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Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund

William W. Hurst – Personal Injury Lawyer, Indianapolis, IN

Many clients come in to our office after being injured during a violent crime or an automobile accident where the person at fault was charged with a crime. One common example is being the victim of an Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fundassault at a bars or other drinking establishment, such cases typically involve alcohol use. In such situations you are entitled to recover not only from the perpetrator of the crime and the bar (see Dram Shop Actions) but you may also be entitled to money from Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund (ICJI). The fund is intended to assist victims and their dependents with certain costs associated with such violent crimes. The fund can pay for a variety of things including: forensic exams, outpatient mental health counseling, and limited medical expenses related to a sexual assault.

Indiana Code defines a violent crime as “a felony or Class A misdemeanor that results in bodily injury or death to the victim”. Persons eligible for assistance from this fund include:

  • Victim of a Car Accident caused by a drunk driver;
  • A parent, surviving spouse, dependent child or other legal dependent of an innocent wrongful death victim killed as a result of an eligible violent crime, including an auto accident caused by a drunk driver; or
  • A person who is injured or killed trying to prevent a violent crime or giving aid to a law enforcement officer.

Other requirements include:

  • The crime must have taken place in Indiana;
  • The victim must have incurred a minimum out-of-pocket loss of $100;
  • The crime must have been reported to the police within 72 hours
    (Note: Victims of sexual assault do not have to report the crime to law enforcement unless they choose to apply for compensation under the Victim Crime Fund for expenses not covered at the time a forensic exam was completed);
  • The victim or survivors must cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of the crime;
  • An application for benefits must be filed no later than 180 days after the crime occurred;
  • Medical expenses must be incurred within 180 days of the crime, but can be extended under certain circumstances.

For more information please visit the Indiana State Government website.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney