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Important Financial Facts about VCF Payments

Serious injuries often come along with significant financial difficulties brought on by medical bills and the reduction or total loss of income resulting from disability. Victims of WTC-related injuries are no exception. Many individuals waiting for Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) payments are simultaneously struggling with other financial and legal issues. Therefore, it is important to understand the legal status of VCF funds and how receiving them can affect other aspects of your life.

VCF awards may be offset by other types of payments such as pensions and Social Security disability. In other matters, however, VCF payments receive more favorable treatment than other types of cash awards:

  • VCF payments are not subject to Medicare secondary payor liens.
  • VCF payments may have an effect on bankruptcy proceedings. Therefore, anyone who expects to receive VCF payments and has filed or is considering filing bankruptcy should consult a bankruptcy attorney.
  • VCF payments may be considered income in some states for the purpose of calculating child support payments or other domestic obligations.
  • Under New York law, VCF payments are not considered martial property for the purpose of equitable distribution.

VCF payments are meant to compensate victims and their families for a lifetime of pain, suffering and reduced earning capacity. They should not be viewed as a windfall. Comprehensive planning is necessary to preserve the long-term well-being of you and your loved ones. A knowledgeable WTC compensation attorney can help address any concerns you may have about the consequences of VCF payments and, if necessary, can help you get in touch with lawyers and other professionals to assist with your specific issues.

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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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