Are You a Victim of Assault and Battery? Get Compensation in a Flash!
Most violent crime victims and their immediate family face high hospital, funeral, and other crime-related costs, and not everyone has enough money to cover them. Applying for crime victims compensation in your state might be the only solution for taking care of crime-related expenses as a victim of assault and battery. Compensation funds for violent crime victims are available in every state in the U.S., including Florida, California, and Kansas.
DoNotPay is here to help you apply for the appropriate crime victims compensation program in your state as effortlessly as possible!
A Word or Two About Crime Victims Compensation Programs
Are you dealing with high medical bills as a result of an assault? Getting restitution after suing the offender and using your other collateral sources—including insurance and worker’s compensation—will help you pay some of those costs.
If your collateral sources don’t cover all of the expenses, you should apply for your state’s crime victims compensation program. These programs are dedicated to providing financial assistance to eligible violent crime victims.
The highest compensable amounts vary from state to state and usually range from $10,000 to $100,000. Some states—such as Iowa—don’t impose the maximum on total expenses but only the benefit cap for individual costs.
Most CVC programs get funding from offender fines and federal grants (e.g., the Victims of Crime Act grant). Besides providing financial assistance to victims injured in a violent crime, crime victims compensation programs also cover the expenses of:
- Family members of homicide victims
- Dependents of victims (if the injured individuals can’t work due to crime-related trauma)
- People who got injured trying to:
- Prevent the crime
- Help the victim
- Help the police
- Individuals who witnessed the crime—also called secondary victims (usually children who witness domestic violence)
- Any person responsible for covering the funeral costs of a homicide victim
Do Only Victims of Assault and Battery Get Reimbursement?
Besides assault and battery, crime victims compensation programs in most states also cover the expenses caused by other crimes, including:
- Domestic violence
- Sexual abuse
- Traffic accidents caused by driving under the influence or reckless driving
- Child abuse
You should visit the website of your state’s CVC program to check if the crime you were a victim of qualifies for compensation.
Crime Victims Compensation Eligibility Requirements
Crime victims compensation programs in most states have similar eligibility requirements. As a victim of assault and battery, you should qualify for the program in your state if you:
- Suffered physical injuries or trauma as a cause of an assault
- Have reported the crime to the police within a certain time frame. Most states require victims to file a police report in the first 48 or 72 hours, but Washington victims have up to one year to do it
- Cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation as well as the prosecution
- Apply for crime victims compensation in your state within the time frame imposed by the program’s rules (usually within one to five years of the crime)
Your state’s program probably won’t grant reimbursement if you:
- Caused your own injuries
- Were an accomplice in the assault and battery that caused your injuries
- Refuse to cooperate with law enforcement
- Weren’t injured during the crime
While most programs have similar conditions, you should still contact the proper office in your state to check the rules.
Find Out Which Costs Most CVC Programs Cover
Victims of assault, battery, and other violent crimes who apply for crime victims compensation programs in their states should get reimbursement for the following costs:
- Medical treatments, examinations, and prescriptions
- Mental health counseling
- Eyeglasses, hearing aids, and other medical devices damaged during the crime
- Forensic exam for sexual assault victims
- Lost wages for victims who can’t go to work due to crime-related injuries
- Lost support for children and other dependents of homicide victims
- Funeral and burial or cremation expenses
- Relocation and emergency shelter costs (some programs)
- Travel for court proceedings or medical treatments (some programs)
- Attorney fees (some programs)
- Crime scene cleanup (some programs)
- Objects held as evidence (usually clothes)
None of the programs cover the costs for pain and suffering or lost, damaged, and stolen property.
Ways To Apply for Crime Victims Compensation
The common ways of applying for crime victims compensation in most states are:
- By completing an online compensation form
- In person
- Via mail
- By sending an email
- Via fax
These methods are usually time-consuming, especially if the website of your state’s program isn’t user-friendly. Would you like to save a lot of time and apply for crime victims compensation as a victim of assault and battery in less than five minutes? You should consider signing up for DoNotPay.
The following table shows why DoNotPay is the most convenient way to apply for the CVC program in your state:
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Apply for a CVC Program as a Victim of Assault and Battery Quickly With DoNotPay!
To file for your state’s CVC program quickly and stress-free, do the following:
- Log in to DoNotPay
- Open the Compensation for Crime Victims feature
- Answer our questions
- Verify your signature
We will send your application to the right office in your state and bring you one step closer to solving your crime-related financial issues. You can rely on DoNotPay whether you want to get reimbursement after an assault or apply for various crime victim compensation funds, including:
- 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
- Emergency funds for domestic violence victims
- Relocation funds for domestic violence victims
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