Specifically, a relatively small percentage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Group B non-economic claim awards ( VCF claimants with loss determination awards dated after 12/17/15) could be reduced compared to the original Group A awards.
The Fund has advised 9/11 Cancer Victim Compensation law firms in writing as follows:
“Update on loss models and methodology: The reauthorization statute caps non-economic loss and includes a prioritization mandate. This means the non-economic awards will be lower for certain conditions than they were under Group A. “
We will not know how the new Reauthorization Act truly impacts Group B claims until the VCF starts issuing Group B decisions at the end of June (only a few weeks away) and we see new regulations being issued on June 15th. Stay tuned to this website and we will let you know what we find out.
Of course, Turley Hansen will fight to make sure their clients receive all the compensation they deserve from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, including appealing award determinations when appropriate.
We should also know more when the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund issues new regulations implementing the changes in the Zadroga Reauthorization Act in an “Interim Final Rule” on June 15, 2016. This new Rule is subject to a 30-day post-publication notice and comment period that will begin on June 15 and end on July 15, 2016, but the comment period should not itself hold up Group B determinations.
More New Info Coming June 15, 2016: the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund plans on posting a wealth of new and important information on the VCF.gov website on June 15th, including new “FAQ’s” and a sample new claim form. The new claim form includes helpful suggested changes from the law firms representing 9/11 victims. The actual, final online and hard copy claim forms should be released by the end of July.
***This effectively means that no new 9/11 VCF claims will be able to be filed by VCF law firms until late July or early August at best.
Once new information becomes available next week, we will analyze and post the important take-aways here. Stay tuned.