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I Received My VCF Award – Now What? Stay in Touch with Your Lawyer! You and Your Family May Be Entitled to Additional Compensation in the Future

From the moment we speak to a new client, foremost on our mind is making sure that they get the compensation they deserve, as quickly as possible. That is why the most gratifying moments we experience as attorneys for the 9/11 community are when we hand a 9/11 responder or survivor their Victim Compensation Fund award. Prior to the health crisis, this was usually done in person. These face-to-face meetings were critically important, because we didn’t just give our clients their awards, we also gave them essential information about their future rights.

Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, VCF claimants who receive an award do not waive their future legal rights. They can amend their claims where appropriate, and may receive additional compensation from the VCF. We want to make absolutely sure that our clients understand the circumstances that will trigger a right to additional compensation. If you received an award from the first VCF between 2001 and 2004, you are entitled to amend if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers linked to 9/11 toxins.

Due to the pandemic, we have had very few clients come to our office, and that is prudent. The 9/11 community must be especially careful to avoid getting sick. Instead, we have been mailing our clients their checks. We always include a letter explaining that there may be a right to additional compensation from the VCF in the future, but we fear that this message does not sink in quite the way that it does when we meet in person.

Therefore, we are reminding all of our clients, especially, those of you who have received your awards, that you or your family may be eligible for additional compensation for any of the following reasons:

  • You are diagnosed with a new 9/11-related illness.
  • A minor condition for which you were awarded minimal compensation progresses to the point where it interferes substantially with your life.
  • You are found disabled from employment.
    • Many responders are eligible for pension reclassification if they develop a disabling 9/11 condition like cancer.
    • Many responders and non-responders are eligible for Social Security disability if their condition prevents them from working.
    • Many private sector workers collect long-term disability due to a disabling illness.
  • Your family will be entitled to substantial compensation if you pass away due to a 9/11 condition, but there are registration deadlines and filing requirements they must meet.


We Are Your Attorneys for Life

Remember that the VCF has been fully funded and permanently extended (to 2090). So, please make sure to stay in touch with us after you receive your initial award.  Let us know if you are diagnosed with a new illness, if your employment status changes, or you are found disabled by a pension board or the Social Security Administration.  Let us know your new address if you move. We stay in touch with our clients to let them know about important 9/11 news that may affect them.  And, please let your spouse or family know to contact us if you are ever too ill to communicate with us.

The likelihood that you or your family will be entitled to additional compensation from the VCF is substantial. Thousands of our clients have received multiple awards from the VCF after we amended their claim. In order to access what you are entitled to, you must understand your rights. We will be here for you every step of the way.

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  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

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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.

    Register For Compensation

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.
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