First Responders

Why You Should Be Treated By The World Trade Center Health Program And How It Can Help Your 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claim

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

If you have been diagnosed with a 9/11 related illness through a private doctor it is recommended to also be monitored by the World Trade Center Health Program regularly. You can still see your private doctor even if you are attending the World Trade Center Health Program. When the VCF reviews your claim, they will want to confirm that your illness has been certified as 9/11 related. The certification process is done through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). By attending the World Trade Center Health Program, they can help you with this process. They know the proper protocol and paperwork that needs to be submitted to NIOSH in order to request this certification on your behalf.

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Posted under: First Responders, Illnesses Covered, Survivors, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Update: Employees Of New York City Agencies May Find It Easier To Prove Their Presence At Ground Zero

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

This new partnership with NYCERS is good news as Claimants working for these New York City agencies may have been finding it difficult to obtain proof documentation. The general rule is that the VCF requires Claimants to provide two forms of proof. Such proof may include employment records, contemporaneous medical records and witness affidavits. However, if you were an employee of a New York City agency, a member of NYCERS AND filed a WTC-12 Notice of Participation form, you will NOT need to provide the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund with any further documents unless it is requested after the review of your claim.

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Posted under: First Responders, Lawyer Representation, Survivors, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures

Establishing Proof At Ground Zero: What the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Requires

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

The VCF has certain guidelines on what they consider acceptable proof documentation, but they are also understand that certain proof documents may be difficult to obtain. The VCF has partnered with agencies such as the World Trade Center Health Registry, the New York City Police Department and others to help Claimants obtain proof documents such as contemporaneous employment records, sign in rosters and work logs.

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Posted under: Proof of Presence, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility