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
- Chronic cough
- Chronic rhinosinusitis, nasopharyngitis or laryngitis
- 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.