This week Special Master Sheila Birnbaum announced that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has made the first payouts for two cancer claims under the Zadroga Bill. The two Claimants, who have bladder cancer and urinary tract cancer respectively, will both receive a “substantial” award amount. One of the payouts is in excess of $1 million as quoted by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum in a recent article from the New York Post.
There are over 1,000 Claimants waiting for their cancer claims to be reviewed and deemed eligible for an award by the VCF. Once an award decision has been made by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Claimants will initially receive 10% of their award and the rest is expected to be paid out in 2016.
Overall, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has been allotted $2.775 billion for compensation of cancer and other 9/11 related illnesses. According to VCF program statistics that were published on September 16th, there have been 78 claims that have been rendered compensation decisions for 9/11 related illnesses and over 2,000 under review.
As per 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund registration guidelines, any Claimant who knew or reasonably should have known of physical harm resulting from the 9/11 terrorist attacks should have registered by October 3, 2013. However, if an individual was diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer and diagnosis was known on or before October 12, 2012, then that individual has until October 12, 2014 to register with the 9/11 VCF.
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