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Who Can Still File VCF Claims?

October 3, 2013, marked the passage of two years since the reopening of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and also the registration deadline for the majority of potential claimants. Despite this much-publicized deadline, however, there is still a chance that certain claimants who have not yet registered to participate in the VCF could qualify to receive compensation for injuries or illnesses stemming from exposure to debris from the 9/11 attacks.

There are essentially two types of people who can potentially still register for benefits even though the October 3 deadline has passed:

  • People who were not diagnosed with a WTC-related medical condition until after October 3, 2011
  • People who suffer from a WTC-related medical condition that did not initially appear on the list of covered conditions when the fund was reopened, including prostate cancer and many cancers

Individuals who received a diagnosis after the reopening of the fund have two years from the date of diagnosis to register for benefits. Those diagnosed with illnesses recently added to the list of covered conditions have two years from the date that their condition was added or from the date of diagnosis, whichever is later. Regardless of your situation, however, the sooner you register for benefits, the sooner your claim can be processed by the VCF administrative apparatus.

With concerns rising about whether the allocated funds are sufficient to cover all claims, time is increasingly of the essence for anyone who has not yet registered. If you are suffering from a health condition you believe is related to debris exposure in the wake of 9/11, it may still be worthwhile to have your case evaluated by a Victim Compensation Fund law firm.


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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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