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Compensation for Victims of Violent Crimes

SECTION 136.   Section 1 of chapter 258C of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting before the definition of "Claim" following definition:-

"Catastrophic injury", an injury that creates a permanent impairment for the victim, including: (i) a spinal cord injury involving paralysis; (ii) amputation of an arm, hand, foot or leg; (iii) severe brain injury; (iv) second or third degree burns on 25 per cent or more of the total body surface or third degree burns on 5 per cent or more of the face and hands; (v) total or functional loss of vision or hearing; (vi) severe communication, sensory or motor disturbances; or (vii) any other injury that would otherwise qualify pursuant to this chapter.