3,700 Ground Zero Responders and Others Around USA Have 9/11 Linked Cancers

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Those afflicted with 9/11-related cancers has hit the staggering number of 3,700. This number includes New York Fire Department members, New York policemen, other Ground Zero responders and downtown workers and residents who survived the tragic bombing. Many of these victims of 9/11 have more than one type of cancer. Dr. David Prezant, chief medical officer of the New York Fire Department says more than 2,100 firefighters and EMS personnel have retired on disability, primarily with various types of cancer and lung disease. Forty-four New York Fire Department responders died from cancer related to 9/11, while another 65 died from other World Trade Center-linked illnesses.

 

Blood cancers as well as thyroid, prostate and colon cancers have been more prevalent among the New York Fire Department members who were first responders during 9/11 than those Fire Department members who were not. As an example, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma struck the Deputy Chief of the FDNY, Thomas Riley, and later formed a tumor behind Riley’s right eye. Riley was on vacation when the 9/11 bombing occurred. He rushed back to New York, leading his troops to Ground Zero. Riley says he and his crew dug for survivors until 3:00 a.m., returning every day for months to search for remains. Riley notes that debris was flying into the eyes of the first responders every day they worked in the area.

 

Last fall, Riley began experiencing bouts of fatigue, and in December 2014, friends noticed his right eye was drooping. Riley’s doctor diagnosed a lymphatic orbital mass. Radiation has shrunk the tumor, however Riley’s eyes have been left vulnerable to wind, dust and bright light and must use eye drops to deal with the pain. Riley has joined other responders and victims to lobby Congress in an effort to extend the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund which will ensure those affected by 9/11 will receive necessary medical treatment for 9/11-related illnesses.

 

Lives Continue to Be Claimed by 9/11

In fact, nearly fourteen years after one of the most shocking, heartbreaking events in American History, lives are still being claimed by 9/11. According to Health Watch, 30,000 first responders developed an injury or illness which could be directly linked to 9/11.  Nearly nine years after the World Trade Center Bombing, legislation was passed to help these first responders, and later that legislation was re-booted, thanks to the Zadroga Act. Unfortunately, there are still many 9/11 cases pending, and the fund which compensates victims of 9/11 is set to run out of money in 2016. Congress must take action in order to ensure those who suffered 9/11-related illnesses will be compensated rather than leaving them with disabling diseases and illnesses.

How Many 9/11 Victims May Not Be Compensated?

Out of the 19,721 submissions from injured first responders and survivors, 11,770 have been deemed eligible for compensation, 942 have been deemed ineligible, and the remainder have not had a determination made regarding eligibility. Some research indicates the incidence of cancer among survivors and first responders of the 9/11 bombing attack is more than twice as high as among other Americans.

 

One study examined the health records of 10,000 first responder NY firefighters, finding they were 19 percent more likely to develop cancer than those who were not present at the World Trade Center bombing site. Exposure to the dust, debris and chemicals at the site vastly increased the likelihood of cancer; Dr. Prezant notes the cement dust at Ground Zero had a pH between 10 and 11, meaning it was akin to “inhaling powdered Drano.” It is expected there will be more and more 9/11-related illnesses as time passes, and it is extremely important there is money available to take care of those who develop these illnesses.

 

We all have a duty to make sure that the sick heroes of 9/11, especially those with 9/11 cancers, have professional legal representation and that this sordid mess does not hurt the ongoing valiant efforts to Extend the 9/11 James Zadroga Act.

 

Please help us tell Congress that we need the 9/11 Zadroga Act extended by clicking here. Thank you. 

Senator Gillibrand Stands Beside 9/11 First Responders to Support Zadroga Act Renewal

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood beside first responders, as well as elected officials and physicians, on Staten Island, in order to call attention to the importance of renewing the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Since the passage of the Zadroga Act in 2010, first responders have been able to receive free treatment for 9/11-related illnesses at the Mount Sinai WTC Health Program Clinical Center. Unfortunately, portions of the Act are set to expire in the fall of 2015, and in 2016. The Citizens for the Extension of the Zadroga Act feel the Victims’ Compensation Fund was insufficiently funded in order to allow all those left with 9/11-related injuries and illnesses to be adequately compensated. In light of the money left, if the Zadroga Act is not reauthorized, there could be thousands of victims left with disabling diseases and illnesses. These diseases and illnesses could result in an inability to work as well as staggering medical bills.

 

Cancers Associated with 9/11

Joseph Weibel, a New York City police sergeant who worked at Ground Zero, finally went to a doctor after losing 59 pounds in four months, and coughing up blood. Like many others, Weibel received a diagnosis of cancer as a consequence of inhaling the toxic dust and fumes which rained down on the city of New York after 9/11. The medical bills for these victims of the World Trade Center bombing can easily reach $20,000 a month, and prevent them from working. In the years since 9/11, as many as 3,700 individual cases of cancer have been linked to the World Trade Center bombing. From 2001 to 2008, the rates of cancer for first responders were 15 percent higher than those for the general public, and some research shows there is double the risk of cancer for 9/11 responders.

 

Thyroid, prostate, soft tissue and lymphoid cancers were especially prevalent. Until 2012, the laws which provided compensation for 9/11 first responders and survivors did not cover the monitoring and treatment of cancer, however today it specifies more than 50 types of cancer. Many experts were aware first responders at Ground Zero were developing cancers at a much higher rates than others even before the federal law was amended. Chief medical officer of the New York Fire Department, Dr. David Prezant, stated the site was highly toxic, and that the cement dust had a pH between 10 and 11, meaning it was “inhaled like powdered Drano”. A retired fire captain with lung disease and pancreatic cancer was awarded $1.5 million from the Victims’ Compensation Fund; he will receive 10 percent now, and the remainder in 2016. The fire captain said he hopes cases like his, “where we’re not expected to last long,” are rushed.

 

Gillibrand Notes a “Lack of Urgency” in Washington

Gillibrand notes there is a “lack of urgency,” in Washington regarding the fact that if the Zadroga Act is not reauthorized, thousands of those with 9/11-related illnesses and injuries will be left with no financial help and health care. Gillibrand says first responders answered the call of duty when our nation was under attack, and now deserve to be treated as heroes by Congress.

 

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association believes the United States owes those who participated in 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. In a heartrending statement, Lynch notes “As people streamed north, there was a confident stride in police officers and first responders pushing through the crowd, going toward the towers, not stopping, helping along the way. And then those same men and women…struggle to get up the stairs because they need the treatment.”  If the Zadroga Act is not reauthorized, more people will die as they are unable to receive medical treatment.

 

Turley Hansen & Partners would like you to join us in supporting the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Should you have any questions about the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act  or World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.

 

The End of Napoli Bern: 9/11 Client Rights and Ethics

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As reported in yesterday's New York Law Journal, the 9/11 law firm of Napoli Bern will now start "winding down" (coming to an end) under the supervision of referee and distinguished attorney Mark Zauderer.  This ends a sad chapter for hero first responders who watched this 9/11 law firm publicly disintegrate with sordid tales splashed across the pages of the New York Post

  • What happens now to the current 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund clients of Napoli Bern?
  • What are their rights if they choose to switch attorneys at this point?

As I previously predicted, many of their current clients have already left for other responsible 9/11 law firms during the course of this bitter feud.  They were obviously scared that their legitimate 9/11 VCF claims would  be hurt or delayed due to this law firm dispute.  The details of the partnership settlement yesterday are not public, so no one knows which partners, if any, will be taking over Napoli Berns's current client cases.

There will be many thorny ethical issues to be worked out regarding the "winding down" of Napoli Bern. Napoli Bern, or the remaining lawyers and/or referee, will now have to decide how to communicate to existing 9/11 VCF clients if the firm is dissolving in the "winding down process. 

Four important issues must be remembered:

  1. Attorneys have a duty to tell “their” clients that the firm is dissolving; and 
  2. Clients are not property –  a lawyer cannot decide which clients stay with one attorney or another – the clients decide.
  3. Attorneys must keep clients informed so that clients may make informed decisions about what the client wants to do regarding future representation;
  4. The client always has the right to obtain their file should they wish to bring their case to another law firm.  

We all have a duty to make sure that the sick heroes of 9/11, especially those with 9/11 cancers, have professional legal representation and that this sordid mess does not hurt the ongoing valiant efforts to Extend the 9/11 James Zadroga Act.

Please help us tell Congress that we need the 9/11 Zadroga Act extended by clicking here. Thank you. 

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Streamlines Claim Process to Further Reduce Delays

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Great news today for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claimants.  The VCF, in its ongoing successful efforts to process claims more quickly for 9/11 victims, issued a list of new "Claims Management System Enhancements" effective August 2015.

I think the most important changes for claimants are:

  • easier online registration changing many questions from "required" to "optional";
  • reduced number of "eligibility" questions;
  • reduced number of required "compensation" questions;
  • revamped document checklists with a new layout which is easier to navigate;

The most important changes for attorneys representing claimant's before the VCF are related to the automatic transfer of information from original "personal injury claims" to new "death claims" which should significantly speed up the process and spare additional heartache for the surviving family members.

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has already processed thousands of claims and awarded over $1.3 billion to date. These new enhancements should continue the admirable strides the Fund has made since it first opened. Its always nice to see our government working efficiently to give heroes what they deserve.

The 9/11 VCF attorneys at Turley Hansen & Partners ask that all those affected by 9/11 across the country to support the effort to Extend the 9/11 James Zadroga Act so that all future 9/11 related cancer victims can obtain medical care and be fully compensated for their economic loss.

Please click here to help protect these heroes. Thank you.

 

100 Plus House Members Support/Co-Sponsor Zadroga Reauthorization Act

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As the 14th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks approaches, the extension of the 9/11 James Zadroga Act established to help 9/11 survivors and responders is gaining momentum in Congress and will save lives , especially those heroes with 9/11 linked cancers.

 

The original James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law by President Obama in early 2011. The Act established the World Trade Center Health Program, ensuring those affected by 9/11 would continue to receive medical treatment for 9/11-related health problems through at least 2015. Rescue and recovery workers as well as those who lived, worked or went to school in lower Manhattan on 9/11 and suffered injury, were eligible to receive services under the program. The administrator of the WTC Health Program is also the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Program is paid for by New York City and the federal government.

 

Half of the Funds Paid for 25 Percent of the 9/11 Victims

While 5,636 victims of 9/11 have received compensation for their injuries, there are another 11,770 claims, which have been deemed eligible, plus 1,373 claims, which have not yet been determined. Unfortunately, half of the allocated money has been spent, yet there are potentially more than 13,000 claims yet to be paid. This means the money will run out long before all the victims of 9/11 are compensated. Support for a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act, known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, is in the works, introduced by Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter T. King. The Reauthorization Act would prevent the expected October 2016 shutdown of the Victim Compensation Fund.

 

House Members Lobby for Permanent Reauthorization of Zadroga Act

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney has stated support for a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act is “strong, bipartisan and growing.”  Maloney details the suffering of the 9/11 victims and first responders, noting many of them have developed severe health issues since the day of the attack, suffering immensely due to these health issues. The permanent extension of the Zadroga Act would ensure those whose lives were changed forever on 9/11 would continue to have access to desperately-needed health care.  H.R. 1786 is currently supported by more than 100 House members, with more expected to get behind the Zadroga Reauthorization Act in the near future.

 

Unfortunately, many Members of Congress who have spoken about “never forgetting” the 9/11 heroes, have failed to take a stand on this important legislation. If Congress fails to act, the VCF and WTCHP will shut down, leaving thousands of 9/11 survivors with no specialized health care for their injuries. Those who contracted or will contract 9/11-related cancers in the future would be left with absolutely no help. The companion legislation in the Senate is sponsored by 23 United States Senators. If passed, the Zadroga Reauthorization Act would continue the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund, making these programs permanent. The Act would also research new conditions, and continue New York City’s cost share.

 

9/11-Related Cancers

Since the 9/11 attacks, a significant number of first responders have developed some form of cancer. The numbers in 2014 were more than double the 1,140 cancer cases reported in 2013.  A retired New York Fire Department Captain who commandeered a city bus and got the Brooklyn Bridge closed in order to get to the towers brought Special Master Sheila Birnbaum to tears as the related his story. The captain has lung disease and inoperable pancreatic cancer due to his exposure at Ground Zero and begged Birnbaum to “rush more cases like mine, where we’re not expected to last long.” Epidemiologists say 9/11 workers developed certain cancers at a significantly higher rate than the normal population, particularly prostate and thyroid cancer, leukemia and multiple myeloma.

 

Turley Hansen & Partners would like you to join us in supporting the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Should you have any questions about the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act  or World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.

National Health Crisis--Claims Data Underscores Urgent Need for Congressional Action Regarding 9/11 Cancer Victims

 

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Nearly fourteen years after one of the darkest days in American history, lives are still being claimed by 9/11. Sadly, many of the first responders who rushed in to the World Trade Center to help rescue victims died on that day—and others who managed to survive are now very sick or dying.

Cancer Prevalent Among 9/11 Survivors

The World Trade Center Health Program reports the number of those survivors with cancer as of July 2014 at 1,655, up from 1,140 in 2013. The 1,655 number jumps to 2,518, when you add firefighters and EMTs who are tracked in a separate database. Health Watch estimates that at least 30,000 first responders developed some sort of injury or illness directly related to 9/11.

Citizens Ask Congress to Pass a Reauthorization of the Zadroga Act

Of course the largest number of VCF claimants reside in New York and New Jersey, however every state in the U.S. has one or more registered claimants, making this a national issue rather than solely a New York state issue. Currently, the last day survivors of 9/11 may submit a claim is October 3, 2016. Unfortunately, those who have more recently developed cancer or other illnesses directly related to 9/11 may find there is no money left for their injuries. The Citizens for the Extension of the original Zadroga Act areurging Congress to pass a reauthorization of the Act which will provide necessary funding for the survivors of 9/11 to obtain the medical help they so desperately need.

Victim Compensation Fund Will Soon Run Out of Money

It was not until 2010, nine years after 9/11, legislation was passed to help these victims and first responders. That legislation was re-booted under the Zadroga Act, however an unacceptable number of 9/11 cases are still pending, and the Victim Compensation fund is set to run out of money in 2016. In fact, the Citizens for the Extension of the Zadroga Act just recently released a statement regarding VCF statistics.

The statement noted that Special Master Sheila Birnbaum made an announcement regarding the fact the VCF is proceeding with claims processing, “moving forward to fulfill its mandate.” While the hard work done by Birnbaum and her staff is certainly appreciated, the Citizens for the Extension of the Zadroga Act feel Congress must take immediate action in order to ensure the VCF can fully compensate all eligible claims. This includes those the Program has determined are eligible for payment as well as those who are still waiting for a decision.

The Citizens group feels the VCF was not funded with sufficient resources to allow all those with injuries to be adequately compensated. In fact, in light of the amount of money left in the program, many injured and ill first responders and survivors with cancer, gastric illnesses, and chronic respiratory issues may face reductions in compensation. Those reductions could be as much as 50-60%, leaving these victims with disabling diseases and illnesses that can result in staggering medical bills and an inability to work.

How Many 9/11 Survivors Have Not Been Compensated?

The Birnbaum statement indicated the program has determined 11,770 claims from injured responders and survivors are eligible (out of 19,721 submissions), deeming 942 ineligible. Thus far, those with a diagnosis of cancer account for about 18 percent of the awards. The alarming fact is that although the VCF has resolved approximately 25 percent (5,636) of the claims in the amount of $1.3 billion dollars, that amount is half of the available funds. This means thousands of injured survivors of 9/11 could be left out of the VCF funding.   

Turley Hansen & Partners would like you to join us in supporting the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Should you have any questions about the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act  or World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.

 

 

Sick 9/11 First Responders Plead with Congress to Extend Zadroga Health and Compensation Act So that Future Cancers are Covered

Sick and injured 9/11 first responders appeared before Congress on June 4th in Washington and pleaded for the extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.  9/11 WTC related cancers continue to rise as predicted and without this extension people may not survive their 9/11 related illnesses.

In a recent CBS interview, retired NYPD officer David Hawley spoke about the fate of cancer-stricken 9/11 first responders if the bill isn’t extended. He has had his own battle with a rare throat cancer that was a direct result of being exposed to Ground Zero toxins and debris. Hawley told CBS, “People are going to die, the men and women that are sick that are being taken care of now. I’ve only been cancer-free a little over a year.” He adds, “To end this program, people are going to die.”  I think Officer Hawley says it simply but powerfully.  Congress MUST listen!

 

Over 2,500 first responders, area workers, and survivors have been diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer and may have Victim Copensation Fund claims in the future.  CBS also reports that out of these, 1,000 firefighters have been diagnosed with a 9/11 World Trade Center related cancer.

Doctors at the World Trade Center Health Program have dedicated years learning about the best treatments and care of 9/11 related cancers. If the law is not extended, sick 9/11 responders and survivors will have no choice but to resort to doctors that have little experience with World Trade Center cancers and other related illnesses. Private insurance or Medicare may not cover them to continue with their current WTCHP doctor.  

Physicians who are not occupational disease specialists and have little understanding of the treatment and diagnosis of 9/11 related illnesses would not only put lives at risk, but would also potentially hurt the responder’s 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims.  Doctors who do not have experience with 9/11 illnesses may not know how to document whether or not a diagnosed cancer was a directly related to being exposed to World Trade Center toxic dust. World Trade Center Health Program doctors know “latency periods” and other factors that enable them to certify cancers and other illnesses as 9/11 related.

The World Trade Center Health Program treats over 3,000 people who have been diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer. It is expected that many more responders and survivors who were exposed will unfortunately become sick with cancer in the future.

This is even more of a reason to keep the WTCHP open so that anyone who was exposed to World Trade Center toxins can get their free yearly monitoring - early detection of cancer can save lives. There are latency periods in which certain cancers are not expected to surface until many years after exposure. This has prompted advocates for the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act to seek a 25-year extension on the bill.  Sick 9/11 responders now live in almost all 50 states. Is your Senator or Congressman listening? 

Sign up here to let them know you want the James Zadroga 9/11 Act extended so that those with cancer and other 9/11 related medical conditions can get the medical treatment and compensation they deserve.

 

Time is Running Out: Turley, Hansen & Partners Urges You to Support the 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act of 2015

 

Time is of the essence! The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) is expected to close in October of 2016.  First responders and victims will lose all their health care benefits at this time. Your support and help are urgently needed to get the law renewed so that 9/11 responders and survivors can continue to get healthcare coverage and compensation for a growing number of illnesses, including a long list of 9/11 related cancers.

Please join the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act today! It is a coalition of unions and victims’ rights advocates that support 9/11 responders and survivors who have become ill due to toxic exposure.  Please click here now to join the coalition and tell Congress to support the Extension of the Zadroga Act.   You can also Text "911" to 877877 to be connected to your representative or Call 888-701-7499Whichever way you choose, please act today!

We especially need support from members of Congress outside of New York and New Jersey.  If you are a first responder living outside the New York area, or if you have friends or loved ones who care about your health and live outside New York, please send them a link to this page and ask them to join also.

Many legislators and other government officials have been very vocal about the need for the extension of the 9/11 Zadroga Act and urge the public to support the renewal. New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney has been diligently advocating for the extension. On April 14, 2015, she proposed the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act to her colleagues in the House of Representatives. She made clear the urgency of getting the bill reauthorized so that 9/11 responders and survivors exposed to toxic WTC dust and debris can get the health care and compensation they so desperately need and deserve.

The list of 9/11 related illnesses includes over 60 different types of 9/11 related cancers and a host of respiratory issues that will, unfortunately, be a lifelong problem for each and every one of them. Subsequently, federal funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will cease in October, 2016.

Even those who may not have become sick from their exposure should still be able to receive yearly monitoring from the World Trade Center Health Program. Early detection of 9/11 related cancers and other illnesses could save lives. Over 2,500 responders and survivors have already been diagnosed with 9/11 related cancers and unfortunately the number of diagnoses is expected to grow over the years. 

Turley Hansen & Partners would like you to join us in supporting the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The James Zadroga  9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed by President Obama in 2011 and has been providing health care and monetary compensation for sick, injured and dying  9/11 responders and survivors.

World Trade Center Health Program doctors specialize in treating 9/11 related illnesses and can provide the best treatment options and care for individuals battling 9/11 cancers and other illnesses due to exposure. Without the renewal of this bill, first responders and survivors may not be able to afford treatment, and many will be forced to pay for treatments and care out of pocket.

Should you have any questions about the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act  or World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.

WTC Health Program Successful in Treating Kidney Cancer Case

 

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Nearly 14 years later and the effects from the collapse of the World Trade Center are still strongly being felt, especially by the first responders who offered their services at Ground Zero. A recent article on NY1's website reported on the success of treatments that responders with 9/11 related cancers are getting at the WTC Health Program.

According to the article,  Thomas Rachko, a former New York City police officer, is one of the thousands who have been greatly impacted by the devastation. His selflessness and his desire to help at a time of extreme need is what called him to sift through the rubble and debris at Ground Zero. Unfortunately, this caused his 20 year career with the NYPD to end.

What started out as a runny nose quickly turned into breathing problems and stomach issues. He was also experiencing pain in the left reno quadrant. After having several cat-scans and visiting a number of doctors, he was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer.  It was the doctors at the WTC Health Program that assured him that he would receive the care that he needed. Through minimally invasive robotic surgery, Rachko’s tumor was removed, as well as part of his left kidney. Thanks to the WTC Health Program and his surgeon, Ketan Badani, a new technique was used during his operation and prevented damage to the healthy parts of his kidney.

The WTC Health Program evaluated his condition via an imaging test, which confirmed a spot on his kidney. Fortunately, the cancer was found in its early stages, so his treatment was successful, and he has been cured of the illness. The cause of Rachko’s kidney cancer has been confirmed as directly related to the exposure of carcinogens that were at exceptionally high levels in the area of Ground Zero.

Thanks to the WTC Health Program, thousands of first responders, area workers and survivors have received the medical care they deserve.  WTC Health Program patients with 9/11 related cancers as well as others who struggle with pulmonary issues from exposure are recieving  care by doctors who are experts on World Trade Center diseases.  At present, there are more than 7,000 World Trade Center first responders and survivors who are eligible for free health care through the program.

Should you have any questions about the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.

 

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Makes Substantial Progress in Processing Claims

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Latest statistics posted by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum on the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund’s website shows major progress in the processing of claims. After reviewing the latest statistics it is apparent that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has been moving quicker in determining eligibility.

Release of payouts are steadily climbing as the fund continues to diligently review claims that have been submitted and complete. This progress can be attributed to procedure improvements over the past year. Some of the most notable statistics that Special Master Sheila Birnbaum has reported on are the following:

 

  • Out of the 9, 677 Claimants who were determined eligible, 6,193 have submitted the compensation portion of the claim and 3,128 compensation decisions have been established.
  • The VCF has made compensation determinations in the amount of $804,116,233.
  • Out of all the Claimants that have had compensation determinations, 2,691 are first responders, 397 non responders and 35 are injured residents.

For the full statistics report, click here.

Should you have any questions about 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund or need help filing your VCF claim, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.

 

 

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