The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund ("the Fund") was established by Congress to compensate those who suffer respiratory disease and certain types of cancers which were commonly associated with inhalation of debris after the attacks of September 11th.

Potential claimants must have been present in the disaster area at some point from September 11, 2001 through May 2002. The disaster area is approximately all of lower Manhattan south of Canal Street.

The conditions currently covered include: Interstitial Lung Disease, Obstructive airway diseases, Upper airway inflammatory disorders, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder, Sleep Apnea, Musculoskeletal Disorders, as well as various forms of cancer.

The deadline to register with the Fund is two years from the date of diagnosis. However, for recently added conditions, the registration deadline is two years from the date the condition was added. As of today, the absolute deadline for all registrations is December 18, 2020.

The Fund does not require that you medically prove that your illness was caused by debris inhalation. Instead, the Fund considers the date of the onset of symptoms and/or the date of diagnosis in its evaluation of your claim.

The application is lengthy and the supporting documentation that must be provided can be extensive. Claimants must often provide tax returns, medical records, affidavits proving presence in the disaster area, out of pocket bills, insurance/pension information, and other collateral source information.

The Fund compensates victims for financial loss as well as pain and suffering. However, there have been additional restrictions and caps placed on damages since the reauthorization of the Fund this year.

Attorneys fees are standard established by the Fund to be 10% of the amount recovered. There is no legal fee if you are not awarded compensation.

Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP represents victims before the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.