Hansen & Rosasco Lawyers Interviewed on Long Island Business News Now
Troy Rosasco and Sidrah Syed Discuss the Victim Compensation Fund and 9/11 Registration Deadline
Troy Rosasco, Founding Partner of the 9/11 Law firm of Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, was interviewed on September 25, 2020 by the Long Island Business News live stream LIBN Now, on Facebook, on the current status of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. This was a special one-hour edition commemorating the 19th anniversary of September 11th. The interview was conducted by Editor Joe Dowd and reporter Adina Genn.
The interview started with Troy Rosasco being asked where he was on 9/11. Troy was in the office building of his Queens, New York City law office when the planes hit the Twin Towers. When he heard the news on the radio, and he looked out the window and saw the towers burning. He immediately thought of his family and returned home on the Long Island Expressway to pick up his two children from preschool. His wife and family then hunkered down together at home and watched the horrible events on TV for the remainder of the day. Like all of us, he will never forget that day.
The interview covered the history of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) law that was created by Congress shortly after the terrorist attacks and killed almost 3,000 people on 9/11. The original Fund, which lasted through 2004, paid victims and families over $7 billion dollars. The James Zadroga Act, named after a New York City Detective who died of lung disease from exposure to toxins in the air on and after 9/11, reopened the Fund in 2011 to compensate victims who have become sick as a result of exposure to toxins in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.
In addition, the Zadroga Act also established the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides free world class medical care to all individuals with 9/11 related illnesses or cancers. In 2015, the Zadroga Act was extended until 2020, but reduced compensation awards for certain types of illnesses certain types. Finally, on July 29, 2019 , the President signed the new “ Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act “. Since then, proof standards for compensation awards have increased and awards for certain conditions have been lowered.
Troy Rosasco, along with his Senior Associate, Sidrah Syed, then discussed the important required upcoming “9/11 Registration Deadline“ on July, 29, 2021. This deadline is vitally important for two groups of people: 1) those families that believe a loved one died as a result of a 9/11 covered cancer or illness MUST register by July 29, 2021 and 2) those victims who were certified with a 9/11 condition before 7/29/2019 MUST register before July 29, 2019.
Mr. Rosasco and Ms. Syed then discussed the unfortunate, growing problem of 9/11 related cancer diagnoses and deaths. The interview ended asking Mr. Rosasco and Ms. Syed why they chose to practice 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund law. Both responded that they get personal satisfaction by helping victims and families who have been harmed, through no fault of their own, due to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.Posted under: 9/11 News