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What Types of Illnesses Does the VCF Cover?

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is designed to provide compensation to those who suffered injuries or illnesses as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks. But not all injuries are compensable. In fact, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 provides a detailed list of conditions that qualify for VCF compensation. A number of rules have subsequently expanded this coverage in several key areas.

To spare claimants the burden of establishing a nexus between their ailments and their presence at Ground Zero, the Zadroga Act provides that certain conditions are presumptively 9/11-related so long as the claimant can prove exposure. First responders, survivors, residents and others who were exposed to Ground Zero debris may qualify for VCF compensation if they were later diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Interstitial lung disease
  • COPD and asthma
  • RADS
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis, nasopharyngitis or laryngitis
  • GERD
  • Sleep apnea
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel

The new VCF also provides presumptive coverage for a wide range of cancers, including cancers of the mouth, throat, skin, digestive system, breast, thyroid, ovaries, eyes and urinary system as well as blood and lymphoid cancers. Unfortunately, mental health issues such as PTSD are not covered by the VCF but may still be the basis for participation in the World Trade Center Health Program.

If you are unsure whether your condition qualifies for compensation under the VCF, our Zadroga Act lawyers may be able to help. Act quickly, however, as you have a limited time to file a claim.

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Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
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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.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

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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