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Beware of 9/11 Early Payment Programs

As many claimants continue to await payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, some ailing first responders and other victims are becoming increasingly desperate because they need the payments for their medical bills and living expenses. Some companies have responded to this need by offering to float advance payment of VCF benefits to victims with apparently valid claims. But not all of these companies are legitimate, and even those that are may extract higher fees than you realize.

This type of arrangement is common in civil litigation. Many companies offer to make immediate payments to personal injury plaintiffs in exchange for some or all of their eventual settlements. Some companies are now offering the same service to VCF claimants. It is important to keep in mind that these arrangements are not endorsed or approved by the special master of the Victim Compensation Fund or any federal agency.

If you are considering seeking an advance on your expected VCF payment, be cautious. Before signing on for such arrangement, do your research and learn the facts:

  • Make sure the company is legitimate
  • Know the amount of the VCF benefits you are likely to receive, so you can understand how much the advance actually costs
  • Make sure you won’t have to pay back the advance if your claim ultimately is denied
  • Make sure you won’t have to pay back any shortfall if your VCF benefits turn out to be less than your advance

If you are a VCF claimant who needs to consider an advance on your benefits, our Zadroga Act lawyers can help you determine whether the lender is legitimate and its fees are reasonable.

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    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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