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Title XXXVIII CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT; PEACE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Chapter 595

Effective - 28 Aug 2018, 2 histories bottom

  595.025.  Claims, filing and hearing, procedure, who may file — time limitation — amount of compensation, considerations — attorney's fees — examination, report by health care provider, when — exemption from collection. — 1.  A claim for compensation may be filed by a person eligible for compensation or, if the person is an incapacitated or disabled person, or a minor, by the person's spouse, parent, conservator, or guardian.

  2.  A claim shall be filed not later than two years after the occurrence of the crime or the discovery of the crime upon which it is based.

  3.  Each claim shall be submitted to the department.  The department of public safety shall investigate such claim, prior to the opening of formal proceedings.  The claimant shall be notified of the date and time of any hearing on such claim.  In determining the amount of compensation for which a claimant is eligible, the department shall consider the facts stated on the application filed pursuant to section 595.015, and:

  (1)  Need not consider whether or not the alleged assailant has been apprehended or brought to trial or the result of any criminal proceedings against that person; however, if any person is convicted of the crime which is the basis for an application for compensation, proof of the conviction shall be conclusive evidence that the crime was committed;

  (2)  Shall determine the amount of the loss to the claimant, or the victim's survivors or dependents;

  (3)  Shall determine the degree or extent to which the victim's acts or conduct provoked, incited, or contributed to the injuries or death of the victim.

  4.  The claimant may present evidence and testimony on his own behalf or may retain counsel.  The department of public safety may, as part of any award entered under sections 595.010 to 595.075, determine and allow reasonable attorney's fees, which shall not exceed fifteen percent of the amount awarded as compensation under sections 595.010 to 595.075, which fee shall be paid out of, but not in addition to, the amount of compensation, to the attorney representing the claimant.  No attorney for the claimant shall ask for, contract for or receive any larger sum than the amount so allowed.

  5.  The person filing a claim shall, prior to any hearing thereon, submit reports, if available, from all hospitals, physicians, surgeons, or other health care providers who treated or examined the victim for the injury for which compensation is sought.  A hospital, physician, surgeon, or other health care provider may submit reports on behalf of the person filing a claim.  If, in the opinion of the department of public safety, an examination of the injured victim and a report thereon, or a report on the cause of death of the victim, would be of material aid, the department of public safety may appoint a duly qualified, impartial physician to make such examination and report.

  6.  Each and every payment shall be exempt from attachment, garnishment or any other remedy available to creditors for the collection of a debt.

  7.  Payments of compensation shall not be made directly to any person legally incompetent to receive them but shall be made to the parent, guardian or conservator for the benefit of such minor, disabled or incapacitated person.

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(L. 1981 H.B. 41, et al. § 4, A.L. 1985 H.B. 715, A.L. 1989 H.B. 502, et al., A.L. 1994 S.B. 554, A.L. 1996 S.B. 769, A.L. 2009 S.B. 338, A.L. 2018 H.B. 1355)


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