9/11 Victim Compensation Fund September 11, 2001 was among the most horrific and tragic days in our nation’s history. But amidst the appalling events that we all watched on TV, thousands of brave and selfless American heroes responded to Lower Manhattan. They were police officers, firefighters, EMTs, National Guardsmen, volunteers, construction workers, electrical workers, iron workers, plumbers, doctors, and more. Their tireless work in the days, months and years after 9/11 helped a City and a Country re-build, stronger than before, after the most destructive attack on American soil in history.
Reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. This includes the reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”). Pursuant to the Reauthorized Bill, all claims that received award offers before December 18, 2015 are considered “Group A claims”. All pending claims that did not receive an award offer as of December 18, 2015 are considered “Group B claims”.
Cancers The Zadroga Act did not initially include cancers on their list of Covered Conditions. However, on June 8, 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) proposed a new rule to add certain types of cancer to the list of Covered Conditions. This new rule took effect on October 12, 2012.
Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act we owe these people the care and attention they need to live with and, hopefully, overcome their 9/11-related ailments. The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is a U.S. federal law providing medical benefits and financial compensation to those injured as a result of exposure to the post-9/11 toxic environment.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, often called the “Zadroga Bill”, was signed into law by President Obama in early 2011 and was later reauthorized by Congress in 2015. The Zadroga Bill created two important programs: 1) the World Trade Center Health Program (“WTCHP”), which provides health monitoring and treatment services for people affected by 9/11-related medical issues; and 2) the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”), which pays financial awards to those who have physical injuries and have died due to exposure-related conditions.
Thanks to the Zadroga Bill, the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, first responders, volunteers, residents, students, and office workers, are entitled to free medical care and financial compensation, for the medical conditions caused by their Lower Manhattan exposure after 9/11.
How 9/11 Victim Compensation Funds Awards Are Calculated In 2010, the United States Congress passed the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, often called the Zadroga Bill, which created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). The VCF, a federal fund, offers financial awards to those who have been diagnosed with cancers and non-cancer conditions as a result of the dust and debris from the fallen World Trade Center Twin Towers or from the presence of toxic materials at the Pentagon or Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash sites. The WTCHP, administered by NIOSH, provides free health care for the medical conditions related to exposure after 9/11.
Injury Statistics and Studies for First Responders A significant study was published in 2010 by the chief medical officer for the Office of Medical Affairs at New York City’s Fire Department. This study involved 5,000 rescue workers and found that all had an average of 10 percent impairment in their lung function, with little to no improvement over 6 years.2
VCF Claims Process VCF claim requires completion of the claim form application, as well as the submission of numerous supporting documents and records. If the application is completed incorrectly, or any of the required supporting documentation is missing, the claim will be marked as Inactive and review will not continue until the missing information is provided.
Get Help from Our Specialized NY Personal Injury Lawyers The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has represented hundreds of claimants to the VCF since its creation in 2011, including first responders, office workers, residents, and volunteers. Our experience with quickly moving cases through the VCF process is second to none. Our clients receive the highest possible awards for their VCF claims, and so can you. Call our 24-hour toll-free line at 1-800-2-DEARIE (1-800-233-2743), or visit our Manhattan or Bronx locations to learn more.