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Yearly Archives: 2019

The Year of the WTC Survivor

April 25, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation

When a WTC-related death among fellow FDNY firefighters follows another death in quick succession, the sense of loss is all the more devastating. For those who were stricken with a terminal illness related to the 9/11 WTC terrorist attacks during and after September 11, 2001, this sense of loss was magnified three-fold earlier this month. Sadly, as reported by Thomas Tracy in the New York Daily News, three FDNY firefighters who had been afflicted with cancer or illness due to their service at Ground Zero all passed away within the 48-hour period between April 2 and April 4: Lieutenant Timothy… READ ARTICLE

New Reduced Award Letters Issued by 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for First Responders and 9/11 Victims at Ground Zero

April 8, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 2017 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Status Report

The 9/11 award determinations that have been cut by 50% due to “insufficient funding,” as announced by Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya on February 15, 2019, are now being received by our angry and disappointed clients.  One of our hero clients, a 9/11 first responder with prostate cancer (14,800), received an award notice last week on March 12, 2019. The office of Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP had fully submitted his claim over one year ago, and we were simply awaiting his award letter. His award was cut by $100,000. Had he received his award on or before February 25, 2019,… READ ARTICLE

The Sad and Ongoing Ripple Effects of 9/11

April 8, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Cancers

The tragedy of September 11, 2001 is never-ending, and the effects of 9/11 are still experienced by many. In addition to the lives lost in the horrific attacks on that day, the risk of sickness and death continue to follow first responders, policemen, firemen, and in fact anyone who either worked, lived, or routinely visited the vicinity of Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and for several months after. The law firm of Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP knows all too well. What follows is a list and brief description of different 9/11 cancers that many people were afflicted with as a… READ ARTICLE

URGENT NEWS: The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is Running Out of Money!

March 20, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation

As if the aftermath of 9/11 could not possibly get worse – it has. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which compensates responders and survivors with 9/11-related cancers, is running out of money. All VCF awards are now being slashed by 50% – 70%. This will continue and likely get even worse – unless Congress restores additional funding.   The Victim Compensation Fund – established in 2011 with a budget capped at $7.375 billion – now has just about $2 billion left to pay tens of thousands of future claims for 9/11 victims, which include the growing number of claims for… READ ARTICLE

Understanding the Connection Between 9/11 and Sarcoidosis

February 4, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Cancers

When the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) collapsed on September 11, 2001, 24,000 gallons of jet fuel burned fires on the pile for almost 100 days. The debris and dust in the air around Ground Zero contained over 2,500 contaminants that never should have been inhaled. Those contaminants contained glass, mercury, lead, concrete dust, carpet fibers, pulverized fiberglass, and even asbestos. During the rescue mission, recovery workers and cleanup teams were exposed to high levels of these toxins. In addition, civilians and families working in Lower Manhattan were also exposed to the toxic dust cloud for many… READ ARTICLE

Is There a Deadline to File a Claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?

January 14, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation

Is there a deadline to file a claim for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)? Yes. All claims must be fully submitted to the VCF prior to December 18, 2020 – but you should consider filing sooner. The $7 billion fund dedicated to providing financial compensation is running dangerously low. In fact, Rupa Bhattacharyya, Special Master for the VCF, recently warned that the amount of remaining money might not be enough to cover all filed claims.  Who Qualifies? Those who may qualify include 9/11 first responders (at Ground Zero, The Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania), workers, students, and residents of Lower… READ ARTICLE