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Mesothelioma WTC Asbestos Exposure Link to 9/11 Victims

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Leading medical experts are now predicting an impending health crisis caused by 9/11 WTC asbestos exposure causing waves of mesothelioma and asbestosis in the next 15-20 years.

The death toll from the New York City 9/11 terrorist attacks could climb into the millions as a result of the toxic dust that blanketed Manhattan when the Twin Towers collapsed, according to a new report from an Australian news agency.

Dr. Raja Flores, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and a Mesothelioma Expert at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Manhattan, NY told the Australian news agency:

“There’s almost nine million people in New York… a lot more people may have been exposed (to asbestos fibres) than we first thought. It contaminated a huge portion of the city and that entire population was exposed. In 15-20 years we are going to see a serious health issue here in New York. We haven’t even seen the tip of this iceberg yet.

“There are a lot of people now who are having respiratory issues and we are starting to see more cancers,” he said.

“People are already getting sick from the asbestos and they have died from it. If I had to bet my house, in 15-20 years we are going to see a serious health issue here.

“I think you will probably see double or tripling of the number of lung cancers in people who were in New York City on 9/11 and mesothelioma and people dying of pleural fibrosis from asbestosis.”

Hidden in the dust was cancer causing toxins such as  asbestos, mercury, fibreglass and benzene. In addition, when the dust settled, these toxins burned with all the jet fuel on the “pile” at Ground Zero until February 2002 and the fumes spread like a toxic cloud throughout lower Manhattan. It was inhaled by almost everyone in the city in different levels depending on their proximity to Ground Zero and the World Trade Center crash site area. Exposure in the 9/11 WTC “crash site area” is one of the requirements to make a claim for 9/11 related mesothelioma.

Dr Flores warned that children exposed to the toxic dust in the days following the terror attack had a greater risk of developing cancers. Exposure to asbestos can cause life-threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. These diseases normally take between 20 and 50 years to display symptoms.

The World Trade Center Health Program estimates over 400,000 people were exposed  toxins, including asbestos, during the rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts that followed 9/11. People most impacted by asbestos at Ground Zero were people assigned to rescue and recovery on the pile. Clean-up workers in the months after the towers collapsed were also exposed to asbestos.

This is a grim reminder of the catastrophic medical impact on first responders and victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Conditions such as mesothelioma, 9/11 related lung cancer and asbestosis are well known deadly conditions resulting from 9/11 related toxic exposure.

If you have questions about a 9/11 World Trade Center mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis claim, please call our 9/11 lawyers Dan Hansen or Troy Rosasco at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) and/or visit us at www.911cancerclaim.com.

American Hero: FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer Dies from 9/11 Kidney Cancer

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Ray Pfeifer, a retired NYC firefighter and tireless advocate for the Zadroga Act, died Sunday evening of 9/11 kidney cancer at the age of 59. God bless his family, friends and brothers in the FDNY.

Ray was a hero until the very end. I recently saw Ray at a 9/11 fundraiser on April 15, 2017. The place was packed 300 strong with Ray’s supporters and admirers!

It had been Ray’s vision to provide a handicapped accessible van that would benefit other 9/11 victims and families in need of transportation to medical and hospital appointments. The Ray Pfeifer – Full Circle Fundraiser for FDNY Family Transport raised over $50,000.00 and bought a new top notch van to help be used in the future. Ray gave until the very end.

However, the Ray Pfeifer story about much more than a van. After he was diagnosed and in treatment with Stage 4 –  9/11 kidney cancer, he voluntarily chose to make countless visits to the halls of Congress to button hole Washington, DC Representatives and Senators to support the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.

The Zadroga Act re-opened the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and established the World Trade Center Health Program. To say that the Zadroga Act would not have been passed into law without the efforts of Ray Pfeifer would not be an understatement. He was part of the regular team of tireless 9/11 Zadroga Act advocates making numerous trips to knock on doors in Congress. Despite his serious 9/11 cancer diagnosis, Ray was indefatigable. A true American Hero.

As we enter the summer of 2017 and beyond, let us not ever forget Ray Pfeifer and all those who fight like him for 9/11 cancer victims.  It is a sacred cause. Thank you Ray.

The Firefighter’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling,
to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor,
and protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I must answer death’s call,
bless with your protecting hand,
my family one and all.

Do You Have to be a First Responder to have a Claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?

The answer in “No”.

Although first responders, including firefighters, police officers and others, make up the majority of eligible claimants before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, there are other groups of individuals with 9/11 cancers who are considered “survivors” and are also eligible to make a compensation claim at the VCF.

Essentially, any person who was in the “9/11 crash site area” (generally see map below) between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002 may be eligible for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Their work activity does not have to do with anything related to the 9/11 rescue, recovery or cleanup. To date, Turley, Hansen & Rosasco’s largest recovery has been almost $3 million for a non-first responder.

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The following individuals, who are not necessarily “first responders” are potentially eligible for cash compensation from the VCF if they were below Canal Street between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002:

  • All office workers in buildings below Canal Street in lower Manhattan;
  • All residents of lower Manhattan below Canal Street;
  • Wall Street traders and other professionals;
  • Insurance professionals in lower Manhattan;
  • Attorneys with offices below Canal Street in lower Manhattan;
  • Cleaners in offices in lower Manhattan;
  • Con Ed, Verizon and cable workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Sanitation workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Ironworkers in lower Manhattan;
  • Crane operators in lower Manhattan;
  • Carpenters in lower  Manhattan;
  • MTA workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Port Authority workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Truckers in lower Manhattan;
  • Traffic officers in lower Manhattan;
  • Students and teachers in lower Manhattan;
  • Street vendors in lower Manhattan;
  • Church workers and volunteers in lower Manhattan;
  • Health workers in lower Manhattan;
  • Business owners in lower Manhattan
  • NYC employees including City Hall employees;
  • NY State and federal court employees.

For many of these “survivors” , there are different application forms that must be filled out and different health clinics through the World Trade Center Health Program they should attend to obtain “certification”  of their 9/11 cancers or other illness.

Should you have any questions about your eligibility as a “non-first responder” for a cash award from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call one of our 9/11 lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636)

 

 

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Releases New 2017 Statistics

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Last Friday, April 28th, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) published its first Quarterly Report of 2017. See the new VCF report here.

Here are the main take-aways:

  • The Good News! – The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has made substantial progress making decisions on the oldest  claims. As of the end of 2016, almost 2,500 VCF compensation claims were awaiting a decision where the request for compensation had been made in 2015 or earlier. Since then, approximately 35% (or 875) have been decided.  That is an amazing increase in the Fund’s productivity while not sacrificing quality. One of the most common questions my clients ask me is “why does it take so long to get a  9/11 Victim Compensation Fund decision?” (see video here). Many clients with complex claims that are fully submitted have been patiently waiting for several years. I am happy to report that our new full time Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya hit the ground running last year and has increased staff and this is the primary reason for the substantial progress on the older claims. The Special Master predicts that all claims that were fully submitted in 2015 should receive award determinations by the end of 2017.  This compensation will obviously help many of our clients and their families.
  • In addition, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is in the process of establishing new policies and procedures for all claims going forward that will help claims be decided faster, fairly and more accurately. That would be a godsend to all the first responders and victims who are very sick.
  • To date, the total dollar value of all Victim Compensation Fund decisions rendered equals approximately $2.48 billion dollars.
  • Over 80% of all VCF compensation awards to date have been made to New York City first responders. The overwhelming majority of these decisions have been for personal injury claims as opposed to death claims.
  • A total of 3,116 decisions have been made on appeals or amended claims. Both 9/11 VCF appeals and amendments are growing rapidly, and the Special Master is hiring additional hearing officers in the New York City office to  handle the increase in appeals and amendments.

As always, should you have any questions about the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).

Do You Need a Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Lawyer?

Do you have a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim? If so, do you need a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund attorney? How much does a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund lawyer cost? How do I know which 9/11 lawyer to choose?

These are all good questions and this video and post by Troy Rosasco, a 9/11 lawyer at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco, will try to give you the answers:

  • Do you have a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim?
    • If you worked, lived or routinely visited downtown Manhattan below Canal Street (the “9/11 crash site zone” ) between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002  AND
    • have been diagnosed with cancer, a respiratory illness or digestive disease, You May Have a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim and be entitled to tax free compensation for pain and suffering damages and lost earnings.
  • Do you need a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) lawyer?
    • It depends. Currently, over 80% of all 9/11 victims file their claims through lawyers so that they do not have the burden of filing all the paper work.
    • Given the relatively low fees that 9/11 WTC lawyers charge (set by law at 10% of compensation recovered), many claimants find it easier to let an attorney navigate the system for them so that the attorney can maximize their compensation.
    • However, if you do not have cancer and you are not currently losing time from work, you may be able to handle the claim yourself. The choice is yours.
  • How much does a 9/11 lawyer cost?
    • The Zadroga Act limits all attorneys to a 10% fee on the total recovery. In addition, attorneys are not allowed to be reimbursed for “routine expenses” in filing the claim. Routine expenses include obtaining medical records to support a claim or obtaining private treating physician reports to support a claim.
    • Finally, in cases where a 9/11 victim has died and a “personal representative” must be appointed to file a claim, the attorney must absorb the costs associated with  any Surrogate Court filings.
    • Pursuant to the rules of the VCF, legal fees or filing expenses associated with any Surrogate court proceedings to obtain “letters testamentary” or “letters of administration” are the responsibility of the attorney.
    • Given this VCF policy, it makes hiring a 9/11 lawyer in cases involving death more economical if a family would otherwise have to pay another attorney for Surrogate Court fees on their own.

Should you have any questions, please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO. Thank you.

9/11 Lawyer Troy Rosasco to Lecture on WTC Victim Compensation Fund Claims

Turley Hansen founding partner and 9/11 lawyer Troy Rosasco will be giving an updated 9/11 VCF lecture for Lawline  in NYC on April 10, 2017.

Mr. Rosasco previously lectured  for Lawline on the original James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010.  The new lecture will focus on the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the differences between the two acts. Lawyers can earn Continuing Legal Education credit for watching this practical lecture on April 10th or at a later time on streaming video.

The lecture is not just for lawyers. It will be taught in a easy to understand, down to earth manner so that anyone wishing to know more about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (claimants, family members, reporters etc.) can learn the basics of the law. Click here if you would like to watch this lecture live on April 10th.

  • In 2001, Congress created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which provided compensation for economic and non-economic loss to individuals, or the personal representative of individuals, who were killed or physically injured as a result of the terrorist related attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (“Zadroga Act”). Title II of the Zadroga Act re-opened the VCF and expanded the eligibility criteria to include those who took part in the debris removal efforts during the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
  • On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill “reauthorizing” the Zadroga Act, which included the reauthorization of the VCF. The reauthorization extended the VCF for five years and included some important changes to the VCF’s policies and procedures for evaluating claims and calculating each claimant’s loss.

Mr. Rosasco will cover issues such as new filing deadlines, covered conditions (including almost 70 different types of 9/11 related cancer, COPD, and Sleep Apnea), eligibility requirements, appeals and average award amounts and how they are calculated.

Join a nation leading 9/11 lawyer for a information packed one hour lecture  to learn what you need to know about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. 

Call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO if you have an questions or want a Free Consultation.

 

New 9/11 Victim Lawsuit Filed under JASTA

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As  reported in the NY Daily News, a new 28 page 9/11 victim lawsuit was filed on March 17th, 2017 in federal court against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, also known as JASTA.

Specifically, the families of 9/11 victims allege that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

  • knowingly providing material support and resources to the al Qaeda terrorist organization and facilitating the September 11th Attacks,

  • raised, laundered and paid substantial financial support to al Qaeda to fund its budget and terrorist activities, including the preparation and execution of the September llth Attacks;

  • funded the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan where al Qaeda indoctrinated and taught their hijackers the skills they used to carry out the September llth Attacks;

  • provided critical logistical support and resources to al Qaeda around the world, funding safe houses, furnishing false passport and travel documents, transferring al Qaeda money, weapons and equipment across international borders and other assistance, all of which enabled al Qaeda to conduct the September 11th Attacks;

  • actively supported al Qaeda in its final preparations for the September 11th Attacks through a network of the Kingdom’s officers, employees and/or agents who met with and aided the hijackers, providing them with money, cover, advice, contacts, transportation, assistance with language and U.S. culture, identification, access to pilot training and other material support and resources.

  • For years prior to and on September 11, 2001, Saudi Arabia established, owned, operated and controlled a series of state-run “charity” organizations, namely:

    • the Muslim World League (MWL),

    • the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), • the Rabita Trust,

    • the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY),

    • the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF),

    • the al Haramain Islamic Foundation (AHIF),

    • the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SHC),

    • the Saudi Joint Relief Committee for Kosovo and Albania (SJRC), and

    • the Saudi Red Crescent (SRC),

  • these  Saudi “charity” organizations:

    •  (i) were so closely related to Saudi Arabia that they must be considered as part of Saudi Arabia, and/or;

    • (ii) were government agents of Saudi Arabia and/or;

(iii) were alter-egos of Saudi Arabia, because Saudi Arabia: established, controlled, operated and regulated each organization through its King, Council of Ministers, the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, the Council of Senior Ulema, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other Ministries and bodies and Saudi Arabia’s Embassies throughout the world; maintained significant, repeated and extensive control of the day-to-day operations of each organization; provided each organization with virtually all of its funding and determined how its funds were distributed; established guidelines, plans and policies that each organization was required to follow; appointed Saudi Arabia officials and employees to the lead positions within each organization; staffed each organization with Saudi Arabia’s officials and employees; hired, fired and directed each organization’s officers and employees; required each organization to obtain its approval for ordinary business decisions, including purchases, the locations of its operations and offices, banking, budgeting and grant decisions; used each organization’s personnel and property as its own; ignored the separate legal status, if any, of each organization; treated each organization as a part of Saudi Arabia; used each organization to perform its core governmental functions, including foreign affairs and the advancement of Saudi Arabia’s state religion of Wahhabism throughout the world; and operated, controlled and used each organization in such a manner that it would work a fraud or injustice to regard the organization as a legal entity separate from Saudi Arabia.

  • Saudi Arabia adopted an extremist version of Islam, Wahhabism, as the state religion; declared that its propagation was a core function of the state; and, sought to advance it around the world through Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Embassies, Saudi Arabia’s charity organizations and other government agents.

  • Saudi Arabia knew from at least the early 1990s that al Qaeda had begun to pursue and carry out terrorist attacks against the United States, and used Wahhabism to justify its campaign of anti-American violence, but Saudi Arabia’s charitable organizations and Saudi Arabia’s officials, employees and agents continued to provide material support and resources for al Qaeda through and including September 11, 2001.

  • From 1988 to 1990, Saudi Arabia knew that Osama Bin Laden made public speeches at his family’s mosque in Jeddah and other locations in Saudi Arabia where he declared that the United States was the primary target of al Qaeda; as an example, in 1990 he stated that:

    “The Americans won’t stop their support of Jews in Palestine until we give them a lot of blows. They won’t stop until we do jihad against them.”

  • For years prior to September 11, 2001, as further detailed herein, Saudi Arabia had a relationship and communications with Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda’s operatives, associates and activities throughout the world.

  • For at least a decade prior to and on September 11, 2001, as detailed herein, Saudi Arabia knew that numerous officials, employees and agents of Saudi Arabia were al Qaeda operatives or sympathizers who actively supported al Qaeda’s terrorist agenda against the United States.

  • For years prior to and including September 11, 2001, Saudi Arabia’s passport offices and authorities applied a secret marker/indicator to the passports of persons who had known ties to al Qaeda, and this marker/indicator was found in the passports of at least three of the 19 hijackers responsible for the September 11th Attacks, including Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar, and others who assisted them, including Omar al Bayoumi, a Saudi Arabia employee and agent who aided the hijackers in 2000-2001 in California, as detailed herein, and information about this marker/indicator was not known by United States consular officers, immigration or law enforcement agencies.

  • For at least a decade prior to and on September 11, 2001, as detailed herein, Saudi Arabia had knowledge of the violent goals of al Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden to wage terrorist attacks against the United States and its citizens and that al Qaeda had engaged in numerous terrorist attacks and attempted attacks against United States targets.

  • For at least a decade prior to and on September 11, 2001, support for al Qaeda’s terrorist agenda against the United States was pervasive among officials and employees of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia was duplicitous: it presented a public face to the United States and other Western countries of a nation fighting al Qaeda and terrorism while at the same time,  Saudi government actors gave al Qaeda substantial material support and resources.

  • For many years prior to and on September 11, 2001, Saudi Arabia knew of many attempts by al Qaeda to conduct terrorist attacks directed against the United States, including the December 1992 attempt by al Qaeda to attack the United States by bombing two hotels in Sanaa, Yemen where al Qaeda thought U.S. military personnel were staying.

  • On or shortly after February 26, 1993, Saudi Arabia knew that terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda exploded a truck bomb in the parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, with the intent to topple one of the towers into the other, resulting in 6 deaths and over 1,000 injuries.

  • In or about October 1993, Saudi Arabia knew that al Qaeda was involved in the attack on U.S. military forces in Somalia that resulted in 18 deaths and numerous injuries to U.S. soldiers.

There are more disturbing allegations in this long legal complaint. We are not publishing the actual legal complaint so as to protect the names of victims and their families.  If you would like a copy of the public document, you may call us at 631-518-6155.  It is disturbing reading.

Saudi Arabia continues to spend millions of dollars on lobbyists in Washington, DC to influence members of Congress to repeal or amend the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, also known as JASTA.  It would be a travesty of justice for Congress and the President  to allow this to happen.

If you have questions about your eligibility to join the new 2017 9/11 JASTA lawsuit, please call one of the Turley Hansen 9/11 JASTA lawyers at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).

 

Turley Hansen Obtains $2.98 Million 9/11 Fund “Group B Claim” Award – Largest “Group B” Award to Date

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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya released the 5th Annual Status Report along with updated statistics. Click here to see the full March 2017 9/11 Victim Fund report.

The 2017  9/11 Status Report indicates that the highest 9/11 Award amount for “Group B” claims through 12/31/2016 was $2,980,984.94.  Of the 2,424 “Group B” compensation determinations made, Turley Hansen can confirm that this award was made to one of our very ill and deserving 9/11 clients. (see page 13 of the 2017 VCF Status Report).

Other important highlights from the 34 page report include:

  • Of the 2,424 Group B claims that have had determinations made – 1,876 have been for responders (FDNY, NYPD, FBI, FEMA, EMT, MTA, volunteers and others), 402 have been non-responders (ironworkers, crane operators, laborers, Verizon workers, Con Ed workers, cleaning workers, maintenance workers, truckers, sanitation workers and more)  and 55 have been injured residents of downtown Manhattan.
  • The vast majority of VCF registered 9/11 victims presently reside in New York State, followed by New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Connecticut and Virginia, respectively.
  • The new 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master, Rupa Bhattacharyya, has increased staff significantly in both the Washington, DC and New York City offices in order to reduce compensation award processing times.
  • Jordana (“Jordy”) H. Feldman was named a Deputy Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) in the New York City office. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Feldman served in the first VCF (“VCF -1”) as a key advisor to Special Master Ken Feinberg and adjudicated eligibility and compensation claims, presided over hearings with victims’ families, and assisted in the development of policies and procedures. She also co-authored the Final Report of the Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
  • Appeals of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund decisions and awards have increased dramatically  since 2015. There has been a 230% increase in “eligibility” and “compensation” hearings since 2015. There are now 10 hearing officers and support team members in the New York City office.

The 9/11 attorneys and staff at Turley Hansen and Partners commend Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya and her staff for their dedication to the 9/11 Responder and Survivor community. With the passage of the 9/11 Reauthorization law in late 2015, the work required both writing new regulations and improving the claim process infrastructure was a monumental task in 2016 for the VCF team. 

We are glad to report that the 2017 September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Status Report indicates that the state of the 9/11 Fund is strong.

Controversial 9/11 Lawyer Paul Napoli Recruits Clients for JASTA Lawsuits

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Controversial 9/11 lawyer Paul J. Napoli, now Of Counsel to the law firm of Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, sent out a letter this week to 9/11 victims requesting them to sign a “JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) Consent Form”.

Many of my current clients received this audacious, self-congratulatory and confusing letter and called me to explain what it was all about.

See the 9/11 Napoli JASTA letter here.

My 9/11 clients never contacted Mr. Napoli about representation in a JASTA lawsuit or desired his representation.  See another newspaper article here on Mr. Napoli recruiting 9/11 clients for JASTA lawsuits last Fall.  I told them to toss the letter exactly where it deserved to go – the garbage. 

By the way, Mr. Napoli misspells the name of the actual law itself at least three times in his letter!  What does that tell you.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) gives victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks the right to sue in the United States courts the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for any role that the Saudi government may have played in the attacks.  15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals and 9/11 victim families claim members of the Saudi government and its embassy assisted the hijackers.

No matter who your current 9/11 attorney may be – you should be aware of the following before you sign any “JASTA Consent Form” from Paul Napoli.

  • You may retain the 9/11 JASTA attorney of your choice. Even if Mr. Napoli or his firm represented you in an old 9/11 related litigation, you are under no continuing obligation to use his legal services in the future for any 9/11 related matter.
  • If you have received a letter from Mr. Napoli like this and do not want to be involved in any 9/11 lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, toss Mr. Napoli’s letter and “JASTA Consent Form” in the garbage (or better your shredder).
  • Currently, no 9/11 attorney can tell you with any certainty whether a future  lawsuit will be successful. In fact, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently spending millions of dollars in Washington, DC to block the law.

If you have any questions for our lawyers about the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Filing Deadlines: What You Need to Know

On September 15, 2016, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) extended deadlines to file claims for compensation. The new  VCF deadlines substantially benefit many victims who were previously told that they had missed filing or registration deadlines.

Anyone who was previously told by any source that they missed a filing deadline should call our office today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) to see if they can now file under the new deadlines.

9/11 victims now have up to two years to register a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund from the date a government entity (such as the World Trade Center Health Program or the New York Workers’ Compensation Board) certifies a diagnosis (such as cancer) as being 9/11 related.  At the 9/11 law firm of Turley Hansen, we work closely with the World Trade Center Health Program to make sure our clients are properly “certified” so the do not miss any registration or filing deadlines.

For example, let’s say you were diagnosed by your private physician with prostate cancer on February 1, 2017.  You call our office and we help you enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program (a government entity).   The WTC Health Program certifies that your prostate cancer is 9/11 related on March 1, 2017.  This is your “Registration Start Date”. You have until March 1, 2019 (two years later) to register your claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Other governmental entities that can start the registration VCF deadline include employers such as the FDNY, NYPD, or NYCERS for purposes of awarding a disability pension.

For individuals not being treated through the WTC Health Program, the Registration Start Date is the earlier of: (1) the date on which a government entity determined that the physical injury or condition was 9/11-related, or (2) the date on which the individual’s physical injury or condition is verified through the VCF’s Private Physician process.  Call us to discuss “certification” under the VCF’s Private Physician process.

For families of loved ones who passed due to what they believe was a 9/11 related illness, they must register within two years of the victims death. In the case of new-onset 9/11 related Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), if the victim died on or before August 4, 2016, the family would have until August 4, 2018 to register.

See the official 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Registration and Deadline chart here.

Important: Regardless of the date of your 9/11 condition “certification”, all 9/11 claims and supporting documents must be filed by December 18, 2020.  For example, if you are diagnosed with colon cancer on November 1, 2020, you need to have your cancer “certified” as 9/11 related and all your full claim filed in just over six weeks. Call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) with any VCF deadline questions you might have.

 

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