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Monthly Archives: May 2017

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… READ ARTICLE

American Hero: FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer Dies from 9/11 Kidney Cancer

May 31, 2017

By on 9/11 Cancers

Ray Pfeifer, a retired NYC firefighter and tireless advocate for the Zadroga Act, died Sunday evening of 9/11 kidney cancer at the age of 59. God bless his family, friends and brothers in the FDNY.

Ray was a hero until the very end. I recently saw Ray at a 9/11 fundraiser on April 15, 2017. The place was packed 300 strong with Ray’s supporters and admirers!

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

May 26, 2017

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

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… READ ARTICLE

Do You Have to be a First Responder to have a Claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?

May 26, 2017

By on 9/11 Cancers

The answer in “No”. Although first responders, including firefighters, police officers and others, make up the majority of eligible claimants before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, there are other groups of individuals with 9/11 cancers who are considered “survivors” and are also eligible to make a compensation claim at the VCF. Essentially, any person who was in the “9/11 crash site area” (generally see map below) between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002 may be eligible for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Their work activity does not have to do with anything related to the 9/11 rescue, recovery or cleanup. To date,… READ ARTICLE

When Will You Receive Your 9/11 Victim Compensation Payment?

May 19, 2017

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

You have been living with the challenges caused by your 9/11-related illness or injury for a long time. You have also endured the often-lengthy 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims process, working with your 9/11 lawyer to complete your claim application and assemble and submit all required documentation. Now, at long last, the VCF has approved your claim and issued an award of compensation. But when will that money reach your bank account? The timing of when your payment will arrive largely depends on whether or not you appeal your award decision. You may choose to appeal your award decision… READ ARTICLE

How Does The 2015 Reauthorization of the Zadroga Act Affect You?

May 12, 2017

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After a hard-fought battle, the 9/11 Zadroga Act was reauthorized in 2015. The 9/11 attorneys at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco, LLP 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 Compensation Fund (VCF) program, including changes to how Zadroga Act awards are awarded. The Reauthorization Act made the following changes to the law: The VCF was directed to make full… READ ARTICLE