The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) can be a vital lifeline for those who have suffered losses because of a 9/11-related illness or injury. But that lifeline can be lost forever if critical filing deadlines are missed. There are multiple deadlines which apply to claims for compensation from the VCF, and knowing which deadline applies to your particular circumstances can be complicated. The experienced WTC lawyers at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco help individuals and families with their VCF claims, including registering those claims in a timely manner.
General VCF Deadlines: Two-Years from Determination That Illness Was 9/11-Related
Generally, a VCF claim is considered to have been timely registered if it was submitted within two years of the date on which the claimant knew or reasonably should have known:
- That the victim suffered a physical harm because of the 9/11 attacks, or debris removal in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, and
- That the claimant was eligible to file a claim with the VCF.
For most claims, the VCF will use the date on which a federal, state, or local government entity determined that a physical injury or medical condition was 9/11-related as the date when the clock starts running on the two-year registration deadline. This means the date that either (i) the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) “certified” a cancer or other condition, or (ii) the date that a state workers’ compensation board or a government employer (such as the FDNY, NYPD, or NYCERS) found a condition as 9/11-related for purposes of awarding a disability pension.
If registration is timely for any condition, illness or injury, all eligible conditions no matter when determined to be 9/11-related (and regardless of whether there had been a prior timely registration) will be considered timely and eligible for an award of compensation from the fund.
Different Filing Deadlines for Different Circumstances
You must register with the VCF by the deadline that applies to your particular circumstances as found in this list of VCF registration and claim filing deadlines. By timely registering your claim with the VCF, you preserve your right to file a claim with the VCF in the future, but no later than December 18, 2020.
To register with the VCF you must do one of the following:
- Use the online system to submit your Registration Form.
- Call the VCF Helpline at 1-855-885-1555 to register by phone.
You can also reach out to the 9/11 attorneys at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco with any questions or for assistance filing your VCF claims. We have been helping victims of that terrible day since shortly after the towers fell, recovering over $100 million from the VCF on behalf of more than 1600 clients.
If you have questions or concerns regarding claims for 9/11 victim compensation or VCF registration and claim filing deadlines, please call Turley, Hansen & Rosasco, LLP at 1-855-WTC-INFO (982-4636) or fill out our contact form to schedule a free claim review today. We look forward to assisting you.