The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) was created to provide compensation for any individual (or family of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes. The original VCF operated from 2001-2004.
On January 2, 2011, the President signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act). This law Zadroga Act reopened the original the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The reopened Fund began operations in October 2011 and was authorized to operate for a period of five years, ending in October 2016.
Recognizing that many first responders and survivors who worked in rescue, recovery and debris removal at Ground Zero were continuing to fight 9/11 related illnesses , including cancer, the entire 9/11 community pushed Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga Act of 2010.
On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law a bill reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. This included the reauthorization of the Victim Compensation Fund for another five years. 9/11 responders and victims can now submit claims for monetary compensation (including lost wages and “pain & suffering”damages) until December 18, 2020.
9/11 survivors, even if not responders or workers on the pile at Ground Zero, who are eligible for compensation include those who were residents in lower Manhattan, workers in local office buildings, cleaners and students in lower Manhattan after the attacks.
However, there are strict deadlines to meet prior to December 18, 2020 based upon your date of diagnosis of your 9/11 related condition. You should consult a 9/11 attorney as soon as you know or believe your 9/11 illness, such as cancer, is diagnosed so you do not miss the stringent VCF deadlines.
Should you have questions about medical care or an award for lung cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.