Good Samaritan Program

Life can bring challenging situations that no one expects to encounter. For the courageous person who selflessly responds to the needs of others in such situations, assistance can be found through the California Good Samaritan Program.

The California Victim Compensation Program can help pay for expenses incurred by a person who has, acting as a Good Samaritan, suffered an injury or loss as a result of efforts to prevent a crime, apprehend a criminal, or rescue a person in immediate danger of injury or death. The immediate family or dependents of a Good Samaritan who dies as a direct result of courageous actions can also seek compensation from the Program.

When applying for the Good Samaritan program, the application must include the details regarding the meritorious action and losses suffered, along with a statement supporting the Good Samaritan action from a public safety or law enforcement agency.

A public safety or law enforcement agency can also file an application for compensation on behalf of a Good Samaritan or survivors.

Application for the Good Samaritan Program
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Eligibility

You may qualify for the Good Samaritan Program if:

It is important to know that eligibility for the Good Samaritan Program is not based on the outcome of the action.

Eligible Expenses

A Good Samaritan can receive up to $10,000 reimbursement for the following related expenses:

Contact the Victim Compensation Program at (800) 777-9229 or info@vcgcb.ca.gov for more information regarding filing a Good Samaritan claim.