Slater Slater Schulman is assisting clients who qualify for World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund as authorized by the Zadroga Act.
On July 29, 2019, President Trump signed into law The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The VCF Permanent Authorization Act extends the Fund’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims.
What is the WTC Victim Compensation Fund?
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, thousands of victims died and many thousands more suffered health complications related to the terrible events of that day. In addition those killed at the WTC site on September 11, millions of workers, residents, volunteers, tourists and rescue workers were exposed to toxic dust following the collapse of the Twin Towers. Thousands of these people have developed serious illnesses.
The Federal government has authorized and funded compensation for those people who suffered from the toxic exposure in their passing of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. These include people who were caught in the toxic environment on September 11 as well as those who returned to workplaces, schools, residences, medical centers and other physical locations in the months after that date. Specifically, compensation may be available to those present in lower Manhattan, for any reason, between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002.
The Zadroga Act
In their efforts to provide health care and compensation to those who physically suffered from the toxic exposure from September 11, the Federal government passed the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2011. The Zadroga Act allocated $2.775 billion to a Victim Compensation Fund to compensate sufferes, and an additional $1.5 billion to funding medical treatment and monitoring for related injuries.
While the original act provided much needed relief to those affected, it soon became clear that there were many more injuries caused by the toxic environment than the original act compensated victims for. In December 2015, Congress authorized additional funds to cover these injuries for an additional five years. The Zadroga Act now provides for health care for the next seventy five years, as well as expands the list of covered injuries, conditions, and related deaths eligible to receive compensation.
What Injuries are Covered?
Individuals caught in lower Manhattan in the aftermath have been reporting much higher rates of contracting serious diseases, including many forms of cancer and breathing difficulties. Many of these illnesses have resulted in deaths. A complete list of covered illnesses and conditions may be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/conditions.html
Slater Slater Schulman may help you register for the World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund
Those affected have a limited time to file for compensation. There are important deadlines for which you will need to register or risk losing your ability to qualify for Fund compensation. A list of these deadlines may be found here: https://www.vcf.gov/pdf/RegisterChart.pdf
We are encouraging those affected to register themselves or contact us to do so for you as soon as you become aware of your diagnosis and/or as soon as you are aware that you may have a claim. Contact us today at (212) 922-0906 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you navigate this process. All consultations are without charge.