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9/11 Illness & Cancer Awards

Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Award Determinations

  • Wrongful Death Awards

    Death due to 9/11-certified illness. Award includes compensation for income lost over a normal lifespan.

    • $3,254,242 for wrongful death of a firefighter due to 9/11-related asthma/RADS
    • $2,022,440 for wrongful death of Con Edison employee due to liver cancer
    • $1,731,917 for wrongful death of a carpenter due to lung cancer
    • $1,422,694 for wrongful death of a downtown office worker due to pulmonary fibrosis
    • $1,251,411 for wrongful death of a paralegal working in a downtown law firm due to breast cancer
    • $1,011,957 for the wrongful death of a sound engineer due to bladder cancer
    • $990,084 for wrongful death of a carpenter due to tonsil cancer
    • $929,607 for wrongful death of a downtown liquor store owner due to prostate cancer
    • $645,208 for wrongful death of a NYC pest control worker due to colon cancer
    • $624,127 for wrongful death of a Staten Island Ferry deckhand due to lung cancer/chronic rhinitis and GERD
    • $600,000 for the wrongful death of a Westbury Fire Department volunteer due to pancreatic cancer
    • $537,642 for the wrongful death of a news cinematographer due to breast cancer
    • $527,868 for the wrongful death of a downtown security officer for lung cancer/chronic sinusitis
    • $507,560 for the wrongful death of a NYPD police officer due to colon cancer
    • $497,586 for the wrongful death of a chef in a downtown restaurant for lung cancer/asthma
    • $500,000 for the wrongful death of a Suffolk County Police Depart officer due to esophageal cancer
    • $499,076 for the wrongful death of NYPD detective due to kidney cancer
    • $363,039 for the wrongful death of an Army National Guard member due to lung cancer
    • $338,565 for the wrongful death of an FDNY firefighter due to COPD/chronic bronchitis/GERD
  • Disabling Cancer Awards

    Compensation for 9/11-related cancers including income lost due to disability

    • $3,700,651 for a disabled NYC police officer due to leukemia
    • $2,811,150 for a disabled sanitation worker due to skin cancer/melanoma
    • $2,114,559 for a disabled stock broker due to multiple myeloma
    • $1,934,316 for a disabled teacher due to esophageal cancer
    • $1,848,836 for a disabled downtown resident due to kidney cancer
    • $1,827,279 for a disabled teacher due to breast cancer
    • $1,812,981 for a disabled steel worker due to bladder cancer
    • $1,544,371 for a disabled former student due to thyroid cancer
    • $1,368,869 for a disabled construction worker with lung cancer
    • $1,365,415 for a disabled FEMA Search & Rescue task force member with colon cancer
    • $1,345,427 for a disabled FBI Agent with esophageal cancer
    • $1,301,834 for a NYC Police Officer with breast cancer
    • $1,188,741 for a disabled EMT with colon cancer
    • $1,098,050 for a disabled teacher with thyroid cancer and kidney cancer
  • Non-Disabling Cancer Awards

    The following are some of the hundreds of noneconomic loss awards that the VCF has issued to our clients with non-disabling cancers and other WTC-related illnesses.

    • $340,000 for a downtown office worker with skin cancer and larynx cancer
    • $340,000 for a retired NYPD officer with cancers of the colon and mouth
    • $300,000 for a retired firefighter & iron worker with B-cell lymphoma & asthma
    • $250,000 for a Port Authority police officer with prostate cancer
    • $250,000 for a retired NJ firefighter with melanoma of skin
    • $250,000 for a former college student with thyroid cancer
    • $250,000 for a downtown attorney with kidney cancer
    • $250,000 a restaurant owner with bronchus & lung cancer
    • $250,000 for a school administrative staff worker due to multiple myeloma
    • $125,000 for a former high school student due to skin cancer
  • Disabling Non-Cancer Awards

    Compensation for 9/11-related illnesses (other than cancer) including income lost due to disability

    • $1,929,789 for a downtown elevator mechanic with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; Esophageal reflux
    • $1,926,336 for a Fulton Fish Market worker with asthma; Esophageal reflux; Chronic bronchitis; Diseases of vocal cords; Sinusitis
    • $1,881,017 for a NYC firefighter with esophageal reflux; Barrett’s esophagus; Asthma; Sinusitis; Obstructive sleep apnea
    • $1,482,771 for a court officer with asthma; Chronic airway obstruction; Chronic sinusitis; Esophageal reflux; Barrett’s esophagus; Chronic bronchitis; Obstructive sleep apnea
    • $1,401,066 for a downtown attorney with asthma; Esophageal reflux; Obstructive sleep apnea; Sarcoidosis
    • $1,356,743 for a doctor with chronic rhinitis; Esophageal reflux; Other bronchitis and brachial neuritis; Thoracic/lumbosacral neuritis/radiculitis
    • $1,270,072 for a NYC firefighter with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; Esophageal reflux; Obstructive sleep apnea; Sinusitis
    • $1,251,768 for a NYPD officer with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; Esophageal reflux; Disease of vocal cords
    • $1,198,580 for an ambulance EMT with rhinosinusitis; Sinusitis
  • Non-Disabling, Non-Cancer Awards

    The following are some of the hundreds of noneconomic loss awards that the VCF has issued to our clients with non-disabling cancers and other WTC-related illnesses.

    • $90,000 for an office worker due to chronic bronchitis
    • $90,000 for a Red Cross 9/11 volunteer due to barrett’s esophagus
    • $90,000 for a volunteer masseuse with interstitial lung disease
    • $90,000 for an Operating Engineer with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; GERD; Obstructive sleep apnea
    • $90,000 for a debris clean-up worker/laborer due to sinusitis; Obstructive sleep apnea; Chronic rhinitis
    • $65,000 for a former teacher downtown due to severe asthma
    • $65,000 for a former student with chronic rhinitis; Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome
    • $35,000 for a construction worker due to asthma; Chronic rhinitis
    • $30,000 for a resident in the exposure zone due to sinusitis; Esophageal reflux
    • $25,000 for a former office worker due to asthma; Obstructive sleep apnea
Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
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  • "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

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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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