9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Update: The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is approaching an important deadline on October 12, 2014 for people diagnosed with a 9/11-related eligible cancer other than prostate cancer on or before October 12, 2012 and who have not already registered or filed a VCF claim.

On Feb. 1, 2014, the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program announced it will consider certain blood or bone marrow disorders as WTC-related covered health conditions, making them available for WTC Health Program medical treatment services for eligible members. Click here for more information and a list of these conditions. As in past additions by the WTC Health Program, we anticipate the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will consider these modifications to the list of presumptively covered conditions.  

On Oct. 3, 2011, the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (9/11 VCF) reopened for registration. The VCF, also called the 9/11 VCF or the new Fund, initiated the process of providing economic relief to people who were physically injured or exposed to toxins at the 9/11 crash sites. First responders, cleanup workers, construction and sanitation personnel, Canal Street area residents, and individuals who worked, or volunteered in the areas of the crashes at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon site, and the Shanksville, Pa. site are among those who may be eligible for compensation.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act) was signed into law in early 2011, reactivating the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. The Zadroga Act broadens the scope of the original Fund, enabling more people, including 9/11 workers and volunteers, who suffered physical injury, illness or death as a result of the 9/11 attacks to obtain compensation from the program.

On April 2, 2012, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) recommended to Dr. John Howard, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Director and Zadroga Act Health Administrator, to make certain cancers eligible for treatment under the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. On June 8, 2012, it was announced that approximately 50 cancers would be added to the list of illnesses and conditions covered under the Fund following a public comment period of several months. The decision was made by Dr. John Howard following numerous studies.

In a timely decision that was announced on Sept. 10, 2012, just one day before the 11th commemoration of 9/11, federal authorities added 58 types of cancers to the list of covered illnesses, enabling first responders and others who were at Ground Zero to receive medical care for certain cancers they developed post-9/11.

Motley Rice anti-terrorism and human rights attorneys are accepting clients who need guidance understanding their legal rights within the new 9/11 VCF. If you or a loved one suffered from a physical injury, illness or death potentially connected to 9/11 toxic exposure or debris removal and would like to consult with a Motley Rice 9/11 lawyer, call 1.800.768.4026 ext. 9649.

Motley Rice and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Experience

Because of our experience, we understand that the maze of paperwork, documents and evidence needed to submit a claim with the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (9/11 VCF) can be a daunting. Our team has the experience and resources to assist you with your 9/11 VCF claim and is ready to fight for you and your loved ones in order to maximize your compensation from the Fund. Under the 9/11 VCF, attorneys' fees and costs combined are capped at ten percent of the recovered compensation, and you will not pay any fees or expenses to us unless you receive compensation for your claim.

Motley Rice anti-terrorism and human rights lawyers are fighting against al Qaeda and other alleged financial and material sponsors of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, representing more than 6,500 family members, survivors and those who lost their lives in In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2011, MDL 1570. In consolidated litigation known as In re September 11 Litigation, Motley Rice anti-terrorism lawyers represented and settled the claims of 56 of the 96 families who opted out of the original $7 billion 9/11 VCF to pursue claims against aviation and security companies. In addition to providing greater answers, accountability and recourse to victims' families, the litigation helped provide public access to evidence in an archive of selected discovery materials gathered in the litigation.

Motley Rice lawyers also performed a considerable amount of work for numerous clients who did choose to participate in the original 9/11 VCF. Our lawyers helped those individuals and families navigate the complexities of the system to assist them with their claims. Ron Motley and his team were even recognized in a letter from Special Master Kenneth Feinberg for their efforts on behalf of the clients they represented in the Fund.