Crime Victims Compensation

Can I get compensation if injured because of a crime? Yes. You are entitled to crime victim’s compensation and you may be also able to obtain compensation from a personal injury lawsuit.

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How to Obtain Compensation When You Are a Crime Victim

Crime victims can obtain compensation by filing a claim with the New York State Office of Victim Services.

You may also be able to obtain compensation from a personal injury lawsuit. However, a personal injury lawyer has to find insurance coverage or the perpetrator of a crime must have has assets, money, or a good job, to obtain compensation through a lawsuit.

See examples below of when you may be able to obtain compensation from a personal injury lawsuit.

What Will New York State Victim Services Do For Me?

The New York Office of Victim Services may be able to help you with

  • Medical bills
  • Counseling expenses
  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Lost wages; and
  • Other types of assistance.

The agency also funds a network of victim service providers across New York State.

When Can’t I Get Money From a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Crime?

An example of the type of crime where a civil lawsuit would probably not be successful in obtaining compensation from the perpetrator is when a person is walking down the street and is punched by a homeless person, mugged, or robbed.

When Can I Get Money From a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Crime?

A personal injury lawsuit may be successful in obtaining substantial compensation for many other types of crimes. Some examples where personal injury lawsuits may be successful are:

  • Sexual assault of a child by an employee of a company or organization.
  • Sexual assault of an employee or customer by an employee of a company or organization.
  • A victim of a violent crime where there was inadequate security.
  • A bar or restaurant may be liable for serving too much alcohol where someone was assaulted by a drunk customer or employee.
  • A bar or restaurant may be liable for serving too much alcohol where someone was injured in a car accident by a drunk customer or employee.
  • College or university students who have been sexually assaulted may have a Title IX case against the college or university.
  • Vehicular assault or manslaughter: Hit & Run, DUI / DWI / DWAI, Reckless Driving, drag racing, or a stolen car. We sued the parents of a kid who was drag racing for $500 million in punitive damages.

Who Pays the Medical Bills When a Person Is Injured by a Criminal?

Possible sources of payment for medical bills when injured in a crime:

  • Private health insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • No-Fault insurance if a motor vehicle was involved
  • New York State Office of Victim Services

When You Cannot Have a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Private health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid and you can file a claim with the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Can You Get Medicaid After Your Are injured in a Crime?

Yes. You can apply for Medicaid retroactively going back 90 days.

How Can I Apply for Medicaid?

If you do not have yet have Medicaid, you can go to your hospital and ask if they can help you. Many hospitals have an office that will help you apply for Medicaid.

You can also see how to apply for Medicaid and if you qualify for Medicaid.

When You Can Have a Personal Injury Lawsuit

If a company or corporation can be sued, the company may have insurance to pay for medical bills. Also, private health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid and you can file a claim with the New York State Office of Victim Services.

When a Crime Involves a Motor Vehicle

New York State No-Fault insurance will pay your medical bills if you are injured because of a vehicular crime. If a motor vehicle was involved No-Fault insurance is the first insurance that must pay. You can only use private health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid after No-Fault insurance has denied paying.

You can also file a claim with the New York State Office of Victim Services for non-medical compensation.

If you have been injured or know someone who was killed because of a violent crime and you think there was a company or organization which was negligent, call the HURT911® Personal Injury Dream Team right now 7 days/nights for a free consultation with no obligation at 1-800-HURT-911 >> 1-800-487-8911

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