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BREAKING NEWS: Victim Compensation Fund Changes the Eligibility Requirements for WTC-Related Cancers
First Responders, Local residents, office workers and students with cancer may now be able to assert claims
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice made an extremely important change to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). As a result, many cancer victims who missed the deadline to register for compensation can now do so.
Until last week there was a strict two year deadline to register a cancer claim with the VCF. The two years began to run from the date of a cancer diagnosis, which was typically the date on the pathology report. Hundreds, if not thousands of cancer survivors (as well as family members of people who died from a 9/11 illness or cancer) missed the 2 year deadline because they simply didn’t realize that there was a link between their cancer and the WTC toxic dust. They certainly had no idea that they were entitled to compensation.
The new regulation allows people diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers, that doctors have linked to the toxic dust, to register VCF claims within 2 years of the date that they were told by a governmental agency that their cancer was related to their WTC exposure. In other words, the new 2 year deadline begins once the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), or a Governmental Agency such as Workers Compensation or a NYC pension department, specifically rules that your cancer was caused by exposure to the WTC toxic dust. This rule applies not only to WTC responders, but also to local residents, office workers and students; basically anyone who spent time in Manhattan below Canal Street, or at the Staten Island Landfill or NYC Morgue, between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002.
Please help us spread the word about this new regulation. If you know someone who lived or worked downtown and they were diagnosed with cancer they may still be eligible if they get certified now by the WTCHP.
This change is one that we have been lobbying for since doctors first linked cancers to the WTC toxins. It will enable many more people to get the compensation that they deserve. If you want additional information, please call my office at (212) 385-8000.
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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.
Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim
Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.
Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out
A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act.
Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.