9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claimants are required to register their claim within two years of the date that they knew or reasonably should have known that he or she suffered a physical harm as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and that there was a causal connection between the injury or condition and 9/11-related exposure. In determining this date and if the claims is registered on time with the Victim Compensation Fund, the VCF considers the date on which a federal, state, or local government entity determined that a physical injury or condition was 9/11-related. The VCF looks at the earliest of the date found by governmental entities such as the World Trade Center Health Program (WTC Health Program), the WTCHP private physician process, a state workers’ compensation board, or by a government employer such as the FDNY, NYPD, or NYCERS for purposes of awarding a disability pension.
It is important to note that if a VCF registration is doe on time for any condition or injury (cancer or a non-cancer condition), all eligible conditions that develop later and are 9/11-related (and regardless of whether there had been a prior timely registration that new condition) will be considered for an award.
In addition to the above rules, the registration deadline for new-onset chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is August 4, 2018.