Victims of Crime Lawyer in Columbus, Ohio
We Help Police Officers Who Are Victims of Crime
Ohio Revised Code 2743.51, et seq. provides for the Ohio Victims of Crime (VOC) program. Often, we find our police officer clients are eligible for victims of crime compensation when they have lost special duty earnings due to an industrial injury sustained in the course of their employment (such as making an arrest of a resisting suspect, being involved in a car crash in their cruiser while chasing a fleeing felon, or being shot by a suspect). Even when the officer does return to work, if the return is to "restricted duty," he or she is still precluded from working his or her extra job(s).
The crime victim program helps victims with certain out-of-pocket expenses that arise when they are physically injured, emotionally harmed, or killed because of a violent crime. The VOC program also applies to law enforcement officers who became victims of crimes, and the costs are paid from fines assessed in criminal cases.
Statutory Requirements for Victim Compensation in Ohio
If a police officer is the victim of a crime, an application for compensation may be filed at any time after the occurrence of the criminally injurious conduct.
The crime must be reported to a law enforcement agency, and the victim must cooperate with any request from law enforcement relating to the crime.
The victim and claimant must not have committed a criminal act that caused or contributed to the injuries.
Finally, the injured law enforcement victim must have incurred expenses that are not fully covered by certain other sources.
Not Eligible for Crime Victim Compensation
The following persons are ineligible for crime victim compensation:
- The offender, or an accomplice of the offender;
- A victim or claimant who has been convicted of a felony within ten (10) year prior to the crime that caused the injury, or during the pendency of the claim; and
- An adult victim who was injured while incarcerated and serving a sentence.
Examples Of Compensable Expenses for Victims of Crime
- Medical and related expenses, including hearing aids, eyeglasses, walkers or wheelchairs;
- Counseling for the victim and immediate family members of victims for specific crimes;
- Lost wages from being unable to work (including lost special duty earnings by police officers);
- Replacement services;
- Crime scene cleanup;
- Evidence replacement; and
- Funeral expenses.
Limits to Victim Compensation in Ohio
- Compensation cannot be provided for pain and suffering, or for stolen, damaged or lost property;
- Compensation cannot be provided for expenses payable by collateral sources (such as insurance, workers' compensation benefits, or restitution);
- The total award must be $50 or more before payment can be made; and
- The total award of compensation may not exceed $50,000.
Have more questions about your Ohio victim of a crime compensation claim? Call Zamora & Hogan Co., L.P.A.. He is a certified Columbus victim of crime attorney that is ready to fight for your right to be compensated!