9/11 Victim Blog

Can I Amend My VCF Claim to Add a New Condition If I’ve Already Received an Award?

March 28, 2018

By on The Victims' Compensation Fund

Not all 9/11-related illnesses and medical conditions make themselves known at the same time. Years can go by between the diagnosis of one condition and the diagnosis of a separate 9/11 illness or cancer. Additionally, new conditions continue to be certified as 9/11-related and thus eligible for treatment through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). As such, it is not unusual for 9/11 victim compensation claimants to learn new information or be diagnosed with additional conditions after they file their initial claim and receive an award from the 9/11 Victim… READ ARTICLE

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Issues Status Report Outlining Progress Made Since Zadroga Act Reauthorization

March 23, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

By law, the Special Master who administers the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) must issue an annual status report outlining the fund’s activities for the previous year. The reports identify progress and any shortcomings in processing claims and awarding compensation to thousands of first-responders, recovery workers and other individuals who have suffered from cancer and other illnesses relating to the September 11th attacks. VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya, who took over administration of the fund in 2016, issued the latest status report in February 2018. Among the issues highlighted in the report were the following: 2017 was the year with… READ ARTICLE

Trump Administration Plans for WTC Health Program Draw Strong Bipartisan Condemnation

March 21, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 was reauthorized in 2015. This was no small accomplishment. It took the commitment of thousands of individuals who were advocates for victims, first responders, and recovery workers effected by the September 11th attacks. The 9/11 victim compensation attorneys at Turley, Hansen & Partner actively and proudly assisted the “Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act” in passing this important piece of legislation that provides benefits, treatment, and compensation to the thousands of individuals and families dealing with 9/11-related illnesses and losses. Now, however, all of that progress is… READ ARTICLE

I’ve Been Denied Disability or Worker’s Comp Benefits for My 9/11-Related Condition. Can Turley Hansen Help Me?

February 28, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

Since shortly after the Twin Towers fell, Turley Hansen & Rosasco has been fighting on behalf of 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, and their families to get them the resources they need to recover. We continue to do so every single day. Often, this involves helping individuals and families with 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims. The VCF was established to provide compensation for losses related to physical illnesses and conditions caused by 9/11. But the VCF is not the only potential source of compensation for 9/11-related illnesses. The conditions caused by 9/11 exposure can and do impede victims’… READ ARTICLE

New Study Finds That 9/11 Firefighters and First Responders with Sarcoidosis Are at Higher Risk for Extrathoracic Disease

February 21, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

As the years have passed since that horrible day the World Trade Center was brought down, researchers keep learning more about the long-term health consequences to firefighters and first responders related to the inhalation of toxic dust and other hazardous materials at and around Ground Zero. A recent example is a study published in the medical journal Chest which found a high incidence of extrathoracic disease in World Trade Center firefighters and rescue workers who developed sarcoidosis after 9/11. What is Sarcoidosis? The recent study is a follow up to a previous report which documented the link between 9/11 exposure… READ ARTICLE

Daily News Joins Chorus of Voices Urging Federal Agencies and NY Pension Boards to Get Their Acts Together for 9/11 Victims

January 31, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

On the heels of an increasing number of stories about 9/11 victims being denied compensation, benefits, or care for conditions that have already been certified as 9/11-related, the New York Daily News published an editorial urging certain federal agencies and New York City pension authorities to clear roadblocks which they have placed in the way of victims. The editorial asked two specific questions: “Why is the federal labor department at odds with the rest of the U.S. government and universal opinion of the medical and scientific community in recognizing that the airborne toxins released in the destruction of the World… READ ARTICLE