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Proving Non-economic Losses in a VCF Claim

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Proving Non-economic Losses in a VCF Claim

For most VCF claimants, non-economic losses represent the bulk of their recovery. While out of pocket costs for medical treatment — as well as lost wages from total or partial disability — can be significant, intangible losses like pain, disfigurement and the inability to fully enjoy life’s pleasures remain a major factor. Unfortunately, proving the… Read More »

9/11 Illness No Longer Bar to Insurance Coverage Under Affordable Care Act

In a 2006 New York Times article, the co-director of Mount Sinai’s World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, Dr. Robin Herbert, stressed the lifelong health consequences faced by ground zero workers: ”There should no longer be any doubt about the health effects of the World Trade Center disaster . . . Our… Read More »

How the DOMA Supreme Court Ruling Helps Spouses of 9/11 Victims

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. As a result, same-sex partners who were legally married in their home state were nonetheless denied federal benefits. In 2002, Kenneth R. Feinberg, the special master of the initial September 11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), announced that gay and lesbian domestic… Read More »

Little Progress on Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)

In a previous post, we outlined some of the various civil suits initiated in U.S. courts against terrorist organizations as well as other entities that allegedly provided funding and support in relation to the 9/11 attacks on New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. While many of these suits are ultimately symbolic in nature, some… Read More »

Issues Affecting Your VCF Award

Once you receive your Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) decision letter, you should expect to receive your first payment within 30 days. The VCF is authorized to pay 10 percent of your total loss in the first installment. The VCF will send you the remainder of your payment sometime between 2016 and 2017. Prior to receiving… Read More »

9/11-Related Compensation Programs

You may have several options to obtain treatment for your 9/11-related injuries or compensation for the death of your loved one under three primary benefits programs: Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program New York State Workers’ Compensation These separate programs have their own requirements, procedures and deadlines. You may be enrolled… Read More »

NY World Trade Center Registry Deadline Approaching Soon

The deadline for registering for the World Trade Center Registry as a 9/11 participant is Sept. 11, 2014. The “participant” designation means that you performed paid or volunteer work related to the World Trade Center attacks in lower Manhattan and that you suffered or may suffer an ailment or injury as a result. Registering is… Read More »

Latest VCF Program Statistics Show Significant Progress

While arguably slow to start, the VCF claims evaluation and compensation process has accelerated as administrators solidify their procedures and work out problems. The latest program data, released on July 3, 2014, shows impressive increases across all facets of the VCF claim process. As of June 30, 2014, the VCF program has achieved the following… Read More »

New Important Deadline Approaches for VCF Candidates

Deadlines are of critical importance for anyone who potentially has a Victims Compensation Fund claim. However, as each important deadline passes, a new one seems to appear on the horizon. This has caused many people to rush or panic unnecessarily, or worse, to erroneously believe they have lost the opportunity to pursue compensation. However, the… Read More »

A Tax Break on Terror-Related Disability Payments: Keep it in Mind

For individuals and families who suffer injury from the September 11 terrorist attacks, there is some tax relief available. In 2002, then-president Bush signed into law the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001. Despite the law, many people are simply unaware of the tax breaks available on disability payments associated with injury from… Read More »

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