The new Zadroga Reauthorization Act of 2015 creates two groups of claims – Group A and Group B:
- Group A: If you received a letter notifying you of your compensation award dated on or before December 17, 2015, your claim is in Group A. Group A is now “closed”.
- Group B: If you have not received a letter dated December 17, 2015 or earlier notifying you of your compensation award, your claim is in Group B.
The main difference between Group A and Group B claims are that the new Reauthorization law caps non-economic (pain and suffering) damages for a single cancer claim at $250,000 and for non-cancer claims at $90,000. It should be noted that these new “official caps” are not substantially different than the awards we saw for similar conditions in Group A.
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund began issuing new Group B compensation award decisions in August 2016. Soon after the Fund started issuing new decisions, Turley Hansen obtained it’s highest award to date for a 9/11 cancer client – $3.4 million. Therefore, it does not appear that the new caps are impacting award amounts substantially for cancer claims at this time.