- broken fingers and wrists
- knee surgery
- post-traumatic epilepsy
- permanent speech impairment.
A spokesperson for the CICA said: ‘...where less serious injuries have been caused, we believe taxpayers’ money is better spent providing support and help rather than what are often small payments well after the crime has been committed.’
However, the changes also reduce the compensation available for loss of earnings, which was previously paid at the employee's salaried rate for the first 28 weeks following the incident, but will now be paid at a flat rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay. There will obviously be those victims whose injuries are not considered serious enough to qualify for a CICA award but which mean that they are unable to work and therefore suffer lost earnings. It is cases such as these where the victim will really lose out.