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Second Annual Victim Compensation Fund Released: Key Points

In November, the Special Master for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) released a second annual report concerning activities undertaken in the last year to pursue the mandate of the VCF. 

From 2011 through 2012, the actions of the Special Master focused on restarting the VCF after President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 into law in January 2011. In the last year, the office of the Special Master expanded access to information about the compensation fund and the October 2013 registration deadline. 

Key points about these activities include the following: 

  • Individuals suffering injury or illness related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks or aftermath and who were diagnosed prior to October 2011 were required to register with the VCF on or before October 3, 2013. The VCF estimates this deadline affected the largest portion of claimants. 
  • To reach eligible claimants, the Special Master engaged in outreach programs that included information forums, creating and distributing VCF registration information kits to the government, special interest groups, attorneys and other groups. 
  • The claims registration system on the VCF website was enhanced in 2013. Improvements include updated forms, better response time, faster system function and features designed to assist law firms who work as claimant representatives. 

In its second year, the office of the Special Master works to alert claimants to looming deadlines and continues to create infrastructure to gather and process eligible claims. 

If you have questions about the VCF or suffered injury or illness as a result of the 2001 attack or its aftermath, speak to an attorney experienced with the WTC compensation process.

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      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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