9/11 Victim Blog

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Open for “Eligibility” Determinations

By Hansen & Rosasco

Now, a claimant can file online to see if they are “eligible” for possible compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Actual VCF “compensation claim” forms will still not be available until the end of November. Click here for a downloadable PDF Instruction Sheet for filing 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims.

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Posted under: FAQs, Illnesses Covered, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Who is considered a "WTC Responder" under the Zadroga 9/11 Act?, Who is eligible for compensation and health benefits?, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Opens October 3rd for Registration Only

By Hansen & Rosasco

The new Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund officially opened for business today. In a surprise move, VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum has establissed a three step “phased in” application process starting today. Attorneys (or claimants without representation) can immediately “register” for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund here. A new “Eligibility Form” will be released to the public on or about 10/28/2011. On or about November 28, 2011, the Special Master will finally release the actual “Compensation Claim Form”. Eligible claimants will be able to see a new “Document Checklist” so they or their representatives can start assembling all necessary documents to perfect the claim.

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Posted under: Lawyer Representation, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Will Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Application Forms be Ready on October 3rd?

By Hansen & Rosasco

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Final Rules state that the Fund will be “open” to receive claims next Monday, October 3, 2011. However, to date, the all important 9/11 VCF application forms and claim filing instructions have not been posted on the Department of Justice website. Zadroga attorneys will then have a chance to digest the forms and begin the process of assembling all the information necessary for their clients to receive both the “economic damages” and “non-economic damages” they deserve.
As soon as the new 9/11 VCF forms are available, we will post them here.

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Posted under: Lawyer Representation, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Lawline Offers Free 9/11 Zadroga Claim Webcast and CLE with Troy Rosasco

By Hansen & Rosasco

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Final Rules were published by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum on August 29th, 2011. What changes were made from the “draft rules” which came out June 21st?
When will the 9/11 Fund be open for new claims?
Is an attorney necessary to file a and how much can they charge?
Does the 9/11 Fund have enough money to pay out all of the expected claims? How many claims are expected?

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Posted under: Lawyer Representation, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

New FDNY Scientific Study in the Lancet Medical Journal Links Cancer to 9/11 Ground Zero Toxic Exposure

By Hansen & Rosasco

a new scientific study linking 9/11 toxic exposure at Ground Zero among NYC firefighters and certain types of cancers will be published next month in the prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet.
concrete scientific evidence that Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum needs to allow first responders with certain cancers to file for compensation under the new Zadroga 9 11 Act.

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Posted under: Illnesses Covered, Lawyer Representation, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Zadroga 9 11 Act Victim Compensation Fund Final Rules Published – “Crash Site” Expanded to Below Canal Street to Include Chinatown

By Hansen & Rosasco

Zadroga Act Special Master Sheila Birnbaum today issued the long awaited Zadroga Act 911 Victim Compenstion Fund Final Rules & Comments. See the Zadroga Act Final Rule Press Release here. Perhaps the most important change which resulted from the numerous comments to the draft rules was the expansion of the “crash site” to the area below Canal Street in lower Manhattan (including a good portion of Chinatown). Unfortunately, the Special Master is still excluding both cancer and PTSD from compensation coverage. At this time, I am of the opinion that their is still a 50% chance that cancer will be eventually be covered under the Zadroga Act Victim Compensation Fund.

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Posted under: Illnesses Covered, Lawyer Representation, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Zadroga 9/11 Claim Lawyer Rosasco Lectures on New Proposed Victim Compensation Fund Rules

By Hansen & Rosasco

This follows my previous video lecture for Lawline regarding Zadroga 9/11 Act claims. I am sure that I will be writing and lecturing about the Final Zadroga Act Rules when they come out. I am predicting that theFinal Zadroga Act Rules will not be released until after the tenth anniversary of September 11th so as to not cause any controversy prior to that solemn event. This will allow the 9 11 Victim Compensation Fund to hopefully reopen in October for new claims as VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum has previously stated.

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Posted under: Lawyer Representation, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, World Trade Center Health Program

Zadroga Act Lawyer Hansen Appears on CNN and FOX News to Discuss Cancer Insult

By Hansen & Rosasco

Daniel J. Hansen of Turley, Hansen & Rosasco appeared last week on CNN and Fox News to criticize the decision of Dr. John Howard to exclude cancer from the conditions covered for both treatment and compensation under the Zadroga 9/11 Act. The failure of the federal government to currently include certain cancers for Zadroga 9/11 Act health benefits and compensation is an national disgrace. This decision by Dr. Howard is particularly puzzling because many of the expert medical doctors working in his own World Trade Center Treatment Program have written reports for their WTC victims stating that their cancers are related to Ground Zero toxic exposure.

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Posted under: Illnesses Covered, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Who is eligible for compensation and health benefits?, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Zadroga 9/11 Town Hall Forums Scheduled for New Jersey, Queens and Long Island

By Hansen & Rosasco

Zadroga 9/11 Act Special Master Sheila Birnbaum just announced a new series of Zadroga Act Town Hall Forums sponsored by the Justice Department for 9/11 victims and first responders in the next two weeks. Special thanks is due our friend and 9/11 Advocate Nicole B. Simpson for her hard work helping coordinate the New Jersey Zadroga Act forum.

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Posted under: FAQs, Illnesses Covered, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures