9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
On Oct. 3, 2011, the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) reopened for registration. The VCF, commonly called the new VCF or 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 and Canal Street area residents who suffered injuries, illness or death resulting from work or toxic exposure at the World Trade Center, Pentagon or Shanksville, Penn., crash sites 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 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 is accepting clients who need legal guidance submitting their claims to the new Victim Compensation Fund. 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 Victim Compensation Fund can be a daunting. Our team has the experience and resources to assist you with your Victim Compensation Fund claim and is ready to fight for you and your loved ones in order to maximize your compensation from the Fund. Under the Fund, 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 Victim Compensation Fund 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 Victim Compensation Fund. 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.