If anyone ever needs the help of the victims compensation group in Maricopa county - get a lawyer first!
My brother was attacked last summer and left in the street bloody and unconscious. His attacker got away before police arrived and his girlfriend lied for him. My brother was transported to the hospital and found out he had muliple fractures to his face, a broken nasal passage and a severe concussion.
Since he had no insurance as he could not afford the premium he went to AHCCCS for help. He was denied because of "excessive income".
So we tried the Victims Compensation program to help him with his medical bills. It took many months of paperwork, much of which we did the paper chasing and finally his claim was reviewed and denied. We appealed. They gave him 24 hours notice to show up for the appeal. The average working person cannot just pickup and go so the now irritated board for the appeal gave the approval for a phone interview.
During this time his case manager was faxed a very important police report from a Detective in the Special Crimes Unit who stated this was indeed an assualt. His case manager did not get the information to the board as promised.
During the phone interview the board asked the most ridulous questions. They could not understand why his medical condition was not in the police report! Since when did the Police become doctors on site! That is why we provided the medical reports from the hospital. From doctors.
The board could not understand why my brother could not remember that night while talking to the officer. Again - he had a head injury and medical reports were provided. He was also unconscious. Maybe these people need to get a medical dictionary before they process assualt reports.
Now here is the kicker! They still denied him because "criminal injurious conduct" did not happen.
I sent a letter to Andrew P. Thomas, the top person at this business and let him know what happened. I feel that if this board is paid by taxpeyers then maybe we should disband them as they are useless.
I have never received a reply from anyone in his office yet. Even though Mr. Thomas was quoted he responds to each letter sent to him at his office. Well Mr. Thomas, you are not getting my vote next election.
My brother was treated worse than the criminal in this case, whom by the way cannot be charged as the statute of limitations has run out.
So now my brother is $8000 in debt for medical bills. His credit is ruined.
We would still like to hear from an attorney if anyone is interested in his case.
But most of all - don't vote for Andrew P. Thomas.