If you have been a victim of crime that has caused injury to you, you should file for victims compensation. Most of the people do not go to the court or file a lawsuit because they are not aware of their legal rights. In reality all the states and territories have a crime compensation program. The main purpose of this program is to help you get an amount that can compensate your loss due to that crime. This is the fine charged by the offender and this can even be more than what you deserve depending upon the crime, intention of the offender and capability of your lawyer.
Although laws and compensation amount differs from one state to another, there is a program that works in support of the victim everywhere. You can get more information about your state and the associated laws on Internet. You can also find out whether you are eligible for applying for the crime victim compensation or not. If eligible, download the application form and after duly filling the details, fax it or send it to the victim compensation program of your state via mail. You may require a copy of the police report as supportive document.
Apart from this, you may have to submit original medical bills, bills of counselors and funeral bill in case of death of the victim. It is advisable that you include a cover letter along with the application form of your claim. You should include that information in the cover letter for which there is no space in the application form. If you are unable to pay your bills, you can show them the copy of your claim application and they cannot legally harass you. It is always better to hire a lawyer so that he can help you through the entire process properly.
What We Believe In
Victims and witnesses have a right to protection from intimidation and harm.
Victims and witnesses have a right to be informed concerning the criminal justice process.
Victims and witnesses have a right to reparations.
Victims and witnesses have a right to preservation of property and employment.
Victims and witnesses have a right to due process in criminal court proceedings.
Victims and witnesses have a right to be treated with dignity and compassion.
Victims and witnesses have a right to counsel.