If you are a victim who was injured during a crime you may be eligible to file a claim with the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. The Board may compensate victims who suffer physical injury for uninsured or un-reimbursable medical expenses and loss of earnings.
Who May File a Claim?
A person who suffers physical injury as a result of a crime;
A surviving spouse or child of a homicide victim;
Any other person dependent for principal support on a homicide victim;
Any person who assumed responsibility for funeral expenses of a homicide victim.
How May I File a Claim?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board will provide the necessary claim forms.
Call 410-585-3010 or toll fee 888-679-9347. They are also available in PDF format.(link)
What Must I Do to Qualify?
You must report the crime to police within 48 hours.
You must have incurred at least $100 out-of-pocket expenses, or you must have lost at least two continuous weeks earnings or support.
How Much May the Board Award?
Medical expenses up to $45,000
Disability up to $25,000
Psychological Services up to $5,000
Funeral expenses up to $5,000
Total dependency up to $25,000
Partial dependency up to $17,000
The maximum allowable award in any claim may not be more than $45,000.
How Soon Must a Claim be Filed?
A claim should be filed within 180 days from the date of the crime or the death of the victim. The time limit may be waived for good cause for up to three years. In cases of child abuse, the claim must be filed within three years after the crime was discovered.
For more information, contact the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board at www.dpscs.state.md.us/victimservs/vs_cicb.shtml
or call 410-585-3010 or toll fee 888-679-9347. Click here for a copy of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Annual Report. (Link to Report)