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    How to Appeal a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Decision

    By Michael Barasch

    Since 2001, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has awarded more than $2 billion to Barasch & McGarry clients who were in Lower Manhattan or near the Pentagon following 9/11. Both first responders and survivors (including Lower Manhattan office workers, teachers, students, and residents) who were exposed to Ground Zero toxins and have been […]

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  • If My Proof of Presence Isn't Accepted, Can I Appeal the Decision?

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    If My Proof of Presence Isn’t Accepted, Can I Appeal the Decision?

    By Lila Nordstrom

    Absolutely. Both the WTC Health Program and the VCF will give you a chance to submit additional documents and testimony if your initial application is denied on the grounds that your proof of presence is not sufficient. In the case of a denial from the WTC Health Program, you should call the program and find […]

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    The VCF Appeals Process

    By Michael Barasch

    To improve the claims process, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has increased its staff to 75, from 31 a year earlier. The biggest increases are in the number of document intake workers (now 25, up from nine a year earlier) and claim review team members (now 23, up from nine a year earlier), according […]

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  • Zadroga Act

    What to Do if Your WTC Health Claim Is Denied

    By Michael Barasch

    To be eligible to receive free treatment for an illness under the Zadroga Act, your medical provider at the World Trade Center Health Program must submit an evaluation of your history and condition to the program administrator. Then the program administrator must certify your condition as genuinely connected to the 9/11 attacks. What happens if […]

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