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Understanding the VCF Claim Filing Process

November 3, 2014 | Michael Barasch

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, (VCF) part of the James L. Zadroga Act of 2010, provides compensation to individuals who suffered physical harm while responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 

There are two different ways in which you may apply for benefits through the VCF:

  • Online: This tends to be the better option of the two, as the VCF has a fairly easy-to-use system that provides thorough information and asks only questions applicable to you. It also allows you to upload documents electronically and save your application if you need to come back to it. Filing online also saves the VCF on costs so that it can focus more resources on claimants. 
  • Hard copy: If filing online is not an option for you, it’s also possible to apply via hard copy. You may do this by downloading the form online or requesting a copy to be mailed to you from the VCF. Once you have completed the form, you would then mail it back to the fund’s office. 

After you have registered and submitted your eligibility form, the next step is to complete a compensation form. If you are suffering from a disability, you will also need to provide medical records of your injury or illness. For more complex applications, it’s often helpful to work with a lawyer familiar with this process. 

If you or your family could use assistance filing a VCF claim, speak with a knowledgeable New York City injury attorney with Barasch & McGarry right away. 

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