By Lila Nordstrom | Published March 5, 2020 | | |
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) are often mentioned in the same breath. This makes sense since both were established by the Zadroga Act and run by the federal government. Misunderstandings about the differences often cause confusion, however, since many people don’t realize it is possible to qualify Read MoreRead More
The VCF is available to both responders (rescue, recovery, cleanup and construction workers or volunteers) and survivors (area residents, workers, students, and passersby). While no documents are required to register, those who want to file a claim must prove that they were present within the program’s geographic boundaries between September 11th, 2001 and May 30th, Read MoreRead More
While we still wait for the Congressional Budget Office to announce the cost of the proposed bill, we are thrilled to report that sponsors of the pending legislation have added recently departed Detective Luis Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, deceased, to the name of the pending bill that would permanently extend and fully fund the Read MoreRead More
The World Trade Center Health Program is a vital benefit of the Zadroga Act, which provides healthcare screening and treatment for victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Registration with the program is also an important precursor to filing a claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the WTC Read MoreRead More
In the last year or so, many 9/11 survivors have been wondering whether to file a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), go with the newer U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (USVSST Fund), or simply file with both and see which delivers an award sooner. However, the VCF has made Read MoreRead More
A recent study of 9/11 survivors, published in the online journal Injury Epidemiology, confirms that intense exposure to the toxic dust of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 — but not subsequently — was enough to cause significantly greater risk of heart and lung disease a decade or more later. The study was Read MoreRead More
The Staten Island Advance has published a scathing editorial criticizing hypocritical politicians for failing to support the extension of the Zadroga Act. With so many first responders and local residents diagnosed with life-threatening cancers that have been linked to the toxic World Trade Center dust, it is a disgrace that Congress hasn’t done the right Read MoreRead More
The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund is a Financial Lifesaver For Responders and Rescue Workers Rendered Disabled by World Trade Center Related Illnesses Failure to Fully Fund the Zadroga Act will lead to Devastating Results for the Men and Women that the Statute is supposed to Aid and Protect. Much has been written in recent years about Read MoreRead More
Receiving a favorable compensation decision from the VCF may seem like a hollow victory until you actually have the money in hand, especially if you and your family are struggling to make ends meet. Fortunately, the VCF administrators have taken steps to streamline the payment process and avoid many of the issues and delays that Read MoreRead More
For most VCF claimants, non-economic losses represent the bulk of their recovery. While out of pocket costs for medical treatment — as well as lost wages from total or partial disability — can be significant, intangible losses like pain, disfigurement and the inability to fully enjoy life’s pleasures remain a major factor. Unfortunately, proving the 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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