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Title XXXVIII CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT; PEACE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Chapter 595

Effective - 28 Aug 2018, 2 histories bottom

  595.035.  Award standards to be established — amount of award, factors to be considered — purpose of fund, reduction for other compensation received by victim, exceptions. — 1.  For the purpose of determining the amount of compensation payable pursuant to sections 595.010 to 595.075, the department of public safety shall, insofar as practicable, formulate standards for the uniform application of sections 595.010 to 595.075, taking into consideration the provisions of sections 595.010 to 595.075, the rates and amounts of compensation payable for injuries and death pursuant to other laws of this state and of the United States, excluding pain and suffering, and the availability of funds appropriated for the purpose of sections 595.010 to 595.075.  All decisions of the department of public safety on claims pursuant to sections 595.010 to 595.075 shall be in writing, setting forth the name of the claimant, the amount of compensation and the reasons for the decision.

  2.  The crime victims' compensation fund is not a state health program and is not intended to be used as a primary payor to other health care assistance programs, but is a public, quasi-charitable fund whose fundamental purpose is to assist victims of violent crimes through a period of financial hardship, as a payor of last resort.  Accordingly, any compensation paid pursuant to sections 595.010 to 595.075 shall be reduced by the amount of any payments, benefits or awards received or to be received as a result of the injury or death:

  (1)  From or on behalf of the offender;

  (2)  Under private or public insurance programs, including Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid and other state or federal programs, but not including any life insurance proceeds; or

  (3)  From any other public or private funds, including an award payable pursuant to the workers' compensation laws of this state.

  3.  In determining the amount of compensation payable, the department of public safety shall determine whether, because of the victim's consent, provocation, incitement or negligence, the victim contributed to the infliction of the victim's injury or death, and shall reduce the amount of the compensation or deny the claim altogether, in accordance with such determination; provided, however, that the department of public safety may disregard the responsibility of the victim for his or her own injury where such responsibility was attributable to efforts by the victim to aid a victim, or to prevent a crime or an attempted crime from occurring in his or her presence, or to apprehend a person who had committed a crime in his or her presence or had in fact committed a felony.

  4.  In determining the amount of compensation payable pursuant to sections 595.010 to 595.075, monthly Social Security disability or retirement benefits received by the victim shall not be considered by the department as a factor for reduction of benefits.

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(L. 1981 H.B. 41, et al. § 6, A.L. 1982 S.B. 497, A.L. 1983 H.B. 713 Revision, A.L. 1985 H.B. 715, A.L. 1988 H.B. 1195, A.L. 1993 S.B. 19, A.L. 1994 S.B. 554, A.L. 2001 S.B. 267, A.L. 2009 S.B. 338, A.L. 2018 H.B. 1355)


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