How Does Crime Victims Compensation Work in Pennsylvania?

Last updated on October 4, 2022

As a victim of a crime, you have probably gone through physical and mental anguish. Perhaps you had to stay home from work to recuperate from an injury or you received counseling to deal with the trauma you endured. You may have even lost a loved one. All of these involve financial costs. The state of Pennsylvania recognizes this loss and has a program known as the Victims Compensation Assistance Program to reimburse people in situations similar to yours.

The program for reimbursement is not simple, and you may need help figuring out if you qualify for help. The attorneys at Bellwoar Kelly, LLP are here to guide you through this process. We understand how the compensation system works and will work to make sure you receive everything to which you are entitled as a victim of crime.

Navigating The Compensation Process

You must meet certain criteria to qualify for reimbursement from the fund. You also have certain time limits you must meet, so you should act quickly. Requirements include:

  • You reported the crime within three days
  • The crime happened in Pennsylvania
  • You cooperated with the police and courts
  • You were not involved in any illegal activity that led up to the crime
  • Your claim is worth at least $100
  • You filed your claim within two years of the crime

Your first step is to fill out a claim form with the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services. We can help you do that or your local Victim Service Program can help you. The fund does not reimburse people for pain and suffering or replace stolen property. If you are interested in pursuing those types of damages, we can help you bring a civil lawsuit.

Discuss Your Claim With Us

We offer free initial consultations in our three Chester County area locations. Schedule an appointment to discuss how we can help you with your claim by calling 610-314-7066 or filling out our online form.