9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Sheila Birnbaum issued a Special Report yesterday announcing that over $1 billion dollars has been paid claimants and families since the Fund re-opened in 2011. See her Special Report here.
Turley Hansen & Partners, LLP has obtained over $60 million dollars from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for their clients over the last 5 years, and continues to file new claims with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for WTC first responders, volunteers, residents and workers below Canal Street who were in the “crash site area” between 9/11/01 and 5/30/02. Many of the newest claims involve 9/11 related cancers.
Some of the key take-away’s from the the Special Master’s report include:
- Group A Claims (claimants with loss determination award letters dated 12/17/15 or earlier) – as of May 22, the VCF has authorized payments on 8,717 claims. Almost all Group A claim payments will be authorized in full by the end of June.
- Group B Claims (claimants with loss determination awards dated after 12/17/15) – the VCF expects to begin issuing the first Group B loss determinations also at the end of June and expects that first payments will be authorized by mid-August. The VCF has made over 2,050 “Eligibility Decisions” since January of this year.
- Filing New Claims – while the VCF updated new federal regulations and claim forms required by the Reauthorization of the Zadroga 9/11 Compensation Act passed last December, claimants have been unable to submit completed applications. During this period, Turley, Hansen & Partners has been preparing our clients’ claims for full submission once the VCF begins taking new applications. The VCF plans on releasing the new application forms by the last week in July. If all goes well, we should be able to start submitting applications with the new forms in August and September.
- 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund website – on June 15, the VCF will post new information and FAQ’s on its website. The VCF will then post additional information in late July once the new application forms are released.
We will keep you posted on this blog with additional info you need to know. So far, this is all good news for victims of 9/11. Please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) to speak to an attorney if you have any questions.