We have helped a man who was injured by nightclub bouncers recover compensation after the CICA initially rejected his claim.
A man who had been out for an evening with friends was the victim of a case of mistaken identity leading to him being injured by nightclub bouncers. The bouncers in the nightclub accused him of hassling other customers and with no warning set upon him. He was pushed and punched to the floor where he was then kicked and stamped on. He sustained serious injuries to his body and face. He also suffered an understandable psychological reaction to this savage attack.
The police were called but because the assault happened in an area of the club not covered by CCTV and the bouncers “closed ranks” the CPS declined to prosecute. He therefore submitted an application to the government’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme.
The CICA is a government scheme that compensates innocent victims of violent crimes. However, the CICA rejected his compensation application saying that in their view he had contributed to the assault. The CICA scheme contains a provision allowing the applicant’s conduct to be taken into consideration. The CICA rejected his claim on the basis he had provoked the attack, effectively saying it was his own fault that he'd been injured by nightclub bouncers.
He was understandably devastated by this allegation and asked us to help him apply to the CICA to review their decision in view of our experience in dealing with injuries in nightclubs, pubs and bars. Specialist lawyer Elizabeth Duncan listened to his explanation of what had occurred on the night of the attack and agreed to deal with his case on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Elizabeth gathered witness evidence from a number of people who had been in the club on the night in question who all supported our client's version of events that he had been the victim of a wholly unprovoked attack.
Happily, with this evidence, Elizabeth was able to successfully persuade the CICA to alter their stance and her client received the compensation he so deserved.
If you have been injured by nightclub bouncers and are looking for experienced lawyers to help you claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis then call our CICA Helpline for a free case assessment on 0808 139 1597 or send an email with brief details to firstname.lastname@example.org