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New Law Extends 9/11 Claim Filing Deadline Through 2090

Officially known as “The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Compensation Fund Act,” a widely hailed new law has provided a measure of relief to current and future victims of 9/11-related conditions. Under the old rule, all Victim Compensation Fund claims had to be filed by December 18, 2020. Since many of the medical problems linked to Ground Zero contamination take decades to develop, that deadline likely would have prevented many worthy claimants from collecting benefits.

Fortunately, the recently enacted statute should give every eligible  person in the exposure zone the ability to secure compensation that has been designated for 9/11 victims. If you served as a first responder or you worked or lived in the World Trade Center area during the cleanup, there are several things you should know about the new law:

  • Compensation for victims who discover 9/11 illnesses after 2020 — Under the revised rules, the VCF claim filing deadline is now October 1, 2090. This means that even if symptoms of cancer or other ailments don’t present themselves for many years, monetary relief will be available.
  • Two-year notice requirement remains — To collect payment, a claimant must register with the VCF within two years of the date when they knew or reasonably should have known that they had a health problem connected to Ground Zero exposure.
  • Reduced awards will be restored — If you or a family member previously received an award that was reduced because funding was not available, this should be corrected without any further action from you. Approximately 1,700 payments were cut in size, but the new law directs the VCF to pay the remaining amount into the bank account currently on record.

The filing deadline extension and the other elements of the permanent VCF authorization reflect years of tireless work from victims, advocates and sympathetic legislators. However, the fact that the law is more favorable does not guarantee justice for current and future claimants. Retaining the right attorney to assert your rights is still critical if you want the best chance at a proper result.

Barasch & McGarry has been a dedicated advocate for victims of 9/11 illnesses for many years and will continue to support individuals under the revised VCF provisions. For a free consultation with a proven lawyer, call us at 888-351-9421 or contact us online.

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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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