Insult to injury: how the criminal injuries compensation system is failing victims of crime
Further flaws in the compensation system
In this report we have detailed three examples of the way in which the CICS fails victims of violent crime. We could have listed many more - such as the treatment of bereaved relatives of homicide victims. For claims on behalf of bereaved children we think it is grossly unfair that, if the deceased parent had a previous conviction, the child will be denied compensation. Or the fact that loss of earnings is only compensated if a person's injuries cause them to be off work for more than 28 weeks. Employees will receive statutory sick pay, but this rule causes considerable hardship for the self-employed or those in temporary employment.