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Only 4 Months Until Major 9/11 Deadline

March 29, 2021 | Michael Barasch

We are exactly four months away from the deadline for families in the 9/11 community to register claims for their loved ones who died of WTC-related illnesses. That means we have limited time to spread the word to these 9/11 families who have not yet registered, before their time to register runs out.

Ordinarily, first responders and survivors with 9/11-related illnesses – which include 68 different types of cancer and many respiratory diseases – must register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund within two years of their illness being certified by the World Trade Center Health Program.

Similarly, the families of 9/11 victims must register within two years of their loved one’s death.

But, after a permanent extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act was enacted in 2019, VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya created a two-year window for 9/11 community members and their families to file older claims that would otherwise have been time barred.

The deadline for these older claims has been extended to July 29, 2021. 

Please help us share this information about the deadline with anyone you know who was in Lower Manhattan, at the Fresh Kills Landfill or morgues, or at the Pentagon or Shanksville on 9/11 or during any part of the following eight months (for Pentagon and Shanksville responders, they must prove that they were exposed on 9/11 or anytime up until November 19, 2001).  

It’s not too late for them to register a claim.  But, it will be soon!

The VCF will be open to victims and families until 2090, but to access these benefits, you must comply with the registration deadlines and filing requirements set by the VCF. Once this extension ends the two-year deadline will return.

Don’t wait. Call 212-385-8000 or visit today.

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