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Who is Eligible for Compensation

Anyone injured as a result of violent crime in Ontario can apply for compensation, including people who were hurt while trying to prevent a crime. Police officers who are injured during their course of duty may also apply.

Violent crimes include:

  • murder
  • attempted murder
  • firearm offences
  • criminal negligence
  • poisoning
  • arson
  • assault
  • sexual assault
  • domestic assault (abuse by a spouse/partner)
  • voyeurism
  • certain cyber crimes
  • child physical assault
  • child sexual abuse
  • Criminal harassment / stalking

The injuries may either be physical or psychological. However, the injuries must be more than transient or trifling in order to qualify for compensation.

You may be eligible for compensation even if no one has been prosecuted or convicted of the crime.

You must apply for compensation within two years of when the violent crime took place, unless you:

  1. were a victim of sexual or domestic violence
  2. are under 20 years old.

However,  the two-year period can be extended if one has good reasons for not applying earlier, but will have to request an extension and explain the reasons for the delay.

How does the Criminal Injuries Board determine compensation ?

The board awards compensation through one of two processes: documentary evidence or an oral hearing.

Documentary evidence is based solely on the application. The adjudicators will review the application and make a determination on what would be suitable financial compensation. An oral hearing is performed in the city where the applicant resides and there is one hearing Adjudicator present. A Hearing Adjudicator will listen to the applicant , and any witnesses. After listening to the evidence from all the participants, a decision will be made about any potential compensation.

What type of things are covered under compensation?
Compensation can include expenses for the following:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Loss of income
  • Funeral expenses
  • Therapy expenses from a therapist of your choice as opposed to being placed on a waiting list. (often these expenses can be paid by the Board shortly after an application has been submitted)
  • Other expenses deemed reasonable by the board

What does Singh Legal Services do ?
Navigating the application process for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board can be confusing and difficult. Singh Legal Services has years of experience in dealing with the Board and knows exactly what the Board needs and wants in their applications. This knowledge enables Singh Legal Services to maximize compensation for its Clients. I gather all the available documentation and prepare the application in a manner that will likely avoid an oral hearing.

I appreciate and recognize the physical and psychological trauma associated to being a victim of a violent crime. As such, I try to make this process as easy and as stress-free as possible. I will meet you at  a location that is convenient for you to discuss your circumstances.  Together , I will start the process of completing the application for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

How much will your services cost me ?

The fees are contingency based. That means if you do not receive any compensation from the board then we do not get paid. Singh Legal Services pays for all the associated costs to the application and the client pays nothing upfront.
Contact Singh Legal Services for a free , no obligation consultation to discuss your matter and to find out if you are eligible to apply for compensation.