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Chapter 537

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  537.678.  Percentage of fund to be used to assist uncompensated tort victims — filing of claims, procedure. — 1.  Seventy-four percent of all payments received by the tort victims' compensation fund regardless of source or designation shall, upon appropriation, be appropriated to the division of workers' compensation to assist uncompensated tort victims and shall be used for no other purpose.  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080, any balance remaining in the budget of the division of workers' compensation for compensation of uncompensated tort victims shall not be transferred to general revenue but shall remain in the fund.  Moneys in the tort victims' compensation fund shall not be used to pay any portion of a refund mandated by Article X, Section 18 of the Constitution.

  2.  The division of workers' compensation shall, pursuant to the provisions of sections 537.678 to 537.693, have jurisdiction to determine and award compensation to or on behalf of uncompensated tort victims.  The requirement that the uncompensated tort victim has obtained a final judgment may be waived by the division based upon the tort-feasor's bankruptcy, inability to identify the tort-feasor or inability to obtain service of process on the tort-feasor after making a good faith effort to do so or the claim against tort-feasor has been settled for the insurance policy limits available to cover the liability of such tort-feasor and such policy limits are inadequate in light of the injury suffered by the tort victim.  The division is not required to award compensation, nor is it required to award the full amount claimed.  The division shall base its award of compensation upon independent verification obtained during its investigation.  In no case shall the amount paid to the individual exceed the lesser of either the net award granted by the court or jury, or the amount remaining in the tort victims' compensation fund, provided, however, that no award shall exceed three hundred thousand dollars.

  3.  Claims shall be made by filing an application for compensation with the division.  The division shall furnish an application form which shall include:

  (1)  The name and address of the uncompensated tort victim;

  (2)  If the claimant is not the uncompensated tort victim, the name and address of the claimant and relationship to the victim, the name and address of any dependents of the victim, and the extent to which each is so dependent;

  (3)  The date and nature of the tort on which the application for compensation is based;

  (4)  The date and court in which a judgment was rendered against the tort-feasor, including the judgment amount specifying medical costs, if available.  If no final judgment was obtained and the claimant is requesting a waiver pursuant to subsection 2 of this section, the application shall include a statement establishing the basis for a waiver;

  (5)  The nature and extent of the injuries sustained by the victim, the names and addresses of those giving medical and hospital treatment to the victim and whether death resulted;

  (6)  The loss to the claimant or a dependent resulting from the injury or death;

  (7)  The amount of benefits, payments or awards, if any, payable from any source that the claimant or dependent has received or for which the claimant or dependent is eligible as a result of the injury or death;

  (8)  Releases by the claimant authorizing any reports, documents and other information relating to the matters specified pursuant to this section to be obtained by the division; and

  (9)  Any other information as the division determines is necessary.

  4.  In addition to the application, the division may require that the claimant submit materials substantiating the facts stated in the application.

  5.  If the division finds that an application does not contain the required information or that the facts stated therein have not been substantiated, it shall notify the claimant in writing of the specific additional items or information or materials required and that the claimant has thirty days from the date of mailing in which to furnish those items to the division.  Unless a claimant requests and is granted an extension of time by the division, the division may reject, without prejudice to refiling of another application for the same matter, the claim of the claimant for failure to file the additional information or materials within the specified time.  Extensions of time to file such additional information shall be freely granted.

  6.  The claimant may file an amended application or additional substantiating materials to correct inadvertent errors or omissions at any time before the division has completed its consideration of the original application.

  7.  Any state or local agency, including a prosecuting attorney or law enforcement agency, shall make available without cost to the fund, all reports, files and other appropriate information that the division requests in order to make a determination that a claimant is eligible for an award pursuant to sections 537.675 to 537.693.

  8.  Any notice required pursuant to sections 537.675 to 537.693, with the exception of the lien notice required by subsection 3 of section 537.675, shall be sent by first class mail, postage prepaid, to the party's last known address or to the last known address of the party's attorney or other legal representative.


(L. 2001 H.B. 107)

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