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Failure to Reauthorize Zadroga Bill is Congress’ Shame (Editorial)

The Staten Island Advance has published a scathing editorial criticizing hypocritical politicians for failing to support the extension of the Zadroga Act.  With so many first responders and local residents diagnosed with life-threatening cancers that have been linked to the toxic World Trade Center dust, it is a disgrace that Congress hasn’t done the right […]

Why Congress must reauthorize and extend the Victim Compensation Fund

The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund is a Financial Lifesaver For Responders and Rescue Workers Rendered Disabled by World Trade Center Related Illnesses Failure to Fully Fund the Zadroga Act will lead to Devastating Results for the Men and Women that the Statute is supposed to Aid and Protect. Much has been written in recent years about […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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. […]


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