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.