Posted Mar 20, 2019 by Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation
As if the aftermath of 9/11 could not possibly get worse – it has. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which compensates responders and survivors with 9/11-related cancers, is running out of money. All VCF awards are now being slashed by 50% – 70%. This will continue and likely get even worse – unless Congress restores additional funding.
The Victim Compensation Fund – established in 2011 with a budget capped at $7.375 billion – now has just about $2 billion left to pay tens of thousands of future claims for 9/11 victims, which include the growing number of claims for cancer and wrongful deaths. Rupa Bhattacharyya, the VCF Special Master, stated that the award for all new 9/11 VCF claims will be reduced, across-the-board, by 70%. Compounding this grim reality is the fact that there are now 20,000 sick or injured claimants (many suffering from a 9/11-caused cancer or have since died from exposure to 9/11 toxins) who have not been given an award. There are also likely thousands more people who will get sick from 9/11 toxic exposure that are expected to file claims before the Victim Compensation Fund expires at the end of 2020.
In addition to the sadness and outrage many feel over these new developments, questions are being asked: “How and why did the money in the Victim Compensation Fund decrease so quickly?”
One answer may simply be that “9/11 cancers have no deadlines.” Each and every day, the 9/11 lawyers at Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP speak with another 9/11 responder or survivor who has just been diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer. And this is more than 17 years after the terrorist attacks!
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes that 9/11-caused cancers have no deadline. The WTCHP has concluded that – based upon many studies of responders, residents, and downtown NYC area workers – years go by before exposure to 9/11 environmental airborne and waterborne toxins will lead to the diagnosis of a 9/11-caused cancer. For example, the WTCHP found that people at or near Ground Zero will be diagnosed with mesothelioma at least 11 years after their exposure to the 9/11 toxins. And even more are likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer as many as 20 or 30 years after having been exposed to the fallout from 9/11.
As of this writing, appeals are being made to Congress to rectify this horrific situation in whatever way possible. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representatives Peter King, Jerry Nadler, and Carolyn Maloney are co-sponsoring – along with others in Congress – legislation which would ensure those who proved eligibility for filing a claim with the VCF would be compensated fully.
You can help now! Press the “Take Action “link below to see if your senators or representatives support permanent funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. If, not, this link from the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act will put you in touch with their office so that you can tell your member of Congress you want them to support full funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Thank you for your much needed assistance so that you and all 9/11 victims can receive 100% of the compensation you deserve for your 9/11-related illnesses, including cancer.
The attorneys and legal staff of Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP have represented thousands of people who became seriously ill as a result of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. We have met and advocated for many – from first responders and their families to those who happened to live, work, or even visit the surrounding area of Ground Zero between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002.
If you became sick due to a 9/11-related illness, we urge you to still file a claim for the Victim Compensation Fund. Despite the recent and discouraging developments, you still deserve a chance to be heard and the possibility of an award of compensation. Our law firm’s efforts – along with those made by these legislators – may hopefully take effect at some point in the future and get you 100% of the compensation all 9/11 victims deserve. For further information about your rights, what you can expect, and to have any questions answered, contact Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP today at 1-855-982-4636. Thank you.