Right to Compensation for Riot Victims
By Hasnain Shah
If you are a property or business owner and have suffered damage because of the recent rioting, you may be able entitled to compensation. Even if you do not have the appropriate insurance cover, there are statutory protections in place to cover losses sustained because of the recent public disorder.
Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed compensation is available from the government under the Riot Damages Act 1886. Under the Act, individuals can make a claim for losses when property or contents are damaged, destroyed or stolen during rioting.
Although the initial deadline for such claims to be made is within 14 days of the incident occurring, the Prime Minster has agreed to an extension of 42 days for lodging your claim. However, it is imperative you seek legal advice and initiate your claim as soon as possible.
The application procedure can be started by individuals on their own; however, solicitors who are experienced with making claims through the Act and other related legislation can assist victims throughout the daunting process, maximizing chances of a successful application.
The Act however, does not cover personal injury. If you have suffered injury, the possibility of compensation is available through CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority). This is a government organisation, which provides compensation to innocent victims of crime. Prior to making an application, you should seek specialist legal advice and assistance.
To discuss a claim for damages during the riots, or for criminal injury, please call Contact Law on0800 1777 162 or fill out the web form.
Hasnain Shah is one of Contact Law’s most experienced and knowledgeable telephone advisors.
- Last Updated on 19/08/2011