Claims and Application

Victims of crime may be compensated for financial losses that are not covered by their own insurance, worker's compensation funds, Medicare, or restitution payments. Every claim that is filed is investigated to be sure it meets the necessary criteria.

Processing a claim takes time. The Victim Compensation Fund counts the time it takes to complete a claim from the time the claim is received until it is paid. Many crime victims measure the time from when the crime occurred until they are paid. Since victims have up to two years to file a claim, this sometimes creates a misunderstanding in just how long it takes to process the claim.

In order to process a claim, it must include the following:

         1.  Signed and notarized application
         2.  Copy of the law enforcement report
         3.  At least one itemized medical bill (all bills have to be itemized).

A funeral claim must include the following:

         1.  Signed and notarized application
         2.  Copy of the law enforcement report
         3.  Copy of the death certificate
         4.  The itemized funeral bill

Application Process

Applications are initially screened by an intake clerk to make sure applications are signed and notarized. Copies of itemized medical bills and a copy of the law enforcement report should also be attached to the application in order to continue the process and be assigned to a caseworker. Caseworkers conduct a thorough investigation to determine eligibility of the applicant.