Motley Rice attorney Vince Parrett has been invited to speak to a group of N.J. lawyers and judges at a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar on Jan. 29, 2013, to discuss "New 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claims: What Attorneys Need to Know."
Parrett, who represents 9/11 survivors and victims' families, has been an advocate for the rights of cancer-stricken 9/11 survivors who were exposed to toxins at the 9/11 crash sites and a strong supporter of the efforts made to allow them to seek compensation under the "New" Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
In addition to the thousands who lost their lives or were injured during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, many others were hurt by exposure to environmental toxins that the attacks or cleanup work caused. Signed into law by the President in 2011, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 broadened the scope of the original September 11th VCF and expanded eligibility for compensation to first responders, cleanup workers, volunteers and others involved in the rescue and debris removal efforts.
This reactivated VCF began the process of providing economic relief to people who were physically injured or suffered toxic exposure. Among those who might be eligible for compensation are first responders, cleanup workers and residents in the Canal Street area who suffered injuries, illness or death resulting from work or toxic exposure at the World Trade Center, Pentagon or Shanksville, Penn., crash sites.
Most recently, on Sept. 10, 2012, federal authorities added 58 types of cancers to the list of covered illnesses. This action enables first responders and others who were at Ground Zero to receive medical care for certain cancers they developed post-9/11.
Learn more about the Victim Compensation Fund.