By Michael Barasch | Published February 21, 2019 | | |
As you no doubt heard, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which has been providing financial help to thousands of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors, announced cuts in pending claims of 50%, and cuts in future claims of up to 70%. This means that thousands of people in the 9/11 community, who live in Read MoreRead More
So many people in the 9/11 community are getting sick and dying that the VCF is running out of money. When Congress passed the 9/11 Zadroga Act into law in 2011, it created the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). But, cancers had not yet been linked to the WTC Read MoreRead More
|Today marks three years from the date that the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will shut its doors forever. While the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) was extended for 75 years, the 9/11 Community will no longer be able to assert claims for compensation for new illnesses or wrongful death after December 18, 2020. Despite the fact that the VCF has awarded over $3 billion to 14,000+ responders, downtown residents, office workers, teachers and students, the reality is that only a fraction of those eligible have registered with the WTCHP and moved forward with a VCF claim.|
When Congress voted to reauthorize the Zadroga Act, it charged the U.S. Department of Justice with the task of writing regulations for its implementation and assigned statutory deadlines for completion. The Attorney General selected Sheila Birnbaum to serve as Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, overseeing its implementation. At Barasch & McGarry, Read MoreRead More
One of the most common reasons that people hesitate to consult an attorney following a personal injury or other loss is the fear that the attorney’s fees could consume a substantial portion of whatever award they receive. However, in nearly all cases the enhanced rewards you receive coupled with the stress and uncertainty you avoid Read MoreRead More
Studies have compellingly linked a multitude of conditions affecting various bodily systems to WTC debris exposure. It has become painfully obvious, however, that many exposure victims can find themselves suffering from several of these conditions. In many cases, their illnesses did not manifest all at once but developed incrementally over a long period of time. Read MoreRead More
Recent numbers indicate that significant progress has been made to compensate victims of the events of September 11. The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) continues to pick up momentum in its efforts to process claims and distribute payments to eligible applicants. But more work remains before we can say that all victims and families seeking redress Read MoreRead More
Statistics show that getting your Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claim approved depends mostly on whether the VCF has adequate documentation. At the end of January, 2014, the VCF Program released statistics that give you an idea of the number of claims that fail to move through the system and why. Before the VCF even reviews Read MoreRead More
Recent revisions to the list of World Trade Center Related Conditions resulted in newly eligible certifications for four types of cancer: Brain Cervical Pancreatic Testicular The Federal Register issued a report about the Health and Human Services Department’s final rule in February, 2014. Previously, individuals with these types of cancers were denied World Trade Center Read MoreRead More
Initially, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) planned to reach out directly to physicians and gather medical information for claimants. However, most physicians preferred direct requests from patients instead. Consequently, patients work with their physicians to provide the necessary information for VCF claims. Also, claimants must pay for the expenses involved with the physician documenting records 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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