Victim of Crime Claim Law and Legal Definition

Under Ohio law, a victim of crime claim is a claim for compensation by a person who has suffered physical injury as the result of a crime. Compensation for such victims includes the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and medical expenses resulting from the crime, so long as those losses are not covered by other sources. Property loss and pain and suffering are not compensable. The dependents of a person who dies as the result of a crime may also make claims for the economic support the victim would have provided them. The maximum aggregate award for any one victim, or for all the dependents of one victim, is $50,000. Dependents of a victim must share an award. Victim of crime claims may be filed with the court of claims or the clerk of the common pleas court of each county.