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  • Doctor Outlines Medical Conditions Linked to WTC Exposure

    9/11 Injuries

    Doctor Outlines Medical Conditions Linked to WTC Exposure

    By Michael Barasch

    More than 18 years after September 11, 2001, the number of victims and the range of afflictions linked to the World Trade Center attacks grow. Asbestos, chemicals from building materials, smoke and other potentially dangerous substances were ejected from Ground Zero for months following the fall of the Twin Towers. As a result, people who […]

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  • Affidavit of Proof of Presence

    WTC Health ProgramVictim Compensation Fund

    Who Should I Ask to Fill Out My Affidavits?

    By Lila Nordstrom

    The Victim Compensation Fund accepts a few different kinds of proof of presence, but for most claimants, the best evidence is two affidavits. These affidavits should come from people, preferably non-family members, who personally witnessed you in the NYC Exposure Zone between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002. To be accepted as proof, affidavits […]

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  • Affidavit of Proof of Presence

    Victim Compensation FundWTC Health Program

    If I Was a Resident Below Canal Street, What Should My Affidavits Say?

    By Lila Nordstrom

    Filling out an affidavit to support a residency claim for the NYC Exposure Zone is similar to filling one out for any other purpose, but these affidavits should include a couple of extra facts: Your exact address during the time you were living in the area. The specific time period that you lived at that […]

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  • Violinist Whose Music Comforted 9/11 First Responders Dies

    9/11 Injuries

    Violinist Whose Music Comforted 9/11 First Responders Dies

    By Michael Barasch

    Though she wasn’t a firefighter, police officer or EMT, Marya Columbia described herself as a “responder” when applying for the World Trade Center Health Program. She qualified for benefits as a survivor because her Lower Manhattan apartment was in the designated exposure zone. However, that classification does not begin to describe Ms. Columbia’s contribution to […]

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  • Second Chance Given to Families Kept Out of 9/11 Fund Due to Lateness

    9/11 Injuries

    Second Chance Given to Families Kept Out of 9/11 Fund Due to Lateness

    By Michael Barasch

    The recently enacted extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund helps not only individuals who have yet to file a claim but also those who were previously denied due to late filings.  Under the previous rules, family members of people who died of a Ground Zero-related illness had only two years from the date of […]

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  • Were You There?

    If you were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed, you may be eligible for compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Call us at 888-351-9421 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

  • What are the Geographical Boundaries for the WTC Health Program vs. the VCF and What Does That Mean Regarding My Eligibility?

    WTC Health ProgramVictim Compensation Fund

    What are the Geographical Boundaries for the WTC Health Program vs. the VCF and What Does That Mean Regarding My Eligibility?

    By Lila Nordstrom

    Both the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund require survivors to prove that they were in the exposure zone on 9/11 or during the World Trade Center clean-up. Each program’s definition of that exposure zone, however, is different. This can sometimes cause confusion for survivors trying to figure out which of […]

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