As of Monday, July 18, 2016, you cannot now file a new claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). This is because the 9/11 Fund Special Master (the person who decides the amount of your award) is currently revamping the old claim forms as a result of the changes required by the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act. However, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund recently posted a 33 page “sample” claim form so that victims could start the process of gathering necessary information. See the new sample 9/11 VCF Claim form here. Remember, this form is not yet final and should not be filed with the VCF. Turley Hansen expects a new claim form to be issued very soon.
For example, if you were diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer today, you could not file a new claim yet. However, you or your 9/11 attorney could begin assembling all your “eligibility documents” such as witness affidavits regarding your “proof of presence” at the 9/11 “crash site area” between the dates of “9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002” as either a first responder or local resident. You could also begin assembling all your medical records and and “certifications” from the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).
Perhaps the most important thing to do if you were diagnosed with a 9/11 covered condition today would be to “register” your claim with the Victim Compensation Fund. “Registration” is different from “filing” a 9/11 VCF claim. You can register your 9/11 claim without actually filing your claim. This will protect you from missing important filing deadlines. Unfortunately, I speak to 9/11 cancer victims everyday who have missed registration deadlines. If you were diagnosed with any covered 9/11 medical condition, click here to register with the Victim Compensation Fund today or call an experienced 9/11 claim attorney.
Again, even though you cannot file a new 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim today, you should still “register” with the VCF today if you have not already done so. We will let you know when the new 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim form is released to the public and 9/11 lawyers.
If you have questions about your eligibility or 9/11 covered medical conditions, please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) to speak to an attorney.