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9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Has Awarded More Than $800 Million

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9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Has Awarded More Than $800 Million

Since the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, individuals and their families harmed by the attacks have sought compensation from the U.S. government which initially assured first responders and downtown Manhattan residents that “the air (was) safe.”   When it became clear that disabling respiratory illnesses and other diseases were linked to the WTC toxic… Read More »

Former Deputy Commissioner and 9/11 Rescue Leader Dies

The deputy commissioner and senior advisor in the Office of the Mayor has died of brain cancer. Ronald Cohen of Eltingville was known and widely appreciated for his role in leading rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Cohen was 47. Cohen served as an instrumental figure following the tragic… Read More »

Many 9/11 Victims Still Await Relief

September 11, 2001 was a tragic and devastating day in our nation’s history. It was also, however, a day that many heroes emerged. Among them were first responders and volunteers who braved the toxic clouds and dangerous conditions to help victims reach safety. Sadly, long after the dust settled, many of these brave individuals began… Read More »

9/11 Health Claims CEO Quits After a Decade

9/11 health claims CEO Christine LaSala recently quit after 10 years of work. LaSala managed the $1 billion federal fund that handled claims related to the cleanup at Ground Zero. The CEO was no stranger to controversy, as she faced a great deal of criticism regarding her salary as president and CEO of WTC Captive… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Attorney Fees for VCF Representation

One of the most common reasons that people hesitate to consult an attorney following a personal injury or other loss is the fear that the attorney’s fees could consume a substantial portion of whatever award they receive. However, in nearly all cases the enhanced rewards you receive coupled with the stress and uncertainty you avoid… Read More »

Proving You or Your Loved One Was Present at Ground Zero or the Pentagon on 9/11

To be eligible for 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund benefits, you must prove that you were present during or immediately after the terrorist attack. If you are applying for loss of your loved one, you must prove that she or he was present and died as a result of 9/11-related injuries or disease. Proof of presence… Read More »

What to Expect at a VCF Hearing

The VCF hearing process has been largely uncharted territory, owing in part to the fact that the Zadroga Act did not provide any detailed guidelines for adjudicating contested VCF eligibility and compensation decisions. Indeed, the first such hearings have only taken place within the last year. However, consistent with the purpose of the Act, the… Read More »

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