By Michael Barasch | Published March 30, 2020 | | |
The recently enacted extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund helps not only individuals who have yet to file a claim but also those who were previously denied due to late filings. Under the previous rules, family members of people who died of a Ground Zero-related illness had only two years from the date of Read MoreRead More
Let me begin by acknowledging the Coronavirus health crisis and expressing my sincere hope that you are taking good care of yourself. I am very concerned about the 9/11 community. You are among the most vulnerable since many of you have serious respiratory illnesses and cancers. Please follow the recommendations from the CDC and, as Read MoreRead More
The short answer is yes. If you paid for care for your compensable condition out-of-pocket, either because treatment was not available through the WTC Health Program at the time or because of another reason, reimbursement for those costs is generally available from the VCF. The longer answer, however, is that the VCF only reimburses for Read MoreRead More
Like you, we’re closely monitoring the latest news about the coronavirus. It is our mission to serve the 9/11 community, and we will continue our work throughout this health crisis. Our office is open, and our dedicated attorneys and staff are hard at work. In an abundance of caution, some of our staff will begin Read MoreRead More
Not everybody is familiar with the terminology that the WTC Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund use to classify the populations they serve. Here’s a quick primer: General Responders: This category is for people who worked or, in some cases, volunteered down at the WTC site on September 11th or during any part of the Read MoreRead More
Written by: Richie Alles Many people seem to forget that New York’s World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists not once but twice. The first time was in 1993, in what seemed to be a more innocent era. Simply stated, we as Americans didn’t want to think about terrorism on our own shores. I believe Read MoreRead More
Tune in to hear Ret. FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles join podcast host Brian Kirsch of 40lexstudios as they launch the first episode of a new podcast titled ‘Generation: 9/11.’ The podcast was created to share stories of those who were affected by their exposure to the toxic dust from 9/11 and the months that Read MoreRead More
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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.
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.
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