You have been living with the challenges caused by your 9/11-related illness or injury for a long time. You have also endured the often-lengthy 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims process, working with your 9/11 lawyer to complete your claim application and assemble and submit all required documentation. Now, at long last, the VCF has approved your claim and issued an award of compensation. But when will that money reach your bank account?
The timing of when your payment will arrive largely depends on whether or not you appeal your award decision. You may choose to appeal your award decision if you believe that the VCF did not properly calculate your award based on your level of disability.
- If you appeal your award decision: You have 30 days after the date of your award to file an appeal. No payments will be made during that 30-day period whether you appeal or not. But if you do file an appeal, the VCF won’t start to process your payment until a decision is made on your appeal. Once that decision is issued and sent to you, then the payment process starts. It may take up to 20 days after the start of the payment process for the VCF’s Special Master to authorize your payment. Once authorized, the payment then gets processed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Treasury Department. This process can take up to three weeks, meaning that you can likely expect your payment within 2-1/2 months after your appeal letter is issued.
- If you don’t appeal your award decision: If you are satisfied with your initial 9/11 compensation award, you still must wait for the 30-day appeal window to close before the VCF begins processing your claim. Then, the process proceeds as set forth above: it may take up to 20 days for the Special Master to authorize your payment, followed by Department of Justice and Treasury Department processing, which may take up to an additional 3 weeks. This means your payment should be issued to your specified bank account within 2-1/2 months from the date of your award letter.
If you had a Group B claim, the funding for your claim became available on October 1, 2016 and the VCF began issuing payments on that date. Group B payments will not be pro-rated, and your claim will be paid in full at the time the payment is processed.
Of course, a decision on your claim and any payment you may be entitled to receive can be delayed if you fail to file a strong and sufficient initial VCF compensation claim. Avoiding delays caused by incomplete applications is just one of the reasons that over 80% of all claimants hire a 9/11 attorney.
The 9/11 lawyers at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco have recovered over $75 million in 9/11 victim compensation for over 1200 clients. We are the only law firm in the nation that focuses exclusively on representing victims, first responders, recovery workers, and their families for their 9/11-related illnesses and injuries. Please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (982-4636) or fill out our contact form to schedule a free claim review today.