9/11 VCF Lawyers
We Help 9/11 Survivors and Responders Obtain the Victim Compensation Fund Benefits They Need
- Were you near the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terrorist attacks?
- Were you a first responder, student, worker, or resident of Lower Manhattan in the nine months that followed?
- Were you near Ground Zero at either the Pentagon or Shanksville sites?
- Do you have a chronic medical illness, cancer, or disabling lung condition?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may qualify to receive compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF initially began as a way to help families and individuals who suffered on 9/11 due to the terrorist attacks. As residents, survivors, workers, and volunteers got sick in the years that followed, it became clear that the devastation from 9/11 was not over.
Recently, President Trump signed the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” This fully funded the VCF through 2090, making it easier for victims, survivors, volunteers, and families to receive compensation for their suffering.
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, we are one of New York’s largest 9/11 law firms. Our 9/11 VCF Lawyers have helped 9/11 survivors and their families since 2001. Our track record speaks for itself and we have recovered some of the largest individual awards from the VCF to date. We dedicated our entire practice to helping victims of 9/11 and its shows.
Through our large dedicated staff of attorneys and paralegals, we are able to offer personalized and compassionate legal guidance throughout the application and approval process. We know the steps to take and the quickest way through the federal regulations and red tape. For this reason, thousands of 9/11 victims choose to file both their WTC Health Program and 9/11 VCF claims through our law firm.
To learn more about what we do and how we can help you, call us immediately. We are here to speak with you and learn more about your illness, your concerns, and your case. We can meet in person or virtually during this time to better serve you. While the VCF is open for an additional 70 years to complete the process of filing a claim to collect compensation, many claims, including anyone who had a 9/11 illness certified by the WTC Health Program or who had a loved one who passed away before July 29, 2019, must register with the VCF by July 29, 2020. We can help you avoid missing any critical deadlines.
We Were There on 9/11, Too
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, our VCF lawyers were there on September 11, 2001, too. We saw the devastation firsthand and witnessed the heroic acts of the people of New York. We watched as businesses and employees banded together to reopen and keep the economy afloat. In the days that followed, residents and students returned to their homes and schools. Volunteers helping on the bucket brigade helped clear debris and search for survivors. Workers cleaned up streets and hauled away carcinogenic rubble. All the while, the air was filled with burning jet fuel and thick toxic dust. That dust contained more than 2,500 known contaminants and cancer-causing particles.
In the weeks that followed, our 9/11 lawyers received a call from a widow who lost her husband in the attacks. We took her case immediately and represented her and her children free of charge. Our law firm helped them obtain the compensation they needed and deserved and we never looked back.
Our team of 9/11 VCF attorneys has helped thousands of victims of 9/11 and their families. We even actively fought alongside the 9/11 community to get the James Zadroga Act reauthorized and eventually expanded.
We Help 9/11 Victims Obtain VCF Compensation
Obtaining the compensation you deserve from the VCF is not easy. There are federal regulations that complicate the process and the laws are constantly changing. Because of this, stay current and know all 9/11 laws, regulations, and news. This enables us to quickly change tactics as the laws evolve. We know the best ways to push your application through to help you get the compensation you deserve.
To do this, we start by meeting with you (either personally or remotely from a safe distance) to learn more about your story and your struggle. We want to talk about where you were when the World Trade Center towers fell. We want to learn more about your illness and diagnosis and the issues you face. We use this knowledge to help determine if you may qualify for WTC Health Program benefits and medical treatment, as well as VCF compensation.
Not everyone who has a WTCHP medical condition will qualify for VCF compensation. That is because both the Exposure Zone, as well as the time period for qualification, is different for the WTCHP and the VCF. We know the differences and how to help you navigate through these complicated federal regulations.
To qualify for VCF compensation, you must have been present in the Exposure Zone or any reason on 9/11, or either lived, worked, gone to school, volunteered, or been a responder in the Exposure Zone between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002. The Exposure Zone is located in Lower Manhattan below Canal Street, west to the Hudson River and east below Clinton Street. It also includes the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island and some of the trucks, barges, and emergency vehicles that handled debris in the area. Individuals who worked in the NYC Morgue or who responded to the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, crash may also qualify.
9/11 VCF eligibility varies from case-to-case. This is why you need a 9/11 lawyer on your side from the start who can answer your questions and help you through the application process. We have done this for countless others. Call now to see if we can help you.
Winning Maximum VCF Compensation for Our Clients
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, our 9/11 VCF lawyers know how to win maximum compensation for our clients. Our track record of helping 9/11 responders, victims, and survivors sets us apart.
Here are some of our most notable cases:
- $3.4 Million for downtown Manhattan professional with breast cancer
- $3.2 Million for police officer with colon cancer
- $3.1 Million for police officer with kidney cancer
- $3.0 Million for the spouse of Wall Street broker who lost his life from Multiple Myeloma
- $2.2 Million for NYPD Sergeant with brain cancer
- $2.0 Million for NYC housing authority manager with lung cancer
- $1.4 Million for Downtown Manhattan workers with colon cancer
- $1.1 Million for Battery Park resident with breast cancer
While past success never guarantees future results, you can rest easier knowing that you have skilled and experienced 9/11 lawyers on your side. After all, we do nothing but help 9/11 responders, victims, and survivors. It is this focus that allows us to achieve successful results for our clients quickly.
What Does the VCF Provide?
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund provides individuals and families with tax-free compensation after being diagnosed with any of the nearly 70 types of 9/11 cancers and related conditions. These conditions can include COPD, asthma, and lung disease, as well as a wide variety of other chronic illnesses.
This compensation includes both economic and non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you become sick with a chronic medical condition or cancer, you may endure pain and suffering. The VCF allows you to seek compensation for this pain and suffering.
Non-economic losses apply to physical conditions only. Mental injuries, such as PTSD and depression do not qualify for pain and suffering awards.
There are also caps on non-economic damages, including:
- $250,000 for 9/11 cancers
- $90,000 for 9/11 non-cancer conditions
When an individual suffers multiple cancers or illnesses, the 9/11 VCF Special Master has the discretion to increase the non-economic award or allow for additional awards. Our 9/11 VCF attorneys have successfully argued and won multiple cases for our clients and obtained awards greater than the $250,000 limit.
Our 9/11 lawyers will work with you to prepare a detailed “Victim Impact Statement.” This statement is invaluable when making a case for pain and suffering. It includes documentation with citations and summaries of your medical records, as well as witness affidavits. We use this evidence and statement to build a case to show the 9/11 VCF Special Master that you deserve maximum compensation for your pain and suffering because of how your 9/11 illness or condition changed your life. We help the VCF Special Master put a face to the claim, so you can obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
This is often the largest part of VCF awards. There is so much at stake when proving economic damages. After all, these damages can equal millions of dollars for victims and their families with the right legal representation. That is why it is important to have one of our 9/11 lawyers on your side fighting for you during this process. Our attorneys know that proving economic losses is difficult and includes a tremendous amount of investigation and insight to maximize your compensation.
We have successfully obtained some of the highest awards in VCF history because we know how to effectively build our cases to help our clients.
Our lawyers work tirelessly to ensure that our clients have enough money to pay for:
- Past medical expenses
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Household replacement services
- Rehabilitation and long-term care
- Loss of benefits
Gathering the right documentation to get maximum compensation from the VCF takes experience and skill. Every claimant must provide a fully documented claim that shows the value of the loss in its entirety. This is the best way to ensure full compensation.
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, we have the resources and experience needed to maximize your economic loss damages in VCF claims.
We Can Handle Your VCF Appeals and Amendments
There are times when your 9/11 medical condition changes, you are diagnosed with a new medical condition, or there is new information available that could help your claim — such as a loss of income due to being unable to work due to a 9/11 that got worse over time. When this occurs, you may need to file an amendment or, in other cases, an appeal from the initial VCF award. When this occurs, you need a 9/11 lawyer on your side that can help you through the process most efficiently, performing a legal analysis and advising you the pros and cons of filing an appeal versus filing an amendment. Our attorneys know the best ways through this process and can significantly impact how quickly you get paid and improve your chances of winning a higher compensation award.
If your cancer worsens or you develop a new 9/11 related condition (or suffer further losses such as the ability to work), you will need to file an amendment to seek additional VCF compensation. This is done if you already received a VCF award, but now need to seek more due to a worsening or new 9/11 related illness or your 9/11 conditions worsened such that you are no longer able to work at all or need to work at a reduced capacity.
Our attorneys regularly appear at hearings to help increase victim compensation awards for our clients. We can also help you file a Social Security Disability claim to give you relief now as you wait for a decision of your appeal of amendment. How your attorneys handle your Social Security disability claim can make the difference in your VCF award amounting to millions of dollars. We are highly experienced in the complicated relationship between a VCF claim and a Social Security Disability claim, knowing fully how these claims affect each other.
If the VCF originally denied your claim, you may need to file an appeal to obtain the compensation you deserve. You can also file an appeal if your original claim was not calculated properly or if you are not satisfied with the results. Our 9/11 VCF attorneys know how to increase original compensation awards because we know how to build cases with the evidence and documentation needed to maximize claims.
Our law firm recently took a claim from another firm in which the 9/11 construction worker only received a VCF award of $10,000. We appealed the award, gathered the necessary paperwork and records, and contacted the Special Master’s office directly. The result was an increase in VCF compensation from $10,000 to $868,000.
This is just one example of how our 9/11 VCF attorneys can best help you.
Call Our 9/11 VCF Attorneys Today
To learn more about your legal options and to see whether you may qualify for VCF compensation, call our law firm today. At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, we want to hear your story and your struggles. We can offer you compassionate, yet aggressive, legal representation every step of the way. Call us today at (855) 353-4907 or fill out our confidential contact form. We can help and offer 24/7 FREE consultations to better serve you.
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