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Adding Conditions to an Existing VCF Claim

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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    I was diagnosed with WTC sinusitis and filed and received compensations few years ago.
    I now am told I need sinus surgery as my condition progressed.
    Would I be able to amend my applicsrion after my surgery.?

    Hi Lawrence, it is best to contact your Claim Admin, Mike Mendez, at our office: 212-385-8000. Thank you.

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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