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Working with VCF Once Your Claim is Approved

Receiving a favorable compensation decision from the VCF may seem like a hollow victory until you actually have the money in hand, especially if you and your family are struggling to make ends meet. Fortunately, the VCF administrators have taken steps to streamline the payment process and avoid many of the issues and delays that seem to plague other federal and state programs. For your part, it is important to realize that receiving your compensation decision may not be the end. You still need to work with VCF and your attorney to ensure you receive your benefits as soon as possible.

As we have outlined before, successful VCF claimants receive their awards in several disbursements, the first coming as quickly as 30 days after a final decision. To limit costs and minimize fraud, the VCF has elected to issue payments through electronic direct deposit using the Automated Clearing House (ACH) system. This means that many successful claimants must take several steps to ensure timely receipt of their payments:

  • Establish a bank account with a reputable financial institution.
  • Complete Section 1 of the VCF’s ACH Payment Information Form.
  • Take the form to your financial institution and ask them to complete Section 3 by providing its routing number and confirming that you own the account.
  • Mail the completed form to the address listed in Section 2.

For claimants represented by an attorney, the Special Master has authorized the direct disbursement of award funds to law firms that have entered an arrangement with the VCF. In these cases, claimants need not complete the ACH Payment Information Form. Additionally, claimants who reside outside of the U.S. cannot receive direct deposit and are paid via paper checks issued by the U.S. Treasury.

The attorneys of Barasch & McGarry are ready to assist VCF claimants and potential claimants with all aspects of the claims process.

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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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  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • 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.

    Register For Compensation

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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