In honor of Memorial Day, this is the time of year we reflect on the many heroes we have in this great country and the sacrifices they have made. This includes all the brave men and women, first responders, and citizens that were involved in the tragedy on September 11, 2001.
Unfortunately, what many people do not realize is that those who survived 9/11 are still making sacrifices today. If you were present during the attack and are now suffering adverse effects, you could qualify for compensation from the federal government. A 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) lawyer can help. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we are available to help anyone affected to seek compensation from this program.
Contact us at 215-642-2335 today to learn more about your eligibility for compensation from the VCF.
If You Are a 9/11 Survivor, You Could Be Eligible for Compensation.
In the years since 9/11, cancer and respiratory illnesses have been on the rise for people exposed to the air following the tragedy. For many, a connection between their illness and the 9/11 attack never even occurred to them.
If you or someone you know was present at the 9/11 Ground Zero site or anywhere within the Lower Manhattan Exposure Zone, the federal government has extended VCF benefits to cancer and respiratory illness sufferers. These benefits are not solely for emergency personnel. They are for everyone.
If you were present near ground zero between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, and have been diagnosed with a qualifying illness or injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Call our office to learn more about the VCF.
Learn More About the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
Created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, the VCF compensates those who suffered physical harm in the attacks or during the debris-removal process that followed. The fund also pays individuals who lost a loved one to the attacks or the cleanup process.
The original VCF was set to expire in 2004, but the Obama administration extended the program until 2020.
The program continues to run almost two decades after the attacks because many victims did not immediately connect their illnesses or injuries to 9/11. If you were present at one of the 9/11 sites during or after the attacks, and you later suffered harm due to your exposure, it might not be too late to file a claim. An attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help.
You Could Be Eligible to File a Claim.
If you were a responder or survivor affected by the 9/11 aftermath at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon site, or the Pennsylvania crash site, you are eligible to file a claim with the VCF.
- Military personnel;
- Cleanup crew members;
- Construction and sanitation workers; and
Survivors include everyone else in the area during or after the attacks, such as local workers, students, residents, and passersby.
To qualify for the program, you must prove that your illness or injury resulted from your exposure. If you were treated through the WTC Health Program, that qualifies as proof. The same is true if you received any kind of government determination on your condition. If a private physician treated you, you must supply medical records and fill out additional medical forms.
In granting compensation, the VCF makes no distinction between responders and survivors, nor does it favor one group over the other. All that matters is you were present during or after the attacks, you suffered harm as a result, and you can prove it.
How to File a VCF Claim
Documents needed to File a Claim
To file your claim, you have to submit quite a few documents. You may need to produce the following when you apply:
- A claim form, medical release form, and bank information;
- Proof of presence at a 9/11 site, in the form of proof of residence, proof of employment, or an affidavit;
- Your medical records and a Private Physician Packet, if a private physician treated you;
- Proof of settlement or dismissal of any 9/11-related lawsuit, if applicable; and
- An impact statement describing how your 9/11-related injury or illness has affected your life.
It is important to note that your impact statement is not a required part of the process, but it can be very helpful for winning non-economic damages.
The Deadline to File a Claim
You must file your VCF claim by December 18, 2020, at the latest. However, depending on when you discovered your 9/11-related condition, your deadline could be earlier. For instance, if you received a government determination, you must file a claim within two years of it. If you are not sure of your deadline, call us for help. You do not want to let it pass and miss out on what could be substantial compensation.
Compensation Available From the Vcf
Your compensation depends on the severity of your condition. In general, the VCF does not cap economic losses, such as medical bills and lost wages, with one exception. Since many World Trade Center workers were highly paid professionals, the VCF limits compensation for lost income to $200,000 per year. To qualify for compensation for your lost wages, you must have a disability due to your condition.
You can also get paid for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. The VCF caps these payments to $250,000 if you had cancer and $90,000 if you did not have cancer.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 for a Free Consultation About Your Claim
The personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC want to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for the harm you suffered. We offer free consultations and case evaluations to 9/11 responders and survivors. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 215-642-2335.