The answer in “No”.

Although first responders, including firefighters, police officers and others, make up the majority of eligible claimants before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, there are other groups of individuals with 9/11 cancers who are considered “survivors” and are also eligible to make a compensation claim at the VCF.

Essentially, any person who was in the “9/11 crash site area” (generally see map below) between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002 may be eligible for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Their work activity does not have to do with anything related to the 9/11 rescue, recovery or cleanup. To date, Turley, Hansen & Rosasco’s largest recovery has been almost $3 million for a non-first responder.


The following individuals, who are not necessarily “first responders” are potentially eligible for cash compensation from the VCF if they were below Canal Street between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002:

  • All office workers in buildings below Canal Street in lower Manhattan;
  • All residents of lower Manhattan below Canal Street;
  • Wall Street traders and other professionals;
  • Insurance professionals in lower Manhattan;
  • Attorneys with offices below Canal Street in lower Manhattan;
  • Cleaners in offices in lower Manhattan;
  • Con Ed, Verizon and cable workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Sanitation workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Ironworkers in lower Manhattan;
  • Crane operators in lower Manhattan;
  • Carpenters in lower  Manhattan;
  • MTA workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Port Authority workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Truckers in lower Manhattan;
  • Traffic officers in lower Manhattan;
  • Students and teachers in lower Manhattan;
  • Street vendors in lower Manhattan;
  • Church workers and volunteers in lower Manhattan;
  • Health workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Business owners in lower Manhattan
  • NYC employees including City Hall employees;
  • NY State and federal court employees.

For many of these “survivors” , there are different application forms that must be filled out and different health clinics through the World Trade Center Health Program they should attend to obtain “certification”  of their 9/11 cancers or other illness.

Should you have any questions about your eligibility as a “non-first responder” for a cash award from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call one of our 9/11 lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636)