Who is Eligible For 9/11 Compensation?

On September 11, 2001, approximately 2,750 people were killed 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. In fact, more than 2,000 people have died as a result of 9/11-related illnesses, and that number continues to grow.

In 2010, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (The Zadroga 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 compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). To be eligible for compensation, you must establish that your illness was linked to your exposure in the disaster area.

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 about your case.

Who Is Eligible for a 9/11 Fund Payout?

Responders and people who lived, worked, and studied in Lower Manhattan are generally eligible for VCF compensation. More specifically, those eligible include:

  • First responders, including NYPD officers, firefighters, and all emergency and rescue workers;
  • Clean-up workers;
  • Residents of Lower Manhattan who lived below Canal Street;
  • Students in Lower Manhattan whose schools were below Canal Street;
  • Anyone working in Lower Manhattan, below Canal Street; and
  • Anyone present when the towers collapsed, who was subsequently trapped in the resulting dust cloud.

VCF eligibility zone

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 911-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 you were a first responder, office worker, resident, student, stockbroker, teacher, janitor, construction worker, volunteer, or tourist, you may be entitled to compensation and quality health care if you 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. If you believe you may be eligible for VCF compensation, it is in your best interest to review your eligibility with a dedicated 9/11 VCF lawyer today. The skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help. You can review your 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.

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