Compensation

Compensation

What do I do if I am unhappy with the OVS decision on my claim application?

What do I do if I am unhappy with the OVS decision on my claim application?

A claimant has 30 days after receipt of a decision to file in writing an appeal to the Director  A panel of three OVS staff members will review the decision under appeal.  Appeal decisions may affirm or modify the original decision.  An appeal decision that modifies the original decision must explain the reasons for the decision. The appeal panel's decision represents OVS's final decision.  The final recourse available to a claimant who disagrees with an appeal panel's decision is to seek a review of OVS's final decision through article 78 of the civil practice law .

How will I be notified about the OVS decision on my claim application?

How will I be notified about the OVS decision on my claim application?

You will be issued a written determination or "decision" indicating whether or not you will be receiving an award and the reasons for the decision. The decision will state that the decision may be appealed in writing within 30 days of receipt of decision.  In addition, if the claimant is receiving a positive award, the decision will indicate the date when payment can be expected.

What does "OVS is the payer of last resort" mean?

What does "OVS is the payer of last resort" mean?

This means that all others sources of compensation must be exhausted before OVS can pay the claimant for "out-of-pocket" losses relating to the crime.  For instance, benefits must first be obtained from sources such as workers' compensation, health insurance, automobile or home owner's/renter's insurance, disability, social security benefits, veteran's benefits and the like, before OVS can pay you for your losses associated with the crime.

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