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Current Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) vs. Initial VCF

*** UPDATE: Since the date of this blog post, the deadline for filing a claim with the Victim Compensation Fund has been extended until December 18, 2020. ***

How does the current Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) differ from the initial VCF closed in 2004?

The first iteration of the VCF was the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, administered by Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. This version of the VCF closed in 2004. It had the advantage of being backed by the entire U.S. Treasury. The purpose of the fund was to help victims who were injured or killed strictly by the terrorist attacks, which made it less broad in scope than the current VCF.

In Special Master Sheila Birnbaum’s NYU Law annual alumni speech, she explains that when the VCF reopened in 2011 it had a different, more expansive focus. However, the new iteration of the VCF also had certain limitations:

  • The total available monetary amount was $2.775 billion, which also included fund administration costs.
  • In the first five years of the fund, only $875 million could be distributed.
  • The remaining fund amounts became dispensable in the sixth and final year of the fund.
  • The official closing date of this VCF is October 3, 2016.

The current VCF extends to first responders, residents and others exposed to Ground Zero debris who suffered injury or adverse physical conditions that are 9/11-related. The last date for accepting most claims to this VCF was in 2013. However, the claims may still be submitted for those with 9/11-related, latent physical conditions that were not evident prior to the closing date and were diagnosed subsequent to the final submission date.

The experienced attorneys at Barasch & McGarry assist clients with all aspects of their claims, including appeals, if necessary.

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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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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.

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