9/11 was one of the darkest days in American history. Though the years continue to pass since that fateful September morning, the pain, illness and trauma caused by the attacks remain a daily presence in the lives of thousands of victims, first responders and their families.
As a country, we came together to help those impacted by the attacks. When it became clear that those in and around Ground Zero on 9/11 and thereafter were developing a wide range of health problems, the federal government responded by establishing a fund to provide compensation and resources to victims and their families.
The Zadroga Act was passed and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) and World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) were created But just as these vital programs were put in place only after victims, responders, and committed advocates pushed for them, victims seeking compensation for 9/11-related illnesses and injuries often have to struggle and push to get the benefits they are eligible for.
The challenges of seeking and obtaining compensation is one reason why over 80% of all 9/11 victims choose to have a 9/11 lawyer assist them with their claims. If you believe you are suffering from or have been diagnosed with a 9/11-related health condition, an experienced 9/11 attorney can help you get the benefits you need and deserve. But what qualities should you look for when looking for a 9/11 compensation lawyer?
Quite simply: Experience and Commitment.
Unlike other broad areas of the law such as personal injury or criminal defense, 9/11 compensation claims are based on unique, recent and often-changing laws. There are very specific and complicated rules and procedures that apply to VCF claims. Lawyers who may be skilled in other aspects of the law can still find themselves at a loss when attempting to navigate such an unfamiliar and new system. The effectiveness of a 9/11 attorney is going to be directly related to their experience handling VCF and Zadroga Act claims.
At Turley Hansen & Partners, we were helping survivors and first responders recover compensation within weeks after 9/11. In October 2001, Turley Hansen partner Troy Rosasco received a call from a widow who lost her husband when the Towers fell. He took her case and represented her and her children for free, getting them all the compensation they rightfully deserved.
Since then, Turley Hansen has recovered over $100 million for over 1600 clients from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. We are the only law firm in the country focused exclusively on obtaining compensation for victims, first responders, and recovery workers suffering from 9/11-related illnesses. This extensive experience and singular focus on 9/11 claims means we know how the system works and know how to most effectively get you the maximum amount of compensation possible.
The losses experienced by 9/11 victims are deeply personal. Those who are living with cancer, injuries or other 9/11-related health problems as well as those who have lost a loved one because of such conditions need and deserve help. It is not simply a matter of dollar and cents, and 9/11 claims shouldn’t be treated as just cases or files.
A lawyer who has the privilege to represent 9/11 claimants should understand this. A Zadroga Act claim attorney should bring a demonstrated commitment and passion to helping this unique family of clients. For years, Turley Hansen has been a leader in the fight to obtain compensation and resources for 9/11 victims. Turley Hansen actively fought with our friends in the 9/11 community for passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Reauthorization Act of 2015 and continues to fight tirelessly for the rights of those impacted by 9/11 and its aftermath.
If you have questions or concerns regarding claims for 9/11 compensation, we welcome the opportunity to assist you. Please call Turley Hansen & Partners, LLP at 1-855-WTC-INFO (982-4636) or fill out our contact form to schedule a free claim review today.