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WTC Compensation Fund Authorized through Fiscal Year 2092

After years of dedicated advocacy and emotional debate, new legislation has extended the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through the year 2090. Under the law, signed by President Trump on July 29, the VCF will continue to offer substantial relief to victims suffering from medical conditions as well as individuals who might not yet be aware of their exposure-related illnesses. Now, instead of worrying about funds running out or an impending deadline to file VCF claims, first responders, office workers, students, residents and survivors who were in the World Trade Center area during and after the 2001 attacks can concentrate on pursuing the relief available to them.

The legislation comes in the nick of time. More than $5 billion of the $7.3 billion that was previously designated for the VCF has been spent and claims continue to pour in. Among those who will benefit from the extension of the fund are:

  • Victims who received reduced compensation — Due to depletion of the VCF, nearly 1,700 claimants were shorted on their recoveries. Firm founder Michael Barasch told The Chief-Leader that the special master has committed to paying reduced award recipients the remainder of what they are owed once the Treasury funds the VCF account. But this likely won’t happen until the end of this year at the earliest, Barasch said.
  • Individuals suffering from cancer and other long-term conditions — Claimants affected by 9/11-related medical problems of long duration will no longer have to worry about limits or their condition lasting longer than the fund.
  • People who have not yet been diagnosed — Cancer, respiratory issues and other problems caused by breathing toxic substances can take decades to identify and diagnose. The hard December 2020 deadline would have left people who discovered their condition after that date without compensation.

Although the new law is a tremendous accomplishment that will positively affect numerous lives, securing benefits can still be a challenging process. Retaining an attorney who has produced great results in VCF claims will help you overcome obstacles and assert your rights effectively under the program.

Barasch & McGarry represents victims of 9/11 illnesses in Victim Compensation Fund claims and related matters. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 888-351-9421 or contact us online.

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  • "Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY

  • "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.

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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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