2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 949. Awards for the victims of crimes.
949.06 Computation of award.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 949.06 (2017)

949.06 Computation of award.

(1) In accordance with this subchapter, the department shall make awards, as appropriate, for any of the following economic losses incurred as a direct result of an injury:

(a) Medical treatment, subject to the limits set forth under par. (bg).

(b) Work loss of a victim, a parent of a victim, or in the case of a homicide, a family member of a victim, shall be subject to the limits set forth under par. (bg) and shall be determined as follows:

1. If the victim or parent of a victim was employed at the time of the injury, loss of actual earnings shall be based upon his or her net income at the time of the injury.

2. If the victim was not employed at the time of the injury or, if as a direct result of the injury, the victim suffered a disability causing a loss of potential income, the award may be based upon a sufficient showing by the victim that he or she actually incurred loss of income.

3. If a victim is released by a physician to return to work with restrictions but is unable to return to the job he or she was performing at the time the crime was committed, the award shall be reduced by any income from substitute work actually performed by the victim or by income the victim would have earned in available appropriate substitute work the victim was capable of performing, but unreasonably failed to undertake.

4. The department may award each victim, parent of a victim, or in the case of a homicide, family member of a victim not more than 2 weeks of lost wages without requiring proof of disability from a physician.

(bg) The department may award each parent of a victim not more than $3,000 total for reimbursement of expenses under par. (a) related to mental health treatment and for work loss under par. (b).

(bm) If at the time of the injury, the victim was a caregiver in his or her home, an amount sufficient to ensure that the duties and responsibilities are continued until the victim is able to resume the performance of the duties, or until the cost of services reaches the maximum allowable under s. 949.08 (1m) (a), whichever is less.

(br) If as a direct result of the personal injury, the victim suffered a protracted disability, reasonable and necessary housing accessibility adaptations, but not to exceed $5,000.

(c) Reasonable replacement value of any clothing and bedding that is held for evidentiary purposes, but not to exceed $300.

(cg) Reasonable replacement value of any computer or mobile telephone that is held for evidentiary purposes, but not to exceed $200.

(cm) Reasonable replacement value for property, other than clothing and bedding under par. (c), that is held for evidentiary purposes and is rendered unusable as a result of crime laboratory testing, but not to exceed $200.

(d) Reasonable funeral and burial expenses, not to exceed $5,000.

(e) Loss of support, which shall be determined on the basis of the victim's net annual income at the time of death, and shall be calculated as follows:

1. The department shall determine the victim's net annual income, and shall multiply that amount by 4. Subject to subds. 2. and 3., the loss of support award is this amount.

2. The department shall deduct from the amount calculated under subd. 1. an amount equal to benefits the dependents received or are to receive, over the course of 4 years, as a survivor benefit from the federal social security program.

3. The department shall deduct from the amount calculated under subd. 1. the amount of any life insurance proceeds the dependents received as a result of the victim's death.

(f) Reasonable and necessary costs associated with securing and cleaning up a crime scene, not to exceed $1,000.

(1m)

(a) In this subsection, “family member" means any spouse, domestic partner under ch. 770, parent, grandparent, stepparent, foster parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, grandchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, or half sister.

(b) In accordance with this subchapter, the department shall make awards, as appropriate, to persons who, immediately prior to the crime, lived in the same household with and to family members of a victim of s. 940.01, 940.02, 940.05, 940.06, 940.07, 940.08 or 940.09 for any of the economic losses specified in sub. (1) as a result of the person's or family member's reaction to the death. A dependent may recover both under sub. (1) and this subsection, subject to the limitation under s. 949.08 (1m) (a).

(3) Any award made under this section shall be reduced by the amount of any payment received, or to be received, as a result of the injury or death:

(a) From, or on behalf of, the person who committed the crime.

(b) From insurance payments or program, including worker's compensation and unemployment insurance. The department may reduce an award related to a crime under s. 346.62 (4), 346.63 (2) or (6), 940.09, 940.10, or 940.25, if the victim was not in compliance with s. 344.62 (1) at the time of the crime, by an amount equal to the payment the victim would have received from an insurance program or payment if the victim had been in compliance with s. 344.62 (1). The department may not reduce an award by an amount received or to be received from an insurance payment or program if it has deducted that amount from an award for economic loss under sub. (1) (e) 3.

(c) From public funds.

(e) From one or more 3rd parties held liable for the offender's acts.

(f) From an award under s. 949.26.

(4)

(a) An award may be made whether or not any person is prosecuted or convicted of any offense arising out of such act or omission.

(b) The department may suspend proceedings under this subchapter for a period it deems appropriate on the grounds that a prosecution for an offense arising out of the act or omission has been commenced or is imminent.

History: 1975 c. 344, 421; 1977 c. 239; 1979 c. 198; 1981 c. 20, 314; 1985 a. 242; 1987 a. 27; 1993 a. 16, 446; 1997 a. 27, 39; 2003 a. 33; 2007 a. 20; 2009 a. 28, 276; 2015 a. 350.

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