A Guide to Applying for Crime Victims Compensation in WA

Compensation for Victims of Crime A Guide to Applying for Crime Victims Compensation in WA

A Guide to Applying for Crime Victims Compensation in WA

Have you or your loved one been a victim of a crime in Washington? Going through the trauma is bad enough—unexpected expenses can only make the situation worse. Learn how to apply for crime victims compensation in WA with DoNotPay. We will help you file a victims compensation claim in a few clicks and take the financial burden off your shoulders.

Washington State Crime Victims Compensation Program Explained

Washington State created the Crime Victims Compensation Program to help victims and their families deal with crime-related costs, such as medical or funeral expenses. The program covers the costs only if your other compensation and reimbursement options—insurance and restitution—don’t cover them. 

If you are a victim of a felony or gross misdemeanor, you can receive up to $190,000 from the WA compensation program, which is a substantial amount. In most states, victims usually get around $25,000 for their expenses. 

The following list shows the maximum compensation amounts depending on the type of costs covered:

  • Lost wages—60% of the victim’s wage
  • Benefits for victims:
    • Permanent 100% disability wage loss—up to $40,000
    • Temporary wage loss—up to $15,000
  • Benefits for families of homicide victims—up to $40,000 including burial expenses
  • Medical treatments—up to $150,000
  • Burial expenses—up to $6,620

The crime victims compensation money comes from perpetrators’ court fees and victim funds for violent crimes, such as:

Costs Covered by the Crime Victims Compensation Program in Washington State

The Crime Victims Compensation Program in Washington covers numerous crime-related expenses. The following table shows which costs are and aren’t covered by the program:

Washington State Crime Victims Compensation CoversWashington State Crime Victims Compensation Doesn’t Cover
  • Mental health treatment
  • Medical/dental benefits
  • Medication coverage
  • Funeral expenses
  • Grief counseling
  • Lost wages
  • Expenses not covered by insurance
  • Personal property crimes
  • Identity theft
  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Expenses covered by insurance

You can receive compensation for travel costs if:

  • You need to travel more than 15 miles from your home
  • There’s no other provider of the same service closer to you
  • Your claim manager preapproved the travel for:
    • Treatment for the crime-caused injury
    • An independent medical exam

Who’s Eligible To Receive Crime Victims Compensation in Washington?

Washington State Department of Labour & Industries grants nontaxable benefits to:

  1. Victims of assault, rape, domestic violence, drunk driving, or any other violent crime who suffered a crime-related physical injury or mental trauma in Washington State
  2. Child victims who apply through one of their parents or legal guardians 
  3. Family members of the deceased victims 

To get the benefits, you need to:

  • Report the crime to the police within one year of the crime 
  • Cooperate with the investigation
  • File a timely claim for the Crime Victims Compensation Program in Washington. You should apply for compensation within:
    • Two years of filing the police report
    • Five years of reporting the crime (in certain circumstance)
    • Two years of the 18th birthday if the victim was a minor at the time of the crime

Your claim will be denied if your injury happened:

  • Because of your own actions (e.g., participating in the injury-causing event)
  • While you were committing a felony
  • While you were in prison

You can file your Crime Victims Compensation Program claim in under five minutes with DoNotPay.

Learn How To Apply for Crime Victims Compensation in Washington With DoNotPay

Victims of violent crimes and their relatives suffer enormous physical and emotional distress. Since you already have a lot on your plate, dealing with unexpected costs should be the least of your worries. Crime victims compensation programs are there to make the situation easier for everyone. 

Applying for benefits on the Washington State Department of Labour & Industries website can be complicated. With DoNotPay, you won’t have to waste hours completing the forms. Our product can help you file a claim in a matter of minutes. 

To file your compensation claim in Washington, Alabama, Ohio, or any other state in a few clicks, follow these steps:

  1. Sign up for DoNotPay
  2. Pick the Compensation for Crime Victims feature
  3. Tell us whether you’re the direct victim or a claimant 
  4. Answer our questions regarding the crime and expenses
  5. Verify your signature

DoNotPay will complete and send the application automatically. We can assist you in filing a claim effortlessly in any state, including:

When Will Your Claim Be Processed?

You should be informed about the Crime Victims Compensation Board’s decision within a month of filing your claim. If you’d like to check the status of your application, you should call 800-762-3716. 

Has Washington State Denied Your Claim? Learn How To Appeal Its Decision

If you think that your application was wrongfully rejected, you can send a protest within 90 days of being informed about the outcome of your claim. Washington State Department of Labour & Industries will review the protest and inform you about the follow-up decision as soon as possible.

Should you disagree with them again, you can file an appeal to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.

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