9/11 Victim Blog

How the Reauthorization Act Changes Group B Claims for Zadroga Act Compensation

By Hansen & Rosasco

When the 9/11 Zadroga Act was reauthorized in 2015, several changes were made to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) program. Many of these changes have a direct impact on how compensation awards are made and how much Zadroga Act compensation an individual claimant may receive for certain types of losses. Caps on Damages for Non-Economic […]

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Victim Impact Statements – What Needs to Be Included to Maximize 9/11 Victim Compensation?

By Hansen & Rosasco

The true impact that a 9/11-related illness, injury or death has had on a victim and their family can’t be measured in dollars and cents alone. The trauma, pain and loss felt by those who have suffered because of the terrorist attacks aren’t necessarily reflected in medical bills, paystubs or invoices. These “non-economic” losses are […]

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How are VCF Award Amounts Determined?

By Hansen & Rosasco

Awards under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) are determined by the Fund’s Special Master, Rupa Bhattacharyya. In order to receive an award, a VCF claimant must first be found to be “eligible for compensation,” generally by submitting written proof or records showing that the claimant was present in the “crash site” area between September […]

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How Long will the VCF be open for new claims?

By Hansen & Rosasco

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 was reauthorized when signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015. The Reauthorization Act extends the VCF for five years, allowing individuals to submit their claims until December 18, 2020. It is important to note, however, that while the VCF is open to […]

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How do I prove I was South of Canal Street on 9/11?

By Hansen & Rosasco

To be eligible for an award of compensation from the Victim Compensation Fund, you will need to prove that you were physically present in the “crash site” area (anywhere in lower Manhattan south of Canal Street) between September 11th, 2001 and May 30th, 2002. This “proof of presence” must be established by a number of […]

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What is the difference between the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim -Compensation Fund?

By Hansen & Rosasco

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (as reauthorized in 2015) created to programs: (1) The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), and (2) The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). These two programs are closely related, but are separately administered and each has its own registration requirements. For example, registration and […]

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Why are psychological conditions covered by the World Trade Center Health Program but not the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund?

By Hansen & Rosasco

When the original 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was debated in Congress in 2001, the issue of whether or not to cover psychological conditions, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and similar conditions, was hotly debated. At the end of this debate, members of Congress made the decision to provide victim compensation only for […]

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Troy Rosasco and Daniel Hansen Talk Zadroga Act with Nassau Bar Journal and Suffolk Bar Journal

By Hansen & Rosasco

Turley, Hansen & Rosasco is proud of the work our attorneys do to support and aid our 9/11 clients. Most recently, Troy Rosasco – one of the leading workers compensation and disability attorneys in the New York metropolitan area – has published articles in both the Nassau Bar Journal and Suffolk Bar Journal, educating other […]

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Posted under: The Victims' Compensation Fund, World Trade Center Health Program
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Disabled 9/11 Survivors and Families May be Entitled to Tax Break: IRS Provides Clarification in Recent Update on How to Claim Exemptions

By Hansen & Rosasco

Senator Gillibrand in particular has been tireless in advocating for the 9/11 Community. She contacted IRS commissioner Koskinen who quickly took action and had the publication updated with a cover sheet to provide the proper guidance. The update makes it easier to understand the law and to clarify to the 9/11 community how to go about filing and the rules that apply. Needless to say, Senator Gillibrand has won another battle for both 9/11 responders, survivors and the families of those who died because of their 9/11 related illnesses and injuries. Now that the information is available, they can take advantage of the tax breaks they are entitled to.

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Posted under: Survivors