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