Lawyers in the Midlands are calling on Government to overhaul the scheme which pays compensation to people injured as a result of crimes.
Simon Sharpe, the region's representative for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said the time was ripe for Government to address the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme's inadequacies and give crime victims the level of compensation they deserve.
He said: "We are obviously pleased that the Government has acknowledged the need to compensate victims of the London bombings so quickly, but this still leaves thousands of other crime victims who have been waiting years to receive their compensation. These people must not be pushed into a corner."
According to Mr Sharpe, the scheme - introduced in 1996 - is inflexible and unfair, and completely out of line with compensation awarded through the civil courts.
There is a £500,000 maximum award any victim can claim for death and injury, cost of care, and loss of earnings.
"Before the scheme was set up, someone who suffered a brain injury because of a violent crime could expect to receive around £2 million in compensation," Mr Sharpe said.
"Yet today, someone who suffers exactly the same injury, in exactly the same circumstances, will be awarded only a quarter of that amount through the criminal injuries scheme.
"This money is awarded to restore some quality of life to someone injured through no fault of their own; to pay for any care they may need on a day to day basis; to help them try to regain normality. Yet the scheme leaves many under-compensated with little chance of getting their lives back."
He believes the system was too formulaic when calculating compensation, and too slow to pay out.
He said: "It is a good idea to compensate the victims of violent crimes, but if you break a leg you get a specific amount, regardless of how it affects your life.
The civil courts will decide on an appropriate amount on the basis of how an injury has affected the victim. It's quite worrying that there is no flexibility.
"It is also a slow and cumbersome process. I have had cases where the CICS has said 'We have written to everybody for information but not taking further steps for 26 weeks when we have had all that information in. If we haven't had it by then we will check it again in another 26 weeks'.
"The CICS gathers its own information and often won't tell you what information it has had, which makes it difficult to advise clients."
APIL believes the scheme's tariff bands should at least be assessed annually so that awards are kept in line with inflation, and also wants to see the £500,000 'maximum cap' on payments abolished.
Mr Sharpe said: "It's a lot of money, but it's not enough for someone who has been seriously injured to rebuild their life. For those who will need lifelong care the cap is far too low."
Martine Wright, who lost both her legs in the July 7 terrorist attacks, is campaigning for adequate compensation for victims of the London bombings.
She is also urging the Government to scrap the compensation limit of £500,000, and wants it to set up a specific terrorist fund for victims. She said: "We live in a different world now because terrorism is a big part of our lives. Something needs to change.
The Government needs to come up with some sort of fund or new policies to deal with that."
Under the current system the 33-year-old international marketing manager, who is now completely reliant on a carer, would be entitled to only £55,000 for each of the limbs she lost.