9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked and murdered thousands of Americans, and forever changed the lives of thousands more. In response to these horrific acts of terrorism, the United States government opened the original September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF I). This fund went to support the children, parents and spouses left behind by the 9/11 victims and was closed in 2004.

Dec. 18, 2015

Case Update:  Zadroga Act Re-authorized

On Dec. 18, 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the re-authorization of the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010. As such, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will remain open for another five years. Claimants who have been issued an award determination will begin to receive their full payments in the coming months, and the VCF is still open for new claimant registration.

Nine years later, the fund was re-authorized by Congress and reopened in response to the growing number of first responders, clean-up workers and residents who began suffering from a number of different illnesses, including cancer and lung diseases, and dying years after being exposed to toxic chemicals and carcinogens at the attack sites. The 9/11 VCF continues to operate today.

We Can File Your VCF Claims

Because of our experience working with victims filing through the original VCF, we understand that the maze of paperwork, documents and evidence needed to submit a claim can be a daunting. Our team has the experience and resources to assist you with your 9/11 VCF claim and is ready to advocate for you and your loved ones in order to maximize your compensation from the Fund.

Motley Rice is accepting clients who need legal guidance submitting their claims to the new 9/11 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 discuss a potential claim, contact Jodi Westbrook Flowers by email or call 1.800.768.4026.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Deadlines

  • No later than Dec. 18, 2020: registration closes for prostate cancer claims
  • No later than Dec. 18, 2020: registration closes for “rare cancer” claims
  • Dec. 18, 2020: final date to submit all eligibility and compensation forms to the VCF II

On Oct 12, 2014, registration closed for all those diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer other than prostate cancer. For more information, visit View the chart of all VCF deadlines.

Zadroga Act Reopens 9/11 VCF

Named “The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010” in honor of the late James Zadroga—a New York City police officer and 9/11 first responder whose death from respiratory disease was the first attributed to 9/11 toxic exposure—the Zadroga Act broadens the scope of the Victim Compensation Fund, enabling more people who suffered physical injury, illness or death as a result of the 9/11 attacks to obtain economic relief through the program.

Among those eligible for the new 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF II) are:

  • Canal Street area residents
  • Cleanup workers
  • Construction and sanitation personnel
  • First responders
  • Individuals who worked or volunteered in the areas of the three crash sites

World Trade Center Health Program

The new 9/11 Victim Compensation fund also established the World Trade Center Health Program (WTC Health Program) for the purpose of providing “medical monitoring and treatment for responders at the WTC and related sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, and survivors who were in the New York City disaster area.” The WTC Health Program provides valuable research regarding the health impacts of the 9/11 attacks and regularly updates the types of conditions eligible for treatment under the program.

9/11 Toxic Exposure Side Effects and VCF Eligibility

In a decision announced just one day before the 11th commemoration of 9/11, federal authorities added 58 types of cancers to the list of illnesses covered by the new Victim Compensation Fund. These cancers include, among others:

  • Bladder
  • Blood
  • Bone marrow
  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Esophageal
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Skin
  • Thyroid
  • Trachea

The full extent of health consequences resulting from 9/11 toxic exposure are still unknown, but many victims have been diagnosed with health problems such as:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Obstructive airway diseases
  • Obstructive lung defects
  • Occupational asthma (WTC Cough)
  • Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
  • Upper or lower airway disease

On Feb. 1, 2014, the WTC Health Program announced it will consider certain blood or bone marrow disorders as covered health conditions that are eligible to members for treatment. As in past additions by the WTC Health Program, we anticipate the 9/11 VCF to consider these modifications to the list of covered conditions.

Please note that if you already applied to the original Fund and received compensation for your injuries, you may not be eligible to re-apply to the new Victim Compensation Fund unless you can show that your injuries have substantially worsened or are different, new injuries.

Our Work with the Original 9/11 VCF

Motley Rice lawyers also performed a considerable amount of work for numerous clients that participated in the original 9/11 VCF. Our lawyers helped people and families navigate the complexities of the system to assist them with their claims. Motley Rice co-founder Ron Motley (1944–2013) and his team were recognized in a letter from Special Master Kenneth Feinberg for their efforts on behalf of the clients they represented in the Fund.

Holding Airlines and Security Companies Accountable:
In re September 11 Litigation

In the consolidated lawsuit 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 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. 

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