suffering from nightmares and has been unable to look after himself. Jack has been round every day to look after him. Due to his injuries, Victor has been unable to go to his part time job at Navid’s shop and to the Italian class both he and Jack attend at Glasgow University. One afternoon Isa comes round to visit and suggests that Victor apply for criminal injuries compensation because he has missed out on the class he has paid for and hasn’t been able to go to work. Isa explains that Criminal Injuries Compensation is where the government can award money to people who have been injured as a victim of a violent crime. If you have been a victim of a violent crime like Victor you could make a claim for Criminal Injuries Compensation by visiting www.gov.uk/claim-compensation-criminal-injury#before-you-start or by calling 0300 003 3601. Claims normally require to be made within 2 years but there are exceptions. Claims can still be made where there the attacker is not found or where there is no conviction. Sometimes it can be difficult to know if you have been a victim of a violent crime and it is important to know how to complete the application form correctly. Speaking to a family member or advocacy worker can help but if you are a young person and would like to speak to a solicitor please contact Clan Child Law for more information.