Posted Mar 6, 2017 by Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Cancers
On September 15, 2016, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) extended deadlines to file claims for compensation. The new VCF deadlines substantially benefit many victims who were previously told that they had missed filing or registration deadlines.
Anyone who was previously told by any source that they missed a filing deadline should call our office today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) to see if they can now file under the new deadlines.
9/11 victims now have up to two years to register a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund from the date a government entity (such as the World Trade Center Health Program or the New York Workers’ Compensation Board) certifies a diagnosis (such as cancer) as being 9/11 related. At the 9/11 law firm of Turley Hansen, we work closely with the World Trade Center Health Program to make sure our clients are properly “certified” so the do not miss any registration or filing deadlines.
For example, let’s say you were diagnosed by your private physician with prostate cancer on February 1, 2017. You call our office and we help you enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program (a government entity). The WTC Health Program certifies that your prostate cancer is 9/11 related on March 1, 2017. This is your “Registration Start Date”. You have until March 1, 2019 (two years later) to register your claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Other governmental entities that can start the registration VCF deadline include employers such as the FDNY, NYPD, or NYCERS for purposes of awarding a disability pension.
For individuals not being treated through the WTC Health Program, the Registration Start Date is the earlier of: (1) the date on which a government entity determined that the physical injury or condition was 9/11-related, or (2) the date on which the individual’s physical injury or condition is verified through the VCF’s Private Physician process. Call us to discuss “certification” under the VCF’s Private Physician process.
For families of loved ones who passed due to what they believe was a 9/11 related illness, they must register within two years of the victims death. In the case of new-onset 9/11 related Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), if the victim died on or before August 4, 2016, the family would have until August 4, 2018 to register.
Important: Regardless of the date of your 9/11 condition “certification”, all 9/11 claims and supporting documents must be filed by December 18, 2020. For example, if you are diagnosed with colon cancer on November 1, 2020, you need to have your cancer “certified” as 9/11 related and all your full claim filed in just over six weeks. Call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) with any VCF deadline questions you might have.