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9/11 Illness & Cancer Awards

Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Award Determinations

Complex rules govern economic and non-economic compensation

When Congress reauthorized the Zadroga Act in December, 2015, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) divided claimants into two groups – Group A and Group B. Simply put, claimants who were issued award letters by December 17, 2015 became Group A claimants. Anyone who did not receive an award letter by that date became a Group B claimant.

Group B claimants have not been treated differently in terms of compensation than Group A claimants. Claimants in both groups have been awarded compensation for non-economic loss (pain and suffering) and, where appropriate, economic loss.

The VCF will only award compensation for economic loss to a claimant who has been found to be disabled as a result of a 9/11 certified physical illness (not a psychological illness). The disability finding must be made by an independent governmental entity (such as the FDNY, NYCERS, Workers’ Compensation Board, or the Social Security Administration). Claimants who haven’t been found to be disabled are generally not entitled to an award for economic loss.

Non-economic loss determinations have ranged from $0 to $340,000, depending on the severity of the illness, whether the illness is permanent, and whether the claimant has already been awarded compensation for the same illnesses in a prior WTC claim or lawsuit.

Economic loss awards are based on a claimant’s age, work history and prior income. Where a claimant has received a disability pension, Social Security disability award, or WTC litigation settlement, the VCF award will be commensurately reduced. The range of awards is evidence that the VCF is making awards on a case-by case basis.

The following are some of the hundreds of Group B award determinations issued to our clients who have been certified with WTC-related disabling illnesses ranging from minor respiratory illnesses to severe disabling cancers. They are listed for informational purposes only.

  • Wrongful Death Awards
  • Disabling Cancer Awards
  • Non-Disabling Cancer Awards
  • Disabling Non-Cancer Awards
  • Non-Disabling, Non-Cancer Awards

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
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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  • 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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