Recoveries and Settlements Information

The Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) is the payer of last resort. What this means is that if you have any primary insurance, we will pay only after the primary insurer has paid. Money paid on behalf of the crime victim is subject to a lien against any recovery from civil, criminal (restitution), or insurance settlements.

When you receive money from a settlement, the law requires you to:

  1. Advise CVCP.
  2. Reimburse CVCP for claim expenses.

Examples of settlement recoveries include money received from:

  • A lawsuit against a third party.
  • An auto insurer or other insurer for damages caused by the crime.

Money reimbursed to CVCP provides funds to assist other victims of crime.

Recovery distribution calculators

Settlement Recovery Calculator.

Life-Insurance Recovery Calculator.

Additional information

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  • Expand/collapse What is a first-party action?

    Any settlement from insurance that you pay for: for example, your own auto insurance (uninsured motorist), life insurance or homeowners insurance.

  • Expand/collapse What is third party?

    Someone who may have caused or contributed to your injury. Examples include:

    • The driver of the car that hit you.
    • The person who sexually assaulted you.
    • The person who hit you with their fists.
    • The tavern that over-served the drunk driver who struck you.
  • Expand/collapse How does a recovery action affect my CVCP claim?

    In the case of a settlement, the victim receives 25% of the net recovery. CVCP is then reimbursed for benefits paid, less proportionate share of attorney fees and costs. Any remaining balance is then paid to the victim. The remaining balance is then subject to an offset against future benefit entitlement under the claim.

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