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Clinton Supports Reauthorization of Zadroga Act

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Clinton Supports Reauthorization of Zadroga Act

We recently commemorated the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and with it has come renewed calls for action on the re-authorization of the James L. Zadroga Act, a federal law that provides health care benefits and compensation to firefighters, responders and other first responders that day. It also provides benefits to family… Read More »

Huffington Post Reminds Us of 9/11 Responders’ Sacrifices

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are etched in the minds of most Americans. However, it can be easy to forget the real impact that day had — and continues to have — for individuals and families who were part of the tragic event.  On the anniversary of the event this year, the Huffington… Read More »

‘Stair Climbs’ Memorialize Heroics of NYC Firefighters, First Responders

Few people can truly imagine what it must have been like to be trapped in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. What’s even more difficult to believe is that so many firefighters rushed into the two towers to rescue as many people as possible, climbing countless stairs while knowing that… Read More »

Victims, Volunteers Still Waiting on Much-Needed Assistance

It’s tough to believe, but 13 years later there are still people who were significantly impacted by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 who are still waiting to receive the assistance they desperately need.  Consider the case of Jaime Hazan, a volunteer and first responder who assisted in the immediate aftermath of the attacks in September… Read More »

Firefighters’ Deaths Lead to Calls for Expanding Zadroga Act

On September 22, 2014, three firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 all died on the same day due to cancer stemming from exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals on that day 13 years ago.  Retired FDNY Lt. Howard Bischoff and firefighters Daniel Heglund and Robert Leaver, who were also retired,… Read More »

VCF Claims Management System (CMS) Helps Law Firms More Effectively Represent Their Clients

Substantiating a Victims Compensation Fund Claim, both initial eligibility as well as amount of compensation, is an extremely paper-intensive task. A thorough presentation can require reams of documents ranging from medical records to tax returns, utility bills, deeds, leases, pay stubs, time sheets and much, much more. Keeping track of all this material and keeping… Read More »

What Are My Options If My Injuries Are Not a Presumptively Covered Condition?

Presumptively covered conditions are those that have been definitely linked to 9/11. Generally, the Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) covers only injuries and diseases on this list. However, the VCF amends its list periodically. For example, the VCF amended its list to include several types of cancer in October 2012, added prostate cancer in October 2013… Read More »

Working with VCF Once Your Claim is Approved

Receiving a favorable compensation decision from the VCF may seem like a hollow victory until you actually have the money in hand, especially if you and your family are struggling to make ends meet. Fortunately, the VCF administrators have taken steps to streamline the payment process and avoid many of the issues and delays that… Read More »

Certification of Cancer for WTC Health Program Treatment

The nature of cancer can make it difficult to link conclusively to an event. However, researchers have determined that exposure to certain known carcinogens can cause cancer. Yet, until June 2012, authorities did not acknowledge the probable link to cancer for hundreds of responders, residents and workers at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and the Shanksville… Read More »

Who is Responsible for Uncovering VCF Fraud?

Whenever there is money involved, fraud is a concern. The Victims Compensation Fund is no exception, especially in light of several high-profile cases of fraud that occurred during the administration of the first VCF. Fortunately, it has been very encouraging that cases of fraud have thus far been few and far between in the new… Read More »

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