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      RS 46:1806     

  

§1806. Application; requirements; confidentiality

            A.(1) An application for reparations shall be filed in writing with the board within one year after the date of the personal injury, death, or catastrophic property loss or within such longer period as the board determines is justified by the circumstances. The application shall be valid only if the act resulting in the personal injury, death, or catastrophic property loss was reported to the appropriate law enforcement officers within seventy-two hours after the date of the personal injury, death, or catastrophic property loss, or within such longer period as the board determines is justified by the circumstances.

            (2)(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection and except as provided in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph, an application filed by a dependent or legal representative of a deceased victim of a homicide offense, or filed by a claimant as defined in R.S. 46:1802(4), shall be filed within five years after the date on which the judgment of conviction becomes final or within five years after the date on which the supreme court denies the defendant's first application for appeal.

            (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, when the death of the offender occurs prior to a conviction for a homicide offense, an application filed by a dependent or legal representative of a deceased victim of a homicide offense, or filed by a claimant as defined in R.S. 46:1802(4), shall be filed within five years after the date of the death of the offender.

            B.(1) An application for reparations related to a sexually-oriented criminal offense shall be filed in writing with the board within one year after the date on which the personal injury, death, or catastrophic property loss occurred or within such longer period as the board determines is justified by the circumstances.

            (2) A victim of a sexually-oriented criminal offense shall not be required to report a sexually-oriented criminal offense to any law enforcement officer for purposes of a claimant filing a valid application for reparations pursuant to this Subsection.

            (3) A claimant that files an application for reparations for personal injury or death resulting from a sexually-oriented criminal offense shall submit certification from a healthcare provider or coroner that a forensic medical examination of the victim was conducted and an itemized billing statement for all related services provided by the healthcare provider or coroner.

            (4) The coroner shall provide certification to the healthcare provider that a forensic medical examination was conducted.

            (5) The healthcare provider shall submit certification to the board that a forensic medical examination was conducted when requested by a claimant.

            C. Application shall be made on a form prescribed and provided by the board, which shall contain at least the following:

            (1) A description of the date, nature, and circumstances of the act or acts resulting in the physical injury, death, or catastrophic property loss, and of the crime, if known.

            (2) A complete financial statement, including the cost of medical care or funeral, burial, or cremation expenses, the loss of wages or support, and the extent of the property loss, if any, which the claimant has incurred or will incur and the extent to which the claimant has been indemnified for these expenses from any collateral source.

            (3) Where appropriate, a statement indicating the extent of any disability resulting from the injury incurred.

            (4) An authorization permitting the board or its representatives to verify the contents of the application.

            (5) Such other information as the board may require.

            D. The following information, when submitted to the board as part of an application, shall be confidential:

            (1) Documents submitted by a claimant which relate to medical treatment including any itemized billing statements.

            (2) Law enforcement investigative reports.

            (3) Forensic medical examination.

            E. Records, documents, and information in the possession of the board received pursuant to a law enforcement investigation or a verification of application by a law enforcement agency shall be considered investigative records of a law enforcement agency as described in R.S. 44:3 and shall not be disseminated under any condition without the permission of the agency providing the record or information to the board.

            F. A victim who was owed restitution as a condition of an offender's parole pursuant to R.S. 15:574.4.2(C)(1)(a) but whose restitution payments were directed to the Crime Victims Reparations Fund pursuant to R.S. 15:574.4.2(C)(1)(b) may file an application for recovery of the restitution in a written format developed by the board.

            Added by Acts 1982, No. 250, §1, eff. July 17, 1982. Acts 1986, No. 121, §1; Acts 1995, No. 421, §1; Acts 2010, No. 772, §1; Acts 2012, No. 396, §1; Acts 2015, No. 229, §4, eff. June 23, 2015; Acts 2017, No. 53, §2.



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