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WTC First Responders and Recovery Workers Need to Act NOW to Preserve Their Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

April 11, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was established to provide compensation and resources to those who have suffered as a result of the September 11th attacks. But for New York first responders, rescue workers, and recovery workers, the VCF is not the only potential source of compensation for 9/11-related illnesses. The conditions caused by 9/11 exposure can and do impede victims’ ability to work and support their families. As with other injuries or illnesses which keep people off the job, 9/11-related conditions can be the basis of claims for workers’ compensation benefits. But many New Yorkers were having trouble getting […]

Can I Still See My Own Doctor If I Enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program?

March 30, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

The doctor-patient relationship is a very personal one, especially if you have been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness. Many first responders, recovery workers, and others who have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses first find out about their condition through their own doctor. Many of those people, if given the choice, would prefer to continue seeing their personal physician for treatment going forward. If you are one of the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer or other conditions arising from your presence at or near the World Trade Center, you can continue to see your own doctor. However, whether […]

Can I Amend My VCF Claim to Add a New Condition If I’ve Already Received an Award?

March 28, 2018

By on The Victims' Compensation Fund

Not all 9/11-related illnesses and medical conditions make themselves known at the same time. Years can go by between the diagnosis of one condition and the diagnosis of a separate 9/11 illness or cancer. Additionally, new conditions continue to be certified as 9/11-related and thus eligible for treatment through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). As such, it is not unusual for 9/11 victim compensation claimants to learn new information or be diagnosed with additional conditions after they file their initial claim and receive an award from the 9/11 Victim […]

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Issues Status Report Outlining Progress Made Since Zadroga Act Reauthorization

March 23, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

By law, the Special Master who administers the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) must issue an annual status report outlining the fund’s activities for the previous year. The reports identify progress and any shortcomings in processing claims and awarding compensation to thousands of first-responders, recovery workers and other individuals who have suffered from cancer and other illnesses relating to the September 11th attacks. VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya, who took over administration of the fund in 2016, issued the latest status report in February 2018. Among the issues highlighted in the report were the following: 2017 was the year with […]

Trump Administration Plans for WTC Health Program Draw Strong Bipartisan Condemnation

March 21, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

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 victim compensation 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. Now, however, all of that progress is […]

I’ve Been Denied Disability or Worker’s Comp Benefits for My 9/11-Related Condition. Can Turley Hansen Help Me?

February 28, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

Since shortly after the Twin Towers fell, Turley Hansen & Partners has been fighting on behalf of 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, and their families to get them the resources they need to recover. We continue to do so every single day. Often, this involves helping individuals and families with 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims. The VCF was established to provide compensation for losses related to physical illnesses and conditions caused by 9/11. But the VCF is not the only potential source of compensation for 9/11-related illnesses. The conditions caused by 9/11 exposure can and do impede victims’ […]

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