Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund Claims
Helping rescue and recovery workers gain peace of mind
In 2011, Congress reopened the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) through the passage of the Zadroga Act. Prior to this, many responders and rescue and recovery workers who developed delayed-onset illnesses and injuries as a result of their work at the WTC and other 9/11 sites could not qualify for compensation or benefits. But through the Zadroga Act — named for our client, NYPD detective James Zadroga who died from respiratory ailments in 2006 — Congress recognized the government’s continuing responsibility to care for those who developed chronic conditions due to their service following 9/11. The attorneys of Barasch & McGarry are committed to helping ill and injured responders pursue Zadroga VCF claims expeditiously to obtain the medical care and compensation they so fully deserve and desperately need.
Medical care and compensation under the Zadroga Act
The James L. Zadroga Health and Compensation Act provides free medical care to 9/11 responders for injuries and illnesses resulting from their service in or around the World Trade Center site.
Civilians/survivors are eligible for a medical evaluation if they were in the New York City disaster area in Lower Manhattan and northwest parts of Brooklyn on September 11, 2001, or if they lived, worked, went to school or day care, or were otherwise in the area for some time afterward. If the screening shows that you or your children have a condition covered by the WTC Health Program, the doctor will certify that. Everyone with a certification can enroll in the WTC Health Program, and will continue to receive medical monitoring and treatment at no cost. This program is funded by the federal government.” – https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/survivor.html
Most importantly, the Zadroga Act reopened the previously closed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and expanded eligibility to those who developed an illness or injury outside of the first 72 hours following the attack. At this point, the VCF is going to remain open and accept new claims until December 18, 2020.
Under the Zadroga Act and the Victim Compensation Fund, individuals who were present at a 9/11 crash site between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and suffered an injury or illness as a direct result may qualify for compensation. Workers at the WTC, as well as those who lived or worked in the area, may also qualify for medical treatment under the WTC Health Plan. The new Victim Compensation Fund reopened on October 3, 2011, and responders who knew or should have known of their injury or illness prior to that date were required to file a claim by October 3, 2013. Eligible parties who had their illnesses diagnosed later have two years from the date of diagnosis to file.
Barasch & McGarry — helping set things right
At Barasch & McGarry, we are committed to serving the responders who gave so much in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. We are equally committed to the residents and office workers whose only mistake was believing the EPA when it said “the air is safe.” While we know that no amount of money could ever make up for your pain and losses, we strongly believe that everyone injured, made ill or bereaved by the catastrophe of September 11 should receive as much financial support as possible. Our attorneys work hard to help claimants receive the compensation and medical care they so rightly deserve. Please contact us online or by phone at 888.351.9421 to determine eligibility for WTC compensation or to start the process of applying for Zadroga Act benefits.