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Yearly Archives: 2016

Do I need to hire an attorney to obtain a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund award?

November 16, 2016

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No. However, over 80% of 9/11 claimants applying for compensation from the VCF choose to be represented by an attorney. Some of the things an attorney for your 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim can help you with include: Take the filing burdens off you and your family so you can concentrate on your health Obtaining the maximum possible compensation award for you and your family Properly and timely registering your claim 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;… READ ARTICLE

What is the 9/11 Zadroga Act?

November 16, 2016

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James Zadroga was a New York City Police Detective who served at Ground Zero during rescue, recovery and cleanup operations for an extended period of time. After 9/11, he developed a chronic cough and severe breathing troubles due to his exposure to the “toxic soup” near Ground Zero. His medical condition quickly deteriorated and he needed an oxygen tank to breath. He passed away in 2009 at age 34 leaving a four year old daughter. The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010 re-opened the original 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 that was established soon after the terrorist… READ ARTICLE

How are VCF Award Amounts Determined?

November 16, 2016

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Awards under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) are determined by the Fund’s Special Master, Rupa Bhattacharyya. In order to receive an award, a VCF claimant must first be found to be “eligible for compensation,” generally by submitting written proof or records showing that the claimant was present in the “crash site” area between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and has a 9/11-related disease or cancer. After a claimant is found to be eligible, the VCF then calculates the financial award. VCF awards have two components or parts: First, the VCF makes an award for “non-economic loss,” which… READ ARTICLE