The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was established in 2004 to provide financial compensation to the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars in property damage.
The VCF also provides compensation for any individual present at the crash site during the debris removal efforts and who developed a certified 9/11-related health condition. Compensation is also available for those individuals who were not present at the crash site but developed one of the following cancers after working or volunteering at one of the following sites: The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.
Who Administers the Fund?
The fund is administered by the New York City Comptroller’s Office. Its mission is to “provide economic benefits, including medical treatment, to eligible family members and dependents of those killed or injured in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”
If you or a relative have developed health issues rooting from your presence at 9/11, it’s important that you get in touch with an attorney at Weisfuse & Weisfuse.
What are the Conditions Included in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?
Thanks to the U.S Congress, the 9/11 victims can get some relief. After inhaling the toxic debris, the victims who developed cancers or aerodigestive disorders are entitled to compensation.
The 9/11 VCF also include other conditions such as:
- Obstructive airway disease
- Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
- World Trade Center-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (WTC-COPD)
- Chronic cough syndrome
- Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps
- Chronic bronchitis
- Chronic laryngitis/pharyngitis or reflux laryngopharyngitis
- Bronchiectasis without pneumonia or acute exacerbation
- Interstitial lung disease (ILD) includes but is not limited to pulmonary fibrosis, pleuritis or pleural thickening, pleural plaques, and sarcoidosis.
If you are filing a claim on behalf of a loved one who died as a result of 9/11 related illnesses or injuries, you must prove your relationship with the deceased victim in order to be eligible to receive compensation. You should also be prepared to produce medical records and other documentation that supports your claim.
What to Do If You Want to File 9/11 Victim Compensation Claim
If you are a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund recipient and have been notified that your award will be reduced or denied for whatever reason, you need to contact a 9/11 Victim Compensation attorney right away.
An attorney is not required to file a claim with the VCF but may help maximize compensation for your injuries due to their knowledge of the unique legal issues involved with the VCF process. An attorney can guide you through this process from start to finish and ensure that your rights are protected along the way.
If you suffer from a physical injury or mental illness due to a 9/11 attack, you may be eligible to receive compensation (money) from the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. You should also seek immediate medical attention if possible or necessary. You will then have two years to file your claim. In order to get the right amount of compensation, you must hire a lawyer specialized in 9/11 victim compensation.