9/11 Victim Blog

New Zadroga 9/11 Act Victim Compensation Fund FAQ’s from Justice Department

By Hansen & Rosasco

On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Zadroga Act, which reopens the September 11th Victim Compensation Fundof 2001. The Zadroga Act expanded the scope of the original VCF to enable more individuals who suffered physical injury or death as a result of the September 11th attacks to obtain compensation from the program. The VCF will accept claims for five years and will complete the payment of claims during 2016-17. you must submit your claim within two years of the date you know of the physical injury or death resulting from the attacks (or, if you already know of the physical injury or death in question, within two years of the date that the regulations are finally updated).
Congress has appropriated a fixed sum of money for the VCF. This fixed sum is $2.775 billion. Congress has also determined that $875 million of that total amount may be paid out in the first five years of the VCF program. The remainder may be paid in the sixth year.

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Posted under: Can I file a claim if I was part of the recent 9/11 lawsuit?, FAQs, How long do I have to file a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, How much can an attorney charge to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, Illnesses Covered, Lawyer Representation, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, What medical benefits and monitoring are provided?, Who is eligible for compensation and health benefits?, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum Wins Hearts and Minds of 9/11 Victims at Town Hall Meeting

By Hansen & Rosasco

Ms. Birnbaum directly addressed the difficult issue of whether there was enough total money ($2.8 billion) in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to fully compensate all claimants. Ms. Birnbaum deftly handled all the audience questions. She looked claimants in the eye and did not over-promise. She explained difficult concepts of damages in plain language, while always assuring the claimants that the process would be fair and transparent. She was part therapist, part skilled litigator, part hometown hero and most of all – a friend and advocate for victims.

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Posted under: Can I file a claim if I was part of the recent 9/11 lawsuit?, How much can an attorney charge to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, Illnesses Covered, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

WTC Victim Compensation Fund Lawyer Hansen Quoted on New Zadroga Act Rules

By Hansen & Rosasco

Daniel J. Hansen, a partner at the Zadroga Act Claim law firm of Turley, Hansen & Partners was quoted last week in Metro NY on the new 9 11 Victim Compensation Fund draft rules released by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum. Like his partner Troy Rosasco, Hansen was disappointed that the new rules only permit compensation for “physical harm”, not for psychological injuries. 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum, at a “Town Hall” meeting tomorrow night, 6/29 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the United Federation of Teachers office located at 50 Broadway in lower Manhattan.

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Posted under: How long do I have to file a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, Lawyer Representation, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Who is eligible for compensation and health benefits?

Zadroga 9/11 Special Master Sheila Birnbaum Issues New Rules for Victim Compensation Fund Procedures

By Hansen & Rosasco

Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum has released updated draft regulations regarding Zadroga claims procedures. new rules limit compensation to those claims involving “physical harm”. new rules significantly expand the geographic boundaries for claimants the decisions of Dr. John Howard , Director of the World Trade Center Health Program, on which illnesses will be covered, including certain cancers, will guide the Special Master.
new rules permit the “amendment” of prior Victim Compensation Fund claims made under the original Fund, which closed in December 2003 The Special Master will have to “pro-rate” or reduce the initial awards, which may upset some claimants.

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Posted under: How long do I have to file a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, How much can an attorney charge to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, Illnesses Covered, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, Who is eligible for compensation and health benefits?, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Zadroga Act Lawyers Hansen and Rosasco Interviewed for BBC Documentary Film on 9/11 10th Anniversary

By Hansen & Rosasco

The British Broadcast Corporation (BBC), a worldwide leader in television news reporting, visited our side of the pond last week to interview Turley Hansen Partner Troy Rosasco at our office in The Woolworth Building in lower Manhattan for a documentary commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Troy Rosasco answered questions about the new Zadroga 9/11 Act and re-opening of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. After leaving our office, they were off to interview Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Co-Sponsor of the Zadroga Act in the US House of Representatives.

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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, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Sheila L. Birnbaum Chosen as Zadroga 9/11 Act Victim Compensation Fund Special Master

By Hansen & Rosasco

the choice for the all important Victim Compensation Fund “Special Master” has been named by Attorney General Eric Holder. Sheila L. Birnbaum, one of the nation’s most experienced tort litigators and a Partner at the NYC mega Law Firm of Skadden Arps , will now fill the shoes that were once filled by prior Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. Ms. Birnbaum was recently successful in mediating $500 million of 9/11 litigation claims that were not part of the larger settlement with New York City at the request of federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein.

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Posted under: How long do I have to file a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, How much can an attorney charge to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?, Lawyer Representation, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures

Zadroga Act Attorney Daniel J. Hansen Publishes Article on WTC 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claims

By Hansen & Rosasco

Daniel J. Hansen, one of New York City’s most successful trial attorneys, recently published an article on the new Zadroga 9/11 Act in The Suffolk Lawyer, the official publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association, located in Long Island, New York. Last year, Mr. Hansen obtained a $19.6 million verdict for an injured construction worker. Dan is based out of our NYC office in the historic Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway.
The article details the differences between the original 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the Zadroga Act Fund which is slated to re-open this summer.

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Posted under: First Responders, Illnesses Covered, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, 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 Lawyer Submits Written Comments to NIOSH on Ground Zero WTC Cancers Among First Responders

By Hansen & Rosasco

Supplementing his prior testimony at the NIOSH Zadroga Act Implementation public hearing on March 3, 2011 regarding Ground Zero and cancer, Troy Rosasco of Turley, Hansen & Rosasco submitted written comments to NIOSH recently regarding the inclusion of certain cancers among the list of WTC illnessses covered by the Zadroga 9/11 Act. Now let’s hope that in addition to listening, Dr. Howard and NIOSH decide to include coverage for various cancers under the Zadroga 9/11 Act.

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Posted under: First Responders, Illnesses Covered, Lawyer Representation, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, What medical benefits and monitoring are provided?, Who is eligible for compensation and health benefits?, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Victim Compensation Fund/Zadroga Lawyers Write Article for Suffolk Bar Association Journal

By Hansen & Rosasco

In a recent article published by the Suffolk County  Bar Association in “The Suffolk Lawyer,” Zadroga Act lawyers Troy G. Rosasco and Daniel J. Hansen, continue their efforts to inform the public and now other attorneys about the Zadroga Act and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. http://www.scba.org/suffolk_lawyer/tsl0411.pdf Attorneys Rosasco and Hansen provided a detailed legal analysis to educate other […]

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Posted under: 9/11 Lawyer Representation, 9/11 WTC Compensation Fund Lawyer