By Michael Barasch | Published September 30, 2019 | | |
Receiving an adverse decision from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund can be extremely frustrating. Despite the setback, it’s important to remember that you have options if you believe you are entitled to payment. The VCF guidelines allow individuals to amend or appeal their claims, but determining which process best suits your situation might be confusing. Read MoreRead More
The omnibus spending bill Congress passed in December 2015 and President Obama signed included a provision years in the making: $4.4 million in compensation for each American hostage held captive in Iran 35 years ago. The 52 Americans were stationed at the American Embassy in Tehran when Iranian students stormed the building in 1979. The Read MoreRead More
The death on September 10 of a Yonkers policeman from 9/11-related cancer did not arouse sufficient support for Congress to renew the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, before it expired on September 30. But Lt. Roy McLaughlin’s life and untimely death should stand as a reminder of the urgent need to extend Read MoreRead More
CBS New York recently reported the NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is coming under fire for traveling extensively instead of attending to duties here at home. During his 21 months in office, the mayor has held one town hall meeting, but has flown to Nebraska, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Italy, Paris and the Vatican. New York Read MoreRead More
The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired at midnight on September 30, 2015, when lawmakers failed to pass an extension, and the portion of the law that compensates families of victims is set to expire next year. However, there is still enough money remaining in The World Trade Center Health Fund for Read MoreRead More
In the months and years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a number of programs were created to address incurred and ongoing losses of those impacted. These programs specifically aim to allow individuals to recoup medical expenses paid for treatment related to exposure at Ground Zero. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Read MoreRead More
We applaud the editorial writers of the NY Daily News who, recently called upon law makers from Pennsylvania to join those in New York and New Jersey in support of the extension of the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. Years after the fires at Ground Zero stopped smoldering, thousands of rescue and recovery Read MoreRead More
William Sheldon Jr., a hero at Ground Zero on the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, died of cancer recently, becoming the first member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to die from cancer related to the attack. He was only 47 years old. Sheldon was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Read MoreRead More
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 has provided compensation to many 9/11 victims and their families, but the act has broader implications. The World Trade Center Health Program is another important aspect of the law, and it has even wider coverage than the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. In fact, even Read MoreRead More
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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.
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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