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Adding Conditions to an Existing VCF Claim

June 12, 2014 | Michael Barasch

Studies have compellingly linked a multitude of conditions affecting various bodily systems to WTC debris exposure. It has become painfully obvious, however, that many exposure victims can find themselves suffering from several of these conditions. In many cases, their illnesses did not manifest all at once but developed incrementally over a long period of time. Those who filed their Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims early or who received additional diagnoses after filing may feel they missed out on a portion of the benefits to which they are entitled.

Fortunately, a VCF eligibility or compensation application is not set in stone, even after it has been finalized and accepted by the Special Master’s office. You are able to amend your application, even after it is under review or has been adjudicated, under the following circumstances:

  • You receive a new diagnosis for a 9/11-related condition after filing.
  • Your current conditions significantly worsen, creating further economic hardship such as a reduced ability to work or additional medical expenses.
  • You have suffered new economic losses even if your medical condition has not worsened.
  • You have new information to submit that you believe is pertinent to the amount of your economic loss.

It is possible that submitting new information or otherwise amending your claim may delay the processing of your application. However, if presenting new evidence could strengthen your case for eligibility or increase your benefits, it is almost certainly worthwhile. Consult with an experienced VCF compensation attorney at Barasch & McGarry.  We can review your new information to help determine if it is pertinent and helpful to your claim.

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