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.… Continue Reading
In a strongly worded opinion slamming the New York City Fire Department Pension Board, New York Supreme Court Justice Richard Velasquez found that the Pension Board acted in "bad faith" and will be "sanctioned" for denying death benefits to the widow of a hero 9/11 firefighter. Bottom Line - the New York Fire Department Pension Board was appropriately "taken to the woodshed". Let it be a lesson to all New York Pension Board's in the future treat 9/11 heroes fairly.… Continue Reading
So many people were involved in this amazing grass-roots effort to help hero 9/11 first responders that it is impossible to single out only a few. And even if one could single out the most important players in getting the Zadroga Act through Congress, they are the types that would prefer to remain anonymous, humble carriers of this great cause.… Continue Reading
Elected Officials and advocates for victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks spoke out today at a press conference held at 7 World Trade. They are encouraging anyone who was exposed to toxins and debris from the World Trade Center airplane crashes to apply to the Zadroga Act Fund whether they are sick or not.… Continue Reading
The James Zadroga Act was signed on January 2, 2011 by President Obama in order to provide medical care and compensation to individuals who have suffered illnesses, injuries and death as a direct result of the events of 9/11 and the aftermath including clean-up, recovery and rescue efforts.… Continue Reading
All upcoming Brooklyn 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund seminars are being held on Tuesdays between 4:30 - 5:00pm. The new correct dates are December 11th and 18th 2012 and January 15th and 22nd 2013.… Continue Reading
The World Trade Center Health Program's Long Island Clinical Center of Excellence will be sponsoring a series of free legal clinics in December 2012 and January 2013 for individuals seeking help in filing claims under the Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Pre-Registration Required. Space is limited. To register, please call Migdalia Alonso at Turley. Hansen & Partners toll free at 1-877-693-2529 x112.… Continue Reading
Yesterday, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Sheila Birnbaum released the final forms necessary for any claimant to fully file a Zadroga Act Victim Compensation Fund Claim. The official form for claimants and/or their attorneys to file for "compensation" from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund can be downloaded here for your use.
Whether or not you are currently represented by counsel, any eligible claimant can officially file 9/11 VCF claims as of today. Please make sure to review the "9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Document Checklist" before filing, which can be downloaded here also.
If you have any questions about filing a claim through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund under the Zadroga Act, do to hesitate to call either Daniel Hansen, Esq. or Troy Rosasco, Esq. at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).… Continue Reading
On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Zadroga Act, which reopens the September 11th Victim Compensation Fundof 2001. The Zadroga Act expanded the scope of the original VCF to enable more individuals who suffered physical injury or death as a result of the September 11th attacks to obtain compensation from the program. The VCF will accept claims for five years and will complete the payment of claims during 2016-17. you must submit your claim within two years of the date you know of the physical injury or death resulting from the attacks (or, if you already know of the physical injury or death in question, within two years of the date that the regulations are finally updated).
Congress has appropriated a fixed sum of money for the VCF. This fixed sum is $2.775 billion. Congress has also determined that $875 million of that total amount may be paid out in the first five years of the VCF program. The remainder may be paid in the sixth year.… Continue Reading
Daniel J. Hansen, a partner at the Zadroga Act Claim law firm of Turley, Hansen & Partners was quoted last week in Metro NY on the new 9 11 Victim Compensation Fund draft rules released by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum. Like his partner Troy Rosasco, Hansen was disappointed that the new rules only permit compensation for "physical harm", not for psychological injuries. 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum, at a "Town Hall" meeting tomorrow night, 6/29 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the United Federation of Teachers office located at 50 Broadway in lower Manhattan.… Continue Reading
Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum has released updated draft regulations regarding Zadroga claims procedures. new rules limit compensation to those claims involving "physical harm". new rules significantly expand the geographic boundaries for claimants the decisions of Dr. John Howard , Director of the World Trade Center Health Program, on which illnesses will be covered, including certain cancers, will guide the Special Master.
new rules permit the "amendment" of prior Victim Compensation Fund claims made under the original Fund, which closed in December 2003 The Special Master will have to "pro-rate" or reduce the initial awards, which may upset some claimants.… Continue Reading
the choice for the all important Victim Compensation Fund "Special Master" has been named by Attorney General Eric Holder. Sheila L. Birnbaum, one of the nation's most experienced tort litigators and a Partner at the NYC mega Law Firm of Skadden Arps , will now fill the shoes that were once filled by prior Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. Ms. Birnbaum was recently successful in mediating $500 million of 9/11 litigation claims that were not part of the larger settlement with New York City at the request of federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein.… Continue Reading
With this chapter of the World Trade Center story behind us, Turley Hansen reaffirms our continued efforts to to aid all those who are currently ill as a result of their exposure to dust and toxins at Ground Zero.
To this end, Turley Hansen & Partners submitted written comments to NIOSH last Friday regarding the inclusion of certain cancers among the list of WTC illnessses covered by the Zadroga 9/11 Act.… Continue Reading
According to a recent NY Times article about the pending appointment of a Special Master for the re-opened Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, R. Blake Chisam has broad support among first responders, 9/11 family members, lawmakers and 9/11 activists to become the next Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Attorney General Eric Holder has also interviewed two other highly respected lawyers for the 9/11 Special Master position. They include Sheila L. Birnbaum, a lawyer well known for representing corporations in mass environmental negligence claims, and Jay Lefkowitz, a top litigator with White House experience in both Bush administrations.… Continue Reading
Turley, Hansen & Partners, Zadroga Claim Attorneys, is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Mets " 9/11 Hero of the Game" on WFAN radio.
If you know of a 9/11 Hero who you would like to nominate for on air recognition at Mets home games, please use the Turley Hansen & Partners "9/11 Hero of the Game" Nomination Form here.… Continue Reading
Join experienced New York 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) attorneys Troy G. Rosasco and Daniel J. Hansen for a fact filled webinar discussing the new Zadroga Act. Subjects covered will include: Who is Eligibile?, What Illnesses are Covered?, How Do You File a Claim?, What is Needed to Prove Your "Damages", including "pain and suffering"?, Who is the "Special Master"?, How Much Money Can You Expect to Receive?, Can You File if You Already Collected Money from the Old VCF or other Lawsuits?, and How Long Will the Claims Process Take?… Continue Reading
We are pleased to announce that Brian Mittman of Markhoff & Mittman, PC , Westchester's premier law firm for injured workers, has joined the Turley, Hansen & Partners Zadroga legal team. Brian's law firm has been representing injured workers since 1933 - that's right - 1933, and is known for making some of the foundational law upon which all injured workers rely every day in proving their claims. Brian will be able to do in-office consultations in his White Plains office for potential Zadroga Act claimant's living in the southern tier of New York, as well as northern New Jersey and Connecticut.… Continue Reading
What is the Zadroga 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund? On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. James Zadroga was a NYPD Detective who died from inhaling toxic dust while working at Ground Zero. He inspired Congressional passage of federal funds that would provide for healthcare and … Continue Reading
As reported in the New York Post today, our partner ( and fellow Zadroga lawyer) Chet Lukaszewski, has won a groundbreaking 9/11 World Trade Center pension case for the widow of a NYC firefighter. This widow was lucky to have our partner (and fellow Zadroga 9/11 attorney) Chet Lukaszewski as her disability pension lawyer. Now lets hope the Medical Board finally does the 'right thing'. Matter of Fernandez v. Board of Trustees of N.Y. Fire Dept. Pension Fund, Subchapter 2 (App. Case# 2009-06506; Index#26232/08).… Continue Reading
Should I call a new Zadroga Act Lawyer for a Second Opinion?
A claimant may want to get a second opinion from a different Zadroga Act lawyer since, as reported in the Daily News, some:
" lawyers do better with the lawsuits, where they earn 25%, instead of a maximum of 10% under the Zadroga law." A second opinion from an new Zadroga Act lawyer avoids the potential "mixed signals" given to the 9/11 victims from the 9/11 lawsuit lawyers. And you may pay lower legal fees!… Continue Reading
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conditions eligible for compensation under the WTC Victims Fund may be found in Part 1 of the Zadroga Act - which lists the ilnesses and conditions eligible for medical care and monitoring. These conditions include:
1. Interstitial lung diseases.
2. Chronic respiratory disorder--fumes/vapors.
4. Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS).
5. WTC-exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
6. Chronic cough syndrome.
7. Upper airway hyperreactivity.
8. Chronic rhinosinusitis.
9. Chronic nasopharyngitis.
10. Chronic laryngitis.
11. Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).… Continue Reading