9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Eligibility and Coverage
Were you present in the NYC “Exposure Zone” between September 11th, 2001 and May 30th, 2002?
Generally, the NYC “Exposure Zone” includes the World Trade Center site, Pentagon site, Shanksville, Pennsylvania site, and Downtown Manhattan area (below Canal Street, west to the Hudson River, and east below Clinton Street to the East River). In addition, the “Crash Site Area” includes the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, the trucks and barges that removed 9/11 debris, places where emergency vehicles were cleaned, and the New York City Morgue.
Do you have a 9/11 “covered illness” If you can say “Yes” to both questions, you may be eligible for compensation from the VCF.
Most Common VCF "Covered Conditions":
- Non-melanoma skin cancer
- Melanoma of the skin
- Prostate cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Female breast cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Colon cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Oropharynx cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Breast carcinoma in situ
- Other rare cancers
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)
- Sleep Apnea
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- And many others.
Were You or a Family Member There?
In general, anyone with a covered illness who was present in Downtown Manhattan below Canal Street, the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, on or near the barges/trucks that moved debris, the NYC Morgue, or garages where emergency vehicles were cleaned; or responded to the Pentagon or Shanksville, PA crash sites between the dates of September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 may be eligible for free lifetime health care and a financial award. Medical benefits and financial awards for 9/11 cancer claims depend on proving that all eligibility criteria is satisfied and the strict registration deadline is met. 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Eligibility varies from case-to-case. Our 9/11 attorneys are ready and able to answer your questions regarding eligibility.
It is important to note that the “Crash Site Area” or “Exposure Zone” under the World Trade Center Health Program is larger than the exposure zone for the VCF. The World Trade Center Health Program “Exposure Zone” includes a section of Downtown Brooklyn (the Brooklyn Heights area) and all of Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street.
Who Can File 9/11 Claims?
These 9/11 victims include those who were injured in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, first responders, rescue workers, construction workers, volunteers, and Downtown Manhattan workers, residents, teachers, and students. Financial awards include pain and suffering money damages, lost earnings and fringe benefits, household replacement services (such as housekeepers, landscapers, etc.), and past out-of-pocket medical expenses for 9/11-related medical conditions (such as health insurance deductibles, co-pays and direct payments for medical services, and prescription costs).