The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Almost two decades after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the death toll continues to rise. The number of cancer victims who have perished since 9/11 is thought to be greater than the number of casualties on 9/11.
Options For 9/11 Victims’ Options To Secure Compensation
Recognizing the need to compensate victims and their family members, the U.S. Congress established the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. It provides much-needed financial relief for those who suffered respiratory disease and certain types of cancers caused by the inhalation of debris.
Other conditions include:
- Interstitial lung disease
- Obstructive airway diseases
- Upper airway inflammatory disorders
- Gastroesophageal reflux disorder
- Sleep apnea
- Musculoskeletal disorders
To qualify, claimants must have been present in the disaster area for a certain number of hours depending on their location in lower Manhattan south of Canal Street from September 11, 2001 through May of 2002. The Fund’s registration deadline is two years from the date that they knew of the existence of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Recently added conditions require applications within two years from the date they were added. The absolute deadline for all registrations is December 18, 2020.
Medical proof that the illness was caused by debris inhalation is not required. Evaluations of claims are based on the date of the onset of symptoms and/or when a victim was diagnosed. It is important to note that while victims are compensated for financial loss, and pain and suffering, the Fund’s reauthorization has established additional restrictions and caps placed on damages.
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Legal Support During The Complex Application Process
Claimants must fill out a lengthy application and provide supporting materials and collateral source information that includes:
- Tax returns
- Medical records
- Affidavits that prove presence in the disaster area
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Insurance/pension information
The Fund also provides for standard attorney fees, set at 10 percent of the amount covered. Those who do not recover compensation will not pay any legal costs.
Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP, For Help
A complex process requires the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. At Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP, we have helped 9/11 victims secure the compensation they deserve. Our lawyers remain at their side, navigating them through every step.
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