If you were a worker, resident, first responder or student who was present in the 9/11 NYC “Exposure Zone” area of Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001 or the months that followed, and have been diagnosed with cancer since then, there’s a chance your illness may be directly related to the toxic air from the […]Read More
The World Trade Center Health Program’s Long Island Clinical Center of Excellence will be sponsoring a series of free legal clinics in December 2012 and January 2013 for individuals seeking help in filing claims under the Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Pre-Registration Required. Space is limited. To register, please call Migdalia Alonso at Turley. Hansen & Partners toll free at 1-877-693-2529 x112.Read More
Bottom Line – currently, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) only has $2.775 billion dollars to split between all eligible victims. Until the various cancers were recently proposed to be included in the list of covered conditions, the Fund (given its limited pot of money) could potentially have made larger awards to victims with solely respiratory or digestive conditions.
However, if up to 50 cancers are added to the list of eligible conditions, it is likely that awards to the cancer victims will take up a large part of the overall Zadroga pie, making awards to non-cancer conditions potentially smaller.Read More
Now, a claimant can file online to see if they are “eligible” for possible compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Actual VCF “compensation claim” forms will still not be available until the end of November. Click here for a downloadable PDF Instruction Sheet for filing 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims.Read More
Zadroga 9/11 Act Special Master Sheila Birnbaum just announced a new series of Zadroga Act Town Hall Forums sponsored by the Justice Department for 9/11 victims and first responders in the next two weeks. Special thanks is due our friend and 9/11 Advocate Nicole B. Simpson for her hard work helping coordinate the New Jersey Zadroga Act forum.Read More
On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Zadroga Act, which reopens the September 11th Victim Compensation Fundof 2001. The Zadroga Act expanded the scope of the original VCF to enable more individuals who suffered physical injury or death as a result of the September 11th attacks to obtain compensation from the program. The VCF will accept claims for five years and will complete the payment of claims during 2016-17. you must submit your claim within two years of the date you know of the physical injury or death resulting from the attacks (or, if you already know of the physical injury or death in question, within two years of the date that the regulations are finally updated).
Congress has appropriated a fixed sum of money for the VCF. This fixed sum is $2.775 billion. Congress has also determined that $875 million of that total amount may be paid out in the first five years of the VCF program. The remainder may be paid in the sixth year.