Bill Montgomery - Maricopa County Attorney by changcheng2

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									     The degree of responsibility for the cause of the
     injury or death was due to the victim’s negligence
     or through intentional unlawful conduct that
     substantially provoked or aggravated the incident
     causing the injury.
If the claim is denied, the Board will send a letter
through certified mail with instructions on how to ap-
                                                                         Dear fellow citizen,
peal the denied claim. The claimant has thirty days
(including weekends) from the date the letter is re-                     Criminal conduct imposes costs on our entire communi-
                                                                         ty and especially on individual victims and their fami-
ceived to notify the Victim Compensation Bureau of
                                                                         lies. Victims of violent crime not only suffer physical
intent to appeal the denied claim. When the appeal
                                                                         harm at the hands of an attacker, but often the financial
letter is received, the victim advocate will contact the
                                                                         hardship of having to pay for medical treatment and
claimant to schedule an appeal date. If the Bureau                       other related costs of criminal activity.
does not receive the letter of appeal, the claimant for-
                                                                         The Victim Compensation Bureau of the Maricopa
feits the right to appeal.
                                                                         County Attorney’s Office can assist crime victims and
                                                                         their families in dealing with these impacts by providing
CLOSURE OF A CLAIM                                                       compensation to help pay for some of the expenses that
                                                                         are a direct result of the crime. These can include medi-
A “30 day” letter will be sent to claimants when all
                                                                         cal care, mental health counseling, and lost wages. The
compensable bills submitted have been processed for                      Victim Compensation Bureau can also assist families of       Victim Compensation Program
payment or reimbursement. The letter requests that                       murder victims with funeral expenses.
any additional crime-related expenses be submitted to                                                                                 Required Documentation
                                                                         This brochure lists some of the criteria for the Victim
the victim advocate. If no response to the letter is re-
                                                                         Compensation Program as well as information on how
ceived, or no additional bills are submitted, the file
                                                                         to apply. By helping crime victims obtain financial as-      After You Apply
will be submitted for closure. If necessary, the file can                sistance for their crime related costs, we can ensure that
be reopened by calling (602) 506-4955.                                   justice is served and help innocent people begin the pro-
                                                                                                                                      Contributory Conduct
                                                                         cess of healing and rebuilding their lives.
A survey will be sent once a file is closed. The com-                                                                                 Closure of a Claim
pletion of this survey is greatly appreciated, as the                    Sincerely,
feedback allows the advocates in the Victim Compen-
sation Bureau to focus on the specific needs of vic-                     Bill Montgomery
tims.                                                                    Bill Montgomery
                                                                         Maricopa County Attorney

* Derivative Victim: The spouse, child, parent, stepparent, step-
child, grandparent, grandchild or guardian of the victim who died as              Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
a result of the criminally injurious conduct, a child born to a victim
after the victim’s death, a person living in the household of the                      Victim Services Division
victim who dies as result of the criminally injurious conduct, in a               301 West Jefferson Street, 9th Floor
relationship determined by the Board to be substantially similar to                    Phoenix, Arizona 85003
the relationships listed above, a person who witnessed the criminal-                     PH: (602) 506-3411
ly injurious conduct, or person whose mental health counseling and
care or presence during the victim’s mental health counseling and
                                                                                      www.maricopacountyattorney.org
                                                                                                                                           BILL MONTGOMERY
care are required.
                                                                                                                                          Maricopa County Attorney
VICTIM COMPENSATION                                           Forgery;                                                     If you are pursuing a lawsuit, please include the
                                                              Identity theft;                                              name, address, phone and fax of your attorney.
PROGRAM                                                       Unpaid restitution;
If you have been the victim of a crime in Maricopa            Rental expenses;                                           AFTER YOU APPLY
County, you may be eligible for victim compensation           Fees or interest.
to assist you with financial expenses that you have                                                                      Once your application has been received by the Vic-
incurred.                                                   REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION                                       tim Compensation Bureau, we will order a copy of the
                                                                                                                         police report. After the police report is obtained, the
In Arizona, victim compensation is funded by fees           If you are requesting assistance, it is important for you    file will be assigned to a victim advocate.
paid by convicted felons. The state, through local          to include as much of this information as possible.
boards, disburses compensation to eligible victims of       Please contact your victim advocate if                 you     It is the responsibility of the victim or his or her
crime. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office Victim                                                                        representative to inform the assigned victim advo-
                                                            have questions.
Compensation Bureau is the local victim compensa-                                                                                    cate of bills, payments, and treatment and
tion agency for Maricopa County.                                                                                                    provide the advocate with copies.
                                                            Medical or Mental Health
Victim Compensation Program Criteria                          Copy of your insurance card front                                        The victim advocate will verify your doc-
                                                              and back.
  The crime occurred in Maricopa County.                                                                                            umentation to ensure that the services were
                                                              Name, address, phone and fax of                                      expenses eligible for compensation. The veri-
  The crime was reported to law enforcement within            each medical or mental health                                       fication process includes obtaining treatment
  72 hours of its occurrence or discovery, unless good        provider.
  cause existed to justify the delay.                                                                                            plans, bills and medical records. Your victim
                                                              Itemized bills from each provider.                                advocate may ask you for assistance in gather-
  An application for Victim Compensation was sub-             Receipts for provider bills you paid.                        ing these records.
  mitted within two years of the crime, unless good
  cause existed to justify a delay.                           “Explanation of Benefits” from your insurance com-           Upon verification, the case will be submitted to the
                                                              pany for covered dates and each provider.
                                                                                                                           Victim Compensation Board and you will be noti-
  The victim or derivative victim* willingly cooper-
                                                              Signed application.                                          fied by mail of their decision. It may take several
  ates with law enforcement agencies.
                                                              Prescription labels and register receipts.                   months for the process to be completed.
  The victim or derivative victim* suffered from
  physical injury or extreme mental distress as a result                                                                   It is crucial that you complete the signature forms
                                                            Wage Loss
  of the crime.                                                                                                            on the application, because many providers require
                                                              Name, address, phone and fax of doctor/therapist to
                                                                                                                           it before providing information about you. Not com-
  The victim or derivative victim* incurred economic          verify your inability to work for medical/mental health
                                                              reasons.                                                     pleting the signature forms will cause a delay in the
  loss as a result of the crime not covered by a benefit
                                                                                                                           processing of your application.
  or collateral source that the person is entitled to re-     Name, address, phone and fax of employer.
  ceive.                                                                                                                 If you would like to communicate with your advocate
                                                            Funeral Expenses                                             via email, please provide him or her with your email
  Additional program criteria exists. Your victim ad-
  vocate will discuss these with you.                         Itemized billing statements and receipts.                  address.

The program cannot cover:                                   Collateral Source Information                                CONTRIBUTORY CONDUCT
  Property loss or expenses;                                  Notify your victim advocate of any funds you receive
  Collisions ruled to be an accident;                         from auto insurance, life or burial insurance, dona-       The Victim Compensation Board may deny or reduce
  Suicide;                                                    tions, loans or legal settlements.                         a claim if contributory conduct existed. Contributory
  Fraudulent schemes;                                                                                                    conduct is defined as:

								
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