What conditions apply to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund?
The following conditions apply:
- The crime must have been reported to the police within 48 hours (unless the Commission finds there was good cause for a longer delay).
- The crime victim must have cooperated with the investigation and court proceedings against the defendant(s).
- The crime victim must not have caused the injury or been doing something illegal or dangerous at the time of the injury.
- The person filing the claim can not be criminally responsible for the crime, be an accomplice, or have contributed to the infliction of the injury.
- The person filing the claim cannot be an inmate.
- The crime victim must have a minimum $200 out-of-pocket medical expense and/or a loss of two continuous weeks of earnings or support.
- The compensation claim must be filed within 1 year of the crime or 1 year of the victim's death (although other time limits apply when a child is a victim of sexual abuse, or when a crime is discovered by a law enforcement agency where the injury was previously determined to be accidental, of unknown origin, or from natural causes).
- A deceased victim's immediate family member may file a claim in the victim's place.
- Expenses or losses that are covered by personal insurance or that can be paid by another source will not be covered.
- Compensation is limited to medical expenses, funeral costs, counseling, rehabilitation, and loss of earnings or loss of support resulting from an injury which is the direct result of a crime. Property loss is not covered.
Note: The Prosecuting Attorney does not represent the Crime Victim Services Commission. The Prosecuting Attorney cannot waive any requirement of the law or rules of the Commission.