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WTC Health Program & 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Information


On December 18, 2015, Congress reauthorized and extended both the health program and compensation fund available to the 9/11 community. Downtown residents, office workers, students and teachers are all eligible if they were exposed on 9/11 or during parts of the 8 months that followed.


  • A total of more than $10 billion has been made available to fully compensate claimants who have pending claims, as well as future claimants diagnosed with certified WTC illnesses. Over $4 billion has been awarded to 22,000+ people.
  • The VCF deadline is December 18, 2020.
  • VCF claimants with pending claims, and those who have already received awards, have the right to “amend” their claims if their employment status changes as a result of their 9/11 illnesses and/or if they are diagnosed with new WTC-certified illnesses.
  • All claims MUST be registered within 2 years of the date of certification by the World Trade Center Health Program.
  • VCF awards range from $125,000-$340,000 for certified cancers, and more for economic loss if the claimant has been found disabled by a WTC illness.
  • VCF awards range from $20,000-$90,000 for non-cancer certified illnesses.
  • All VCF awards are tax free.


  • Medical care for the 9/11 community has been extended 75 years.
  • The 9/11 community has the right to free health care for WTC-certified illnesses from the WTC Health Program (which has clinics throughout the country).
  • Make sure you take advantage of this free exam and go to your annual WTC physical.
  • A skin cancer screening is not performed at the WTC Health Program physical; therefore, you should go for a full body skin exam at least once per year. Skin cancers are the most common WTC-related cancers.


There is a presumption that these illnesses were caused by WTC toxic exposure:


  • Skin Cancer (Basal Cell, Squamous Cell, and Melanoma)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Blood Cancers, including Multiple Myeloma, Lymphoma, and Leukemia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Rare Cancers


  • Interstitial Lung Diseases, including Pulmonary Fibrosis and Sarcoidosis
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Asthma
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Chronic Respiratory Disorder – Fumes / Vapors
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Altogether, 68 cancers have been linked to the WTC toxins. If you have been diagnosed with a cancer that is not on the list, you may still be eligible. Our firm has been representing the 9/11 community since 2001. We will register you in the Health Program. Once certified, it almost always leads to compensation. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!


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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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