Zadroga 9/11 Act Special Master Sheila Birnbaum just announced a new series of Zadroga Act Town Hall Forums sponsored by the Justice Department for 9/11 victims and first responders in the next two weeks. Special thanks is due our friend and 9/11 Advocate Nicole B. Simpson for her hard work helping coordinate the New Jersey Zadroga Act forum.Read More
On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Zadroga Act, which reopens the September 11th Victim Compensation Fundof 2001. The Zadroga Act expanded the scope of the original VCF to enable more individuals who suffered physical injury or death as a result of the September 11th attacks to obtain compensation from the program. The VCF will accept claims for five years and will complete the payment of claims during 2016-17. you must submit your claim within two years of the date you know of the physical injury or death resulting from the attacks (or, if you already know of the physical injury or death in question, within two years of the date that the regulations are finally updated).
Congress has appropriated a fixed sum of money for the VCF. This fixed sum is $2.775 billion. Congress has also determined that $875 million of that total amount may be paid out in the first five years of the VCF program. The remainder may be paid in the sixth year.
Great article in yesterday’s Newsday regarding the possible scientific connections between WTC Ground Zero toxic exposure and various cancers among first responders. It followed the sad death of NYC Fire Marshal Steven Mosiello (above), who died of presumed WTC related esophageal cancer this past week.Read More
Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum Wins Hearts and Minds of 9/11 Victims at Town Hall Meeting
Ms. Birnbaum directly addressed the difficult issue of whether there was enough total money ($2.8 billion) in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to fully compensate all claimants. Ms. Birnbaum deftly handled all the audience questions. She looked claimants in the eye and did not over-promise. She explained difficult concepts of damages in plain language, while always assuring the claimants that the process would be fair and transparent. She was part therapist, part skilled litigator, part hometown hero and most of all – a friend and advocate for victims.Read More