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VCF Appeals Hearings Underway in New York

In January of this year, the first September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) appeal hearings were held in New York City. Rulings on claims and appeals hearings are finally underway. 

For victims of 9/11, the wait for compensation has been trying. After filing a claim and required documentation, many victims have waited years for their claims to be decided. 

In recent months, decisions on VCF claims have increased and access to information about claims has improved. Evidence of improvement includes the following: 

  • By January of this year, 323 claim awards were made, an improvement on the 112 claims decided by November, 2013.
  • Conference calls between the VCF and counsel for claimants are held twice weekly. These calls facilitate exchange of information needed to process claims efficiently. 

According to Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, individuals whose claims are denied or feel their compensation is inadequate may appeal. The January hearings were held in front of the Special Master or the Deputy Special Master. The proceedings are conducted by Hearing Officers and recorded. Claimants participate by phone or in person. 

Since the reactivation of the fund, claimants have been notified of awards totaling $135 million. Because of fund regulations, recipients are paid only 10 percent of their awards at the outset. If funding is insufficient to cover all claims, each award is to be prorated based on the amount of money ultimately available for payout. 

Skilled legal assistance helps usher your claim through the VCF process. If you have questions about an appeal or a compensation claim, speak with an experienced 9/11 attorney in New York City. 

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    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.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

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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A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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