Severe illness or injury related to 9/11 inevitably results in economic losses such as lost wages, job loss or loss of career. By comparison, non-economic losses are less tangible, such as pain and suffering. However they are also compensable. People have concerns about being compensated for such losses and rightly so.
It is important to calculate economic and non-economic losses correctly prior to submitting a claim. The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has rules for computing economic losses and the Federal Register publishes the final rules through the Department of Justice Website at the VCF website. By working with a law firm experienced in 9/11 claims and appeals, you can ensure correct calculations and that all vital details get included in your claim. Factors the Zadroga Act takes into consideration include:
- Whether physical injury resulting from 9/11 resulted in loss of earnings
- Whether a career was cut short resulting in decreased pension earnings and other employment benefits
- Replacement services loss
- Determination of future losses for victims who are minors based on projected educational attainment as related to demographics
Non-economic losses under the Zadroga Act are addressed by final rules also and include compensation based on the following:
- Physical and emotional pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Hedonic damages
- Injury to reputation
- Any other non-monetary losses of any kind or nature
Discuss benefits that apply to your case with an experienced 9/11 attorney at Barasch & McGarry and work to recover compensation that meets your needs.