Posted Apr 17, 2017 by Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Cancers
Do you have a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim? If so, do you need a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund attorney? How much does a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund lawyer cost? How do I know which 9/11 lawyer to choose?
These are all good questions and this video and post by Troy Rosasco, a 9/11 lawyer at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco, will try to give you the answers:
- Do you have a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim?
- If you worked, lived or routinely visited downtown Manhattan below Canal Street (the “9/11 crash site zone” ) between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002 AND
- have been diagnosed with cancer, a respiratory illness or digestive disease, You May Have a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim and be entitled to tax free compensation for pain and suffering damages and lost earnings.
- Do you need a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) lawyer?
- It depends. Currently, over 80% of all 9/11 victims file their claims through lawyers so that they do not have the burden of filing all the paper work.
- Given the relatively low fees that 9/11 WTC lawyers charge (set by law at 10% of compensation recovered), many claimants find it easier to let an attorney navigate the system for them so that the attorney can maximize their compensation.
- However, if you do not have cancer and you are not currently losing time from work, you may be able to handle the claim yourself. The choice is yours.
- How much does a 9/11 lawyer cost?
- The Zadroga Act limits all attorneys to a 10% fee on the total recovery. In addition, attorneys are not allowed to be reimbursed for “routine expenses” in filing the claim. Routine expenses include obtaining medical records to support a claim or obtaining private treating physician reports to support a claim.
- Finally, in cases where a 9/11 victim has died and a “personal representative” must be appointed to file a claim, the attorney must absorb the costs associated with any Surrogate Court filings.
- Pursuant to the rules of the VCF, legal fees or filing expenses associated with any Surrogate court proceedings to obtain “letters testamentary” or “letters of administration” are the responsibility of the attorney.
- Given this VCF policy, it makes hiring a 9/11 lawyer in cases involving death more economical if a family would otherwise have to pay another attorney for Surrogate Court fees on their own.
- How should you choose a 9/11 WTC lawyer?
- Review their website and see if the law firm focuses only on representing 9/11 workers and victims. Some law firms also handle car accidents, general negligence and various “product liability” claims, in addition to 9/11 claims.
- Make sure they have extensive experience and a successful track record representing 9/11 victims. Are they the “go to lawyers” for 9/11 claims. Click this link.
- Ask if the law firm can also handle 9/11 related Social Security disability claims and workers compensation claims “in house”, or do they need to refer such cases out to other lawyers thereby losing the benefit of coordinating all claims.
- When you call the law firm for the first time, ask if you can speak directly to a 9/11 lawyer or if a lawyer can call you back. If they say “no”, this may tell you about how you will be treated in the future.
- Ask for recommendations from friends and family. Don’t just ask for a name. Ask if they personally had a good experience with a particular 9/11 lawyer or law firm.
- Finally, trust your gut. First impressions mean a lot and you can often tell whether you are in “sync” with a particular lawyer from the first phone call.
Should you have any questions, please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO. Thank you.