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Help is Available: VCF and WTCHP

Two programs provide relief to responders, recovery workers and others injured during the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States or by exposure to debris afterward.

These two programs are the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). Although both programs were established by the same legislation, each has a different mandate and goal.

Consider the following differences:

  • The World Trade Center Health Program. This program provides medical monitoring and treatment to responders, workers, residents, students and others exposed during and after the September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site of the hijacked passenger plane crash. Eligibility for medical services is determined after application to the program and your participation in a screening exam for specific WTC-related health conditions. Health service providers are available to those who live outside the New York area.
  • The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Reopened by the Zadroga Act, the VCF provides compensation to people exposed in the same geographic areas as that covered by the WTCHP. The Fund is open to those who suffered direct injury from terrorist attacks or by clean up and removal of the debris between September 2001 and May 2002. The VCF provides compensation for defined health conditions and is accessed through application to the Fund. Application requires registration and proof of presence in an exposed or other area likely to have caused demonstrable harm.

If you were injured or made ill by the events of September 11, 2001, you should complete your application now. If you have questions, speak with an attorney at our firm.

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Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
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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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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.
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