More often than not, people don’t know all the legal help and compensations available at their disposal. The Crime Victims Compensation Fund in states like Pennsylvania happens to be one of those underutilized source of monetary support, which crime victims don’t really know about.
As a matter of fact, you, may be even shocked to know that the Pennsylvania funds cover everything right from loss of earnings, medical expenses, money stolen or defrauded from individuals, funeral expenses down to loss of support, relocation expenses, crime-scene clean up, counseling expenses, and childcare as well as other miscellaneous home health care expenses
The Pennsylvania Crime Victims Compensation Act came into effect as an official law, in the year 1976. It stated that these funds will comprise of fines and penalties paid by criminal convicted of relevant criminal charges, and nothing out of the general tax revenues of the state will be used as the source of these funds. It was a major step taken to help the needy people, though many of them are still unaware of this act.
One can claim for these compensations, provided they report the crime within 48hours, and allow the investigations to take place. Once everything is done, the settlements are usually done within 2-3months, while the complex cases even take about 6months to 1year.
The amount paid as a part of these compensations may reduce substantially, depending upon other insurance claims and medical reimbursements claimed by the victim. These claims can not be made once the margin of 2years is crossed, though there are special cases for child claims.
Therefore, it is always advisable to hire an experienced attorney to help you claim for these compensations, and get the settlement done faster. You can even take the services of contingency basis lawyers, meaning that the fees of the lawyers will be deducted from the claimed amount, and you’ll not have to pay even a single penny out of your own pocket. Moreover, you may not be aware of several legal clauses, which may bring higher amounts as a part of the compensation and only the attorneys who have vast experience in this field may be able to help you out in this regard.