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Category: 9/11 Victim Compensation

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

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

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

What is the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?

November 14, 2018

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

While the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, are 17 years behind us, the damage continues to ripple through the lives of first responders and innocent bystanders who found themselves in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC) on that day – as well as the weeks and months thereafter. This led the federal government to establish the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). What is the Victim Compensation Fund? The WTC VCF was conceived to provide individuals who were physically harmed during the 9/11 terror attacks or developed diseases years later (IE: cancer) with monetary compensation and lifetime medical… READ ARTICLE

What’s the Difference Between the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Volunteer Fund?

October 26, 2018

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

The unprecedented nature of the September 11th attacks resulted in unprecedented efforts to help the tens of thousands of individuals whose lives were upended on that horrible day and in the months and years that followed. The federal government established several programs specifically designed to provide resources, compensation, health care, and other assistance to survivors, the families of those who lost loved ones, first responders, and others who suffered health problems or losses related to the 9/11 attacks. The two largest and most widely-known programs are the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)…. READ ARTICLE

What to Do If a 9/11 Compensation Claimant Dies Before an Award is Made?

September 28, 2018

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

Through August 31, 2018, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has received over 38,500 claims for eligibility and compensation. With that many claimants, a process that involves a detailed review of applications and supporting evidence, and limited staff to conduct these reviews, a long time can pass before a claim is approved. An even longer time may pass before any money actually reaches a claimant. This inevitably means that some 9/11 victims pass away while the VCF is still evaluating their claim. In such cases, families of claimants may still be eligible for compensation, but they need to take specific… READ ARTICLE