Are downtown Manhattan residents who were exposed to toxic dust as a result of the 9/11 attacks and clean up eligible for a Victims’ Compensation Fund (VCF) Award under the new Zadroga 9/11 Act?

The answer is YES, according to Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Co-Author of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

As reported in The Tribeca Trib, there was confusion regarding Zadroga 9/11 Act eligibility for downtown Manhattan residents.  Congressman Nadler, co-author of the Zadroga Act, issued a statement clearly stating that downtown residents, who were not first responders, were also eligible foe a monetary award under the Victim Compensation Fund.

In fact, the World Trade Center 9/11 Crash site, which in part determines eligibility for downtown residents by extending the “WTC Crash Site”, has been expanded.  The new definition of the World Trade Center Crash Site has been expanded in the Zadroga 9/11 Act:

(14) 9/11 CRASH SITE- The term `9/11 crash site’ means

(A) the World Trade Center site, Pentagon site, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania site;

(B) the buildings or portions of buildings that were destroyed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraftcrashes of September 11, 2001;

(C) any area contiguous to a site of such crashes that the Special Master determines was sufficientlyclose to the site that there was a demonstrable risk of physical harm resulting from the impact of theaircraft or any subsequent fire, explosions, or building collapses (including the immediate area in which the impact occurred, fire occurred, portions of buildings fell, or debris fell upon and injured individuals);

and

(D) any area related to, or along, routes of debris removal, such as barges and Fresh Kills.’.

The Bottom Line – if you were a downtown Manhattan resident and you suffered injuries or illness related to the 9/11 crash or clean-up, you may be eligible for both health care benefits and a monetary award from the VCF as a result of the new Zadroga 9/11 Act.

If you have questions on potential eligibility, call Troy Rosasco toll free at 1-855-WTC-INFO x123.