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VCF Adds Deputy Special Master

Administering the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is a significant responsibility. Despite notable progress, the Special Master and her staff have faced criticism for the pace at which claims are being processed. As of October 2013, the VCF had a staff of 75, including 11 attorneys working directly under the Special Master. The Special Master… Read More »

Are the Statistics on Your Side?

Statistics show that getting your Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claim approved depends mostly on whether the VCF has adequate documentation. At the end of January, 2014, the VCF Program  released statistics that give you an idea of the number of claims that fail to move through the system and why. Before the VCF even reviews… Read More »

How Does the VCF Pay Your Award?

After the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) determines that you are eligible for an award, you have the right to accept the amount awarded or appeal if you believe the amount is inadequate. If you accept the award, you receive an initial payment within 20 days from your acceptance date. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)… Read More »

How Do You Handle Medical Information for a VCF Claim?

Initially, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) planned to reach out directly to physicians and gather medical information for claimants. However, most physicians preferred direct requests from patients instead. Consequently, patients work with their physicians to provide the necessary information for VCF claims. Also, claimants must pay for the expenses involved with the physician documenting records… Read More »

Current Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) vs. Initial VCF

How does the current Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) differ from the initial VCF closed in 2004? The first iteration of the VCF was the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, administered by Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. This version of the VCF closed in 2004. It had the advantage of being backed by the entire U.S. Treasury…. Read More »

VCF Appeals Hearings Underway in New York

In January of this year, the first September 11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) appeal hearings were held in New York City. Rulings on claims and appeals hearings are finally underway.  For victims of 9/11, the wait for compensation has been trying. After filing a claim and required documentation, many victims have waited years for their… Read More »

New Cancers Added to World Trade Center Health Conditions

In February of this year, four cancers were proposed for addition to conditions treated by the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program.  In the past, the administrator of the WTC Health Program has added to the list of health conditions known to be associated with the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States…. Read More »

The VCF: Who Is in Charge?

The September 11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) was created to provide compensation to people injured and killed because of the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. By law, operation of the VCF requires a Special Master to administer the fund.  In 2011, Sheila Birnbaum was appointed by United States Attorney General Eric Holder… Read More »

What If You Missed the October 3, 2013 VCF Fund Deadline?

An important deadline to register a claim with the World Trade Center (WTC) Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) recently passed. The VCF and state and federal agencies performed significant outreach to ensure news of the deadline was circulated to potential claimants. If you are just receiving word of the deadline and have a claim, knowing your… Read More »

Do Not Miss This: VCF Deadlines

As with any legal claim or lawsuit, you must understand the time frame when you can file a claim. If you wait too long after suffering a personal injury, you can lose your right to recover compensation. For claims made to the World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), you may lose your right to… Read More »

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