9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures
On August 1, 2016, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund established new procedures for filing claims. This was the result of the passage of the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act of 2015.
One of the most important changes is that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund changed the claim process from a two-step procedure to a one-step procedure. A brand new 16-page claim form was been released on August 1, 2016. In addition to the main claim form, there are another 17 pages of additional information called “appendixes” that may be required depending for your individual claim. You can see the new claim for with additional pages here.
Before you submit the new VCF claim form and appendixes, you should look closely at the new “9/11 VCF Document Checklist” here. As you will see, there are many steps and documents you need to follow and collect before you can even begin completing the new claim form. This is one of the reasons that over 80% of all claimants hire a 9/11 attorney. The attorneys at Turley Hansen can help you properly gather all necessary records, then complete and file all forms so your VCF claim is approved promptly, and leave no stone left unturned and you receive maximum compensation on your award.
How We Help with the Process
Important steps in the process the 9/11 Attorneys at Turley Hansen can help you with are:
- Properly register your claim timely so that you do not miss the strict VCF claim filing deadlines;
- Help you get your 9/11 cancer and other conditions certified by the World Trade Center Health Program;
- Obtain “Proof of Presence” evidence though detailed witness affidavits to establish your eligibility for compensation;
- Obtain all your medical records so that we present a full picture of your 9/11-related health problems to the VCF n- increasing your award;
- Represent you and coordinate the complex interplay between 9/11 related Social Security claims and workers’ compensation claims;
- Help you prepare 9/11 Victim Impact Statements to obtain the maximum award for non-economic losses (pain and suffering damages);
- Obtain all prior tax returns, pension and benefits information, Social Security disability, workers’ compensation, past out-of-pocket medical expenses and household expenses to calculate your lost earnings claim;
- Complete and file all other necessary legal documents and forms, including the Surrogate Court petition and application required for all 9/11 death claims;
- Write a comprehensive legal brief, as necessary, explaining all your economic and non-economic damages, including advocating for how the damages should be determined;
- Review your award notice for accuracy;
- If we disagree with either the amount of your award or an eligibility decision, we can appeal your award and our attorney will fight for you at the formal hearing at the Department of Justice;
- If your condition worsens, we can amend your claim for additional compensation;
- Listen to you and your loved ones in a compassionate and helpful way as we help you navigate the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund process.