By Michael Barasch | Published April 17, 2020 | | |
Amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 crisis, many of our health care heroes on the front lines of this pandemic have resorted to eating their lunches and dinners from vending machines. It breaks our hearts to think about our heroes not having a proper meal while they risk their lives every day to protect us Read MoreRead More
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
|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.|
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides assessment, monitoring and treatment services to eligible emergency responders and others who were injured and exposed to toxic chemicals during and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Last December, the WTCHP released updated statistics about the services it provides to members enrolled in the program. The Read MoreRead More
Where can you go for healthcare and monitoring if you are a WTC survivor and do not live in New York? More than 65,000 members were enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) as of December, 2013. Although most members reside in the New York City area, 6,479 members live elsewhere. The Nationwide Read MoreRead More
Cancer rates are 15 percent higher in 9/11 responders than in the general population, according to a recent Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) report. Epidemiologists examined data collected from 20,984 participants between 2001 and 2008, finding 575 cases of cancer instead of the expected 499. Thyroid, prostate and blood cancers (like 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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