9/11 Victim Blog

Category: 9/11 Victim Compensation

What is the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?

November 14, 2018

By 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 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 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

17 Years Later, Remains of 9/11 Victims Continue to Be Identified

September 14, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

17 years have passed since the horrific events of September 11th, 2001. For those who lost loved ones in and around the Twin Towers that day, the passage of time doesn’t diminish the pain and loss that followed that terrible day. However, some families have experienced some measure of closure because of the hard work of forensic scientists who continue to search for and identify the remains of victims of the attacks. The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been working since shortly after 9/11 to put names to the unidentified remains found at and near… READ ARTICLE

Health Care Services Company Expands Its Role in the World Trade Center Health Program

August 31, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

A large health care services company that has been providing nationwide health evaluations, monitoring exams, diagnostic services, and treatment for survivors of the 9/11 attacks through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recently announced an expansion of its role in this vital, life-saving program. OptumServe’s Logistics Health Inc. was issued a two-year contract by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to provide screenings and care for those with 9/11-related illnesses who reside within the New York metropolitan area. The company had previously been providing services elsewhere throughout the country… READ ARTICLE

9/11-Related Cancer Takes the Life of Another NYPD Hero

August 17, 2018

By on 9/11 Cancers

The recent passing of a veteran NYPD cop who rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11th is yet another unwelcome reminder that cancers and other illnesses related to that terrible day continue to take the lives of first responders, recovery workers, and others. Officer Richard Lopez, 52, passed away due to cancer he contracted during his duty assignment at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks. A 20-year NYPD veteran and former Marine, Lopez worked at the World Trade Center site for months after 9/11 engaged in search, rescue, and recovery operations. He left behind a wife and daughter…. READ ARTICLE