What's New for Crime Victims

July 21, 2017

L&I’s Crime Victims Compensation Program launched the new online filing feature we announced earlier this year. The online app will be available to anyone with access to a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

New applications for victims and homicide survivors. The applications have been redesigned to make them easier to complete.

The online app will provide the following advantages:

  • Fewer claims denied because of the lack of a signature.
  • A claim number provided instantly upon filing.
  • Time saved in getting the claims process started

The online feature is on our website, with a user guide and a FAQ document, and it is available for use now.

June 7, 2017

Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1739 becomes effective July 23, 2017. This legislation makes changes to the Crime Victims Compensation Program benefits. Changes apply to claims with a date of crime on or after July 23, 2017.

  • Providers will be paid the Labor and Industries fee schedule rate for services performed on or after July 23, 2017.

For crimes occurring on or after July 23, 2017, the following will apply.

  • Claims filed for vehicular assault can now be considered for allowance based on a probable cause statement for vehicular assault or, charges filed for vehicular assault in addition to a conviction of vehicular assault.
  • Lost wage replacement can be considered for victims who are employed on the date of the crime and victims who were employed for twelve weeks in the six months prior to the date of crime.
  • Burial benefits increase from $5,750 to $6,170. Burial bills can be submitted an additional 12 months for a total of 24 months from claim allowance or release of remains.
  • Survivors of homicide victims are no longer restricted to twelve months to receive counseling. They will be able to use the sessions as needed.



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