What compensation is available to a victim of crime?
If you suffer injuries as a result of crime you may be entitled to compensation for medical and out of pocket expenses, including loss of earnings, which are incurred directly as a result of the crime. The crime must have been reported to the Gardaí. You should contact the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and ask for an application form.
If the case goes to court and if someone is found guilty of the offence it may be part of the judge’s direction that compensation is paid to you by the offender. If the person does not have any means to pay compensation, it is unlikely that such an order would be made by the judge.
Your insurance company should compensate you for losses of insured property, or damage to insured property, but you may have to pay an increased insurance charge as a result of your claim.
How do I contact the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal?
You can telephone the Tribunal on 01 661 0604. You can write to request an application form at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal, Second Floor, Montague Court, 7-11 Montague Street, Dublin 2 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal is available on the website of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform or via the link Scheme Of Compensation for Personal Injuries Criminally Inflicted,
Is there a time limit for making an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal?
Yes, the time limit is within three months of the criminal incident. If you did not know about this scheme within that time, you should contact the office and explain that you did not know.
Is there any compensation for vandalism to my car?
Your first recourse is through your insurance company. However, if the perpetrators can be made accountable by the courts, the Judge could order compensation to be paid to you as part/whole of the Judge’s Order.
I was involved in a collision caused by an uninsured driver. Is there any compensation for the cost of repairs to my car?
The Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland compensates innocent victims of accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles. See www.mibi.ie.