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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) benefits are limited to individuals who were physically present at a 9/11 crash site on September 11, 2001, or within a few months thereafter. However, proving that you were in a certain location during a certain timeframe nearly 20 years ago can be a daunting task, and is one that many VCF claimants struggle with. But the VCF allows many types of evidence for this purpose. Our…
Applying for any form of benefits from the federal government requires compliance with certain types of deadlines, and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is no different. The two most important deadlines VCF claimants need to pay attention to are the registration deadline and the claim filing deadline. Failure to meet either of these deadlines can jeopardize your claim. If you have questions about VCF deadlines, please read on or contact our VCF lawyers…
After you file your claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), you may discover additional information or evidence that you failed to submit with your claim. Or if you are already receiving benefits, you may have new losses or be diagnosed with a new 9/11-related condition. In situations like these and many others, the VCF allows claimants to amend their claims to give the VCF a fuller picture of the claimant’s situation and…
Today marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the deadliest single instance of terrorism in history.  The widespread show of heroism and compassion in the aftermath of the attacks, combined with the passage of nearly two decades, has helped our country and the people impacted by 9/11 move on with their lives in many ways. But time does not heal all wounds, and many responders and survivors are still living with the physical,…
The Covid-19 pandemic has swept a healthcare and economic crisis across the country, including throughout the New York City metro area. As in the September 11 attacks, tragedy has also brought out the best in many people who are risking their own personal safety to assist their communities. It has also raised complicated questions about how to best ensure that essential workers and others who become infected with the disease are protected. The good news…
It is well documented that the 9/11 attacks have caused a number of respiratory and other medical issues for survivors and first responders. Some people may not know, however, that a wide range of skin cancer has also been linked to the attacks, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. The good news is that survivors and first responders who have been diagnosed with skin cancer can seek benefits under a pair of…
The coronavirus pandemic has brought a healthcare and economic crisis to doorsteps across the country, including throughout the New York metro area. At the front of the fight are first responders who put their own personal safety at risk to assist and protect their community. Legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would ensure that public safety officers that have been infected with Covid-19 get certain benefits. The Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response
Rupa Bhattacharyya, Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (9/11 VCF), released the following message on the anniversary of the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” which permanently authorized and funded the 9/11 VCF through 2090. As noted in our recent blog post, 2090 is the deadline to submit a claim – deadlines still apply for the registration of…
One year ago, on July 29, 2019, President Trump signed the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act into law. Among other things, the Act permanently funded the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which had been set to stop accepting claims in December of this year; removed funding caps; fully compensated prior claimants for awards reduced due to insufficient…
A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers recently formally introduced legislation that would create a new benefits program for essential workers infected with coronavirus. The bill’s introduction makes public details of a proposal that was first announced in May. The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act (H.R. 2020) would create a benefits fund that is similar in many ways to existing programs for 9/11 responders and survivors. It would provide certain benefits to essential workers – and family…