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Can I Appeal If My Claim for VCF Compensation is Denied?

June 30, 2017

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Sadly, it is not uncommon for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) to deny eligible claims for compensation or issue an award for a substantially smaller amount than it should be. There are many reasons why 9/11 compensation claims are denied. Often, the failure of the claimant to submit a complete application or provide necessary supporting documentation will lead to a denial or disappointing award. Fortunately, VCF rules allow for adverse decisions to be appealed. But 9/11 claim appeals can be complicated. Having an experienced 9/11 attorney on your side when completing your initial application can reduce the likelihood of […]

How Do I Prove I Was At a 9/11 Crash Site in Order to Make a Claim for Zadroga Act Compensation?

June 23, 2017

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The effects of the September 11th attacks were felt across the country and around the world. But only those victims, first responders, and recovery workers who were present at or around a 9/11 crash site at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or Shanksville, Pennsylvania are eligible to receive Zadroga Act compensation. In order to have a viable claim for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), your application must contain sufficient proof that you were indeed present at one of the sites. The WTC lawyers at Turley Hansen & Partners have worked with thousands of 9/11 victims and […]

Can I Recover 9/11 Victim Compensation for Mental Illness?

June 16, 2017

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The impact of the September 11th attacks on victims, first responders, and recovery workers takes many forms. Physical injuries, illnesses, and conditions are the most visible and common ways in which the trauma of 9/11 manifests itself among survivors. But the psychological impact of that horrible day and its aftermath – including such conditions as PTSD, anxiety, and major depressive order – is just as real and can be just as devastating. Physical Injury Required to Obtain 9/11 Victim Compensation However, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was established to compensate victims for their 9/11-related physical injuries and the economic […]

Understanding the Differences Between Group A and Group B Zadroga Act Claims

June 9, 2017

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The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 was reauthorized in 2015. This was no small accomplishment. It took the commitment of thousands of individuals who were advocates for victims, first responders, and recovery workers effected by the September 11th attacks. The 9/11 attorneys at Turley, Hansen & Partner actively and proudly assisted the “Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act” in passing this important piece of legislation that provides benefits, treatment, and compensation to the thousands of individuals and families dealing with 9/11-related illnesses and losses. The Reauthorization Act included several changes to the Victim […]

Can I Get Reimbursed for Past Medical Expenses That Were Not Covered by the WTC Health Program?

May 31, 2017

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The WTC Health Program (WTCHP) provides free health screenings, medical monitoring, and treatment for 9/11 emergency responders and others who have been diagnosed with a covered condition under the WTCHP and have had their conditions certified as 9/11-related by a WTCHP physician. But often, those suffering from a 9/11-related illness, injury, or other condition will have incurred significant medical expenses prior to their participation in the WTCHP.  Such out-of-pocket medical costs can be reimbursed as part of your award of compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), but only if you provide the VCF with the detailed documentation and […]

How Do Payments From Other Sources Such As Social Security Disability or Workers’ Compensation Affect My VCF Compensation Claim?

May 26, 2017

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The purpose of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is to provide money to individuals and families who suffer from 9/11-related injuries or health conditions. However, those same conditions can also be the basis for compensation and benefits from sources other than the VCF, such as Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, and life insurance policies. Under the law, the VCF must offset, or deduct, payments received from most, but not all, such “collateral sources” when calculating a VCF compensation award. For VCF purposes, collateral source payments include payments that the victim, or a deceased victim’s estate or beneficiaries, receive or […]

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