What Is The Crime Victims Compensation Fund/Program?
Are You Eligible For Compensation As A Crime Victim?
Crime victims in Pennsylvania have access to a Victims Compensation Assistance Program. This program provides funds to help victims recover from the difficult experience they have gone through. If you are a crime victim, you know the physical and emotional difficulties, not to mention the financial hardship, the criminal act and its aftermath can have.
The attorneys at Bellwoar Kelly, LLP can help you determine if you are eligible for reimbursement from the fund. We are happy to use our extensive legal experience to guide you regarding this matter. We know what you have been through, and you deserve compassion and respect.
Expenses You Can Claim Through The Program
The program does not reimburse all losses you suffered as a crime victim. For example, it does not pay for pain and suffering. You would need to pursue a civil lawsuit to recover that type of claim. It does, however, cover many other expenses, such as:
- Lost wages – If you could not return to work for a period of time after the crime, you may recover some of your lost earnings.
- Medical bills – This covers any medical treatment for injuries resulting from the crime, as well as the assistance you need for daily living because of the injuries.
- Mental health therapy – Your injuries may not only be physical in nature. You and your family may need counseling.
- Lost support from a family member – If you lost a family member to murder, you could receive compensation for financial support as well as funeral costs.
We can review your situation with you to determine if the Victims Compensation Assistance Program is available to you. You need a legal helping hand that is looking out for your best interests. We will take the time to explain how the system works and how it may help you.