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.
You may qualify for the Good Samaritan Program if:
- You have assisted a person in immediate danger of injury or death as presented by a crime, a civil or natural disaster or catastrophe, or other incident such as an auto accident or drowning
- You are a private citizen and are not a peace officer, fireman, lifeguard or a person whose employment includes the duty of protecting public safety
- You have suffered an injury or loss as the result of your action
- You have not received another type of compensation for your action
It is important to know that eligibility for the Good Samaritan Program is not based on the outcome of the action.
A Good Samaritan can receive up to $10,000 reimbursement for the following related expenses:
- Medical treatment
- Dental treatment
- Mental health treatment
- Wage or support loss
- Funeral and burial
- Property loss
Contact the Victim Compensation Program at (800) 777-9229 or email@example.com for more information regarding filing a Good Samaritan claim.