On September 11th, 2001, approximately 2,750 people perished when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in NYC, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and crashed a plane into a field in Shanksville, PA, killing everyone on board. The immediate death toll was devastating, but nobody could anticipate that nearly 20 years later, victims would still be suffering—and dying—from illnesses related to toxic dust exposure. More than 2,000 people have died due to 9/11-related illnesses, and that number continues to grow.
Fortunately, in 2010 the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was passed, creating two programs that provide 9/11 victims with financial compensation and health care.
It is estimated that 500,000 people were exposed to toxic dust on and after September 11th, 2001. As part of the Zadroga Act, the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) has certified an extensive list of illnesses that are eligible for medical treatment through the WTCHP and compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). To qualify for VCF compensation, victims must establish that their illness was linked to exposure in the disaster area and enroll in the WTCHP.
The skilled and experienced legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP has helped 9/11 survivors and responders gain access to the health care and compensation they deserve. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation.
Who Is Eligible for a 9/11 Fund Payout?
It is important to note that victims must first enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) in order to submit a claim to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for compensation. Responders and survivors who were present in the Lower Manhattan Exposure Zone on or shortly after 9/11 are generally eligible for the WTCHP and VCF compensation.
More specifically, those eligible include:
In addition to belonging to one of the categories above, the eligible individual must be able to show that:
- They were present in the World Trade Center Exposure Zone between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002;
- They were present for at least a significant number of hours; and
- They are suffering from a 9/11-related illness.
Those directly in the dust cloud on September 11th, 2001, and those doing cleanup near Ground Zero and on or adjacent to the pile/pit, are at the greatest risk for 9/11-related illnesses, including cancers. Those who were present, going about their normal activities within the Lower Manhattan Exposure Zone, are also at risk.
Whether the victim was a first responder, office worker, resident, student, stockbroker, teacher, janitor, construction worker, volunteer, or tourist, they may be entitled to compensation and quality health care if they are suffering from 9/11-related health problems.
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Review Your Eligibility with a Dedicated 9/11 Victim Fund Lawyer
Serious illnesses and the types of damages they cause can be complicated. Anyone who believes they may be eligible for VCF compensation should review their eligibility with a dedicated 9/11 VCF lawyer today. The skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP thoroughly reviews each client’s unique case, always submitting medically-supported optional impact statements to maximize compensation. 9/11 illness victims can review their case with Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to determine the next step toward securing compensation. Call our attorneys at 212-983-3000 for a free consultation today.