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Victim Compensation Fund Awards

Significant progress reported by the Victim Compensation Fund

The VCF began to accept applications in October, 2011 and it rendered its first award determinations in January, 2013. While the VCF has made tremendous strides in streamlining the application process and making compensation determinations to those who have been deemed eligible, it is now likely that funding for the sick and dying is insufficient. $2.4 billion for health care and $2.77 billion for compensation may have seemed like a sufficient amount when the Act was signed into law by President Obama in January, 2011. However, five years ago there was no evidence that the WTC toxic dust would be linked to cancer. Since 2011, peer reviewed medical studies and NIOSH have linked the toxic dust to 68 cancers.

In April, the Victim Compensation Fund published its 2015 First Quarter stats. They confirm the tremendous progress that is being made, as well as the daunting amount of work that must be completed before the VCF closes in October, 2016.

The VCF reported the following promising statistics

  1. As of March 31st, 10,549 claimants have been found eligible for compensation (approximately half of what we expect by the time the VCF closes on October 3, 2016).
  2. Over $1 billion has been awarded to 4,415 claimants, an average of $241,000 per claimant. Approximately 10% of those who received awards were found eligible for compensation as a result of being diagnosed with a cancer certified by NIOSH.
  3. 5,000 claims are currently being reviewed for compensation awards.


If the average amount of the awards remains consistent and another 15,000 claimants are rendered awards, there clearly won’t be sufficient funds to ensure that every claimant receives a full award. Additional funding and an extension of the WTH Health Program are critical to ensure full payment of the awards and continuation of vital medical care, especially for the estimated 3,000 patients currently receiving treatment for cancer.

The WTC Health Program is currently treating 30,000 patients per year. They are men and women. They are white, black and Hispanic. They are Republicans, Democrats and Independents. They are currently living in 420 of the 436 Congressional districts. If additional funding for health care is not made available, these patients will be without health care. More will no doubt die.

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

    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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