The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) was created to provide compensation for any individual or family member acting on behalf of a deceased individual who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the September 11, 2001 terror attack, or the debris removal efforts that took place as a result. This original VCF operated from 2001 to 2004.
In 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act), reactivating the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund with the intention of keeping it open for five years. In 2015, the Zadroga Act was reauthorized, extending the time victims have to file for support until 2020. The update also includes changes to the VCF’s policies and procedures for evaluating claims and calculating each claimant’s loss.
The Zadroga Act also established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, ensuring those exposed to the 9/11 disaster continue to receive monitoring and treatment services for health problems through at least 2090.
How the WTC Health Program Helps Victims
The WTC Health Program includes a Responder Program for rescue and recovery workers, including the more than 15,000 New York City firefighters who responded the day of the attack, and a Survivor Program for those who lived, worked, or attended school in lower Manhattan on 9/11/01. Compensation could also be available for responders to the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania sites also affected by the 9/11 attacks.
Despite the attacks having occurred more than 15 years ago, many rescues and recovery personnel who responded to the attacks were exposed to toxins that caused long-term health problems including cancer, respiratory disorders, and other disabling and fatal effects linked to exposure.
Who Is Eligible for Support Services?
All World Trade Center first responders, as well as those living in the area where the Twin Towers were once located, and those who responded to the crash sites at the Pentagon and in Shanksville could be eligible.
- Firefighters, police officers, and EMTs
- Construction workers
- Out-of-state responders
- Lower Manhattan workers and residents
The VCF has provided assistance to more than 70,000 9/11 survivors thus far and awarded more than $3 billion.
Our firm is committed to helping those who were directly affected by the 9/11 attacks and who are, to this day, dealing with health consequences from the attack. We want everyone eligible who has not yet filed for compensation to be aware of the statute of limitations and to take action as soon as possible. The deadline to apply for benefits has been extended from two years from the date of diagnosis to two years after a survivor is made aware their illness was linked to his or her exposure to the WTC toxins. Wrongful death claims have a strict 2 years from death deadline.
If you have been diagnosed with any of the nearly 70 types of cancer or respiratory illnesses linked to the toxic dust released in the attacks, you deserve to be compensated.
Many victims in the 9/11 community have attempted to complete their applications but felt overwhelmed or confused by the process. In some cases, they submitted their applications, but the amount they were approved for is much less than they deserve. Our goal is to ensure everyone receives the amount they deserve.
If you were directly affected by the 9/11 attacks and you’ve developed health problems as a result, you could be eligible for support and/or compensation. Every case is different. Contact an attorney for a case evaluation and more information.