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Deliberate poisoning is generally a targeted attack on someone, with the suspect attempting to inflict serious, life-threatening injuries on their victims.
Often, injuries sustained as a result poisoning can be very complicated and can result in respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal or neurological effects. In the most severe cases, toxic injuries can result in death.
One of the most recent and infamous cases occurred in March 2018. Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were deliberately poisoned in Salisbury, England with a Novichock nerve agent. A police officer, Det Sgt Nick Bailey, was also exposed to the remnants of the toxic agent at Skripal’s residence.
Despite the Skripals ending up in a critical condition and Det Sgt Bailey being taken into intensive care, all three were eventually discharged from hospital.
Unfortunately, in June 2018, seven miles from Salisbury, two British nationals were also poisoned by the same nerve agent. Charlie Rowley found a perfume bottle in a bin and gave it to a woman as a gift. The woman, Dawn Sturgess, fell ill within fifteen minutes and died nine days later.
Would I be eligible for a CICA claim for deliberate poisoning?
The initial condition that a CICA claim needs to fulfill is that a ‘Crime of Violence’ must have taken place. The CICA states that an act under their scheme will not constitute a ‘Crime of Violence’ unless it is done either intentionally or recklessly – it is therefore important that the poisoning has been deemed deliberate.
Other parameters for a CICA claim include time limits, full cooperation with the police, an applicant’s conduct and previous convictions. More information on this can be found via our guide here.
How much compensation would I be entitled to from the CICA?
This would depend on the injuries sustained. The CICA work from a tariff system which includes common injuries. The effects of poisoning can be wide-ranging with the most critical effects being on the lung, heart and brain function.
How long will a CICA claim take?
The CICA advises that they aim to take between 12-18 months to make an initial decision on a claim. However, this is entirely dependent on the severity of an individual’s injuries and the complexity of the claim.
While they attempt to stick to their guidelines, the length of claims can fluctuate as they assess them on a case-by-case basis – some will take longer than 18 months, some will take less than 12 months.
What will the CICA require from me during the claim?
Initially, the CICA will require a report from the police to detail what happened during the incident. They will request this directly from the police force involved in the claim and so an applicant will not have to do anything at this stage.
The CICA will request further information from an applicant with regards to the injuries they sustained as a result of the incident. These will be evidenced by medical reports and medical records that can be obtained directly from an applicant’s doctor. Obtaining these is as simple as handing over a form that the CICA provide to the doctor.
Why Choose Oakwood Solicitors to handle my claim?
Here at Oakwood Solicitors, we agree to work on your CICA claim on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay us a penny. If you are successful in your claim, we take a percentage of the compensation meaning that the only time we will receive money is if we have brought your claim to a fruitful conclusion.
You will have a dedicated advisor who will see your claim through from start to finish, assisting you in the event of any queries or issues you may have. If it is preferable to you, we are able to assign you one of our female advisors to carry out your claim.
Your case handler will also continue to provide regular updates until the conclusion of your claim, ensuring the process is as stress-free and effortless as possible.
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