Lot’s of good news came from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) today.
First, after an over seven month suspension following the passage of the new 9/11 Zadroga Reauthorization Act, the Victim Compensation Fund is now officially accepting new claims. We will have a lot of happy clients!
The Fund released today a new single “claim form” for both “eligibility” and “compensation” determinations. Previously, 9/11 claimants or their attorneys had to complete two separate forms and wait for a determination on “eligibility” prior to submitting a form claiming “compensation”. See the hard copy version of the new 16 page 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claim form here. The new single comprehensive claim form should speed the processing of claims and do away with one extra hurdle of appeal.
Turley Hansen will start filing new client claims pending since last December beginning tomorrow. Four of our paralegals participated in a special training session at the Department of Justice offices today to learn about the new claim form and online filing procedures. See the important New 9/11 Victim Compensation Document Checklist that you should follow before filing any claim here.
Second, the new 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master, Rupa Bhattacharyya, introduced herself in a special message. Her message, filled with both compassion and professionalism, gives us every impression that she will be more than able to fill the big shoes left by former Special Master Sheila Birnbaum. See some of her comments below:
As I assume my responsibilities as Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”), I do so with great humility and deep appreciation for the significant progress the VCF team has made under Sheila Birnbaum’s steady leadership since the passage of the Zadroga Act in 2010 and its reauthorization in December 2015. I also come into the position with an acute awareness of the urgency of continuing that work so that claims are processed promptly and efficiently in order to provide full compensation to those who have suffered as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I want to thank Sheila for her compassion and dedication to designing, implementing and operating a program for the last five years that is transparent and fair and attuned to the needs and concerns of our claimants. As we move through this transition period, I have made clear to the VCF staff that our number one priority is to process and pay claims with thoughtful consideration and without unnecessary delay. There will be no slowdown while I get up to speed.
I think we have a winner!
If you have questions about the “New 9/11 Victim Compensation Claim Form” , a 9/11 cancer compensation claim or where your previously filed claim may be in the process given the reopening of the VCF, call one of our 9/11 attorneys at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).