9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Appeals and Amendments
We regularly appear at hearings before the Department of Justice regarding both 9/11 coverage and eligibility issues to increase victim compensation awards.
This is accomplished by filing a formal appeals and amendments with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), and scheduling a formal hearing with United States Department of Justice hearing officers.
Amendments and appeals provide opportunities to increase awards.
We represented a case where our client received an award for asthma and was then diagnosed with prostate cancer. We filed an amended claim with the VCF, and the victim compensation payout was increased by $160,000.
9/11 Claims: Amendments
If you became ill as a result of exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero and already have an award of compensation, keep in mind that one of the most import things 9/11 attorneys can do for you is to file an amendment if your condition changes or there is new information that affects your claim or VCF award. Our attorneys recently took over a claim from another law firm where a construction worker was dissatisfied with his original VCF award of just $10,000. After speaking with him, we quickly recognized that the prior law firm made a drastic mistake in calculating damages for his reduced earnings connected to his 9/11-related illness. We took over the claim, gathered the necessary medical and work records, prepared and filed a strong legal brief, and got in direct contact with the Special Master’s office. This led to the construction worker’s award increasing from $10,000 to $868,000. We give each 9/11 victim and family this same attention.
Our 9/11 Attorneys Will Handle Your Amendment So You Can Focus on Yourself
If your 9/11-related cancer or illness worsens, or you develop a new illness, our lawyers will amend your claim for additional compensation. For example, if you have a recurrence of your 9/11-related cancer that now forces you to stop working, we will amend your original 9/11 claims for additional loss of earnings damages. We may also file a Social Security Disability claim, which will help you with bills as you wait for a decision on your claim amendment.
If your original VCF award was based upon a respiratory or digestive condition, and you have since developed a 9/11-related cancer, we will amend your claim for additional compensation. If you had a traumatic injury after the 9/11 attacks or during the cleanup and already received an award but have been diagnosed with a cancer covered by the VCF, we can amend your claim for additional compensation.
9/11 Claims: Appeals
Another important benefit of our 9/11 attorneys is that we can prepare and file an appeal if you are not satisfied with your award or how it was calculated. One example of this involved a client who had become disabled from work due to a 9/11-related condition and was already given a large award for economic loss earnings. The VCF calculated the award by considering the claimant’s past earnings history for several years – when he worked at a reduced or part-time rate because he was sick with 9/11-related illnesses. We appealed the decision, arguing that it was unfair for the VCF to make an award that was based upon past earnings which were reduced because the claimant’s 9/11-related illnesses prevented him from working full-time.
We appealed a client’s VCF claim and successfully raised their award by over $400,000 to over $1.3 million.
We took over a claim from another firm, gathered the necessary medical and work records, prepared and filed a strong legal brief, and got in direct contact with the Special Master’s office. This led to the construction worker’s award increasing from $10,000 to $868,000.
Support Every Step of the Way
The 9/11 attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP have the expertise to file your amendments and appeals with the VCF to increase your victim compensation payout when your condition changes or you are dissatisfied with your award. Our team is dedicated to getting you the VCF settlements you deserve. Call us at 855-982-4636 or fill out a contact form here for a FREE claim evaluation.