The answer in “No”. Although first responders, including firefighters, police officers and others, make up the majority of eligible claimants before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, there are other groups of individuals with 9/11 cancers who are considered “survivors” and are also eligible to make a compensation claim at the VCF. Essentially, any person who was … Continue Reading
The 2017 9/11 Status Report indicates that the highest 9/11 Award amount for "Group B" claims through 12/31/2016 was $2,980,984.94. Of the 2,424 “Group B” compensation determinations made, Turley Hansen can confirm that this award was made to one of our very ill and deserving 9/11 clients. (see page 13 of the 2017 VCF Status Report).… Continue Reading
If you were a 9/11 first responder, a new study shows you need to be on the watch for thyroid and prostate cancers. This matches the experience of the 9/11 attorneys at Turley Hansen where the numbers of our clients with 9/11 prostate and thyroid cancers are outpacing other 9/11 cancers.… Continue Reading
Turley Hansen & Partners, LLP was honored to be one of the financial supporters of this vital organization at its annual fundraiser this past Tuesday with a $10,000 gift. That's how important 9/11 Health Watch is to victims and her families. … Continue Reading
You have a right to file an appeal if you disagree with a decision of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). For example, you may disagree with how the VCF calculated your award and ask for an increase in monetary compensation. … Continue Reading
According to the NY Post: "Rafal Bogun, 33, was a temp hired by Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik in February 2013 at the firm’s Empire State Building office, sources said. He used IDs to open credit cards, book hotels, and shop online, the Queens District Attorney’s Office charged."… Continue Reading
Peripheral Neuropathy Affecting 9/11 Survivors A new study published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concludes the exposure to World Trade Center (WTC) dust after 9/11 is associated with “neuropathic symptoms”. The new research, conducted by Marc Wilkenfeld, MD and associates from Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, New … 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
The full ramifications of including cancers under the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund are yet to be seen. It will certainly impact the procedural filing of claims with the Victim Compensation Fund. Unfortunately, it is likely to slow the process for all potential claimants since the Fund has a limited staff and resources. We will continue to report developments with the Fund as they become known.… Continue Reading
So let's get the score straight so far. Worby Groner Edelman Napoli and Bern are abandoning 9/11 clients; Parker Waichman Kushlefsky and Barasch are not abandoning. Who's on deck?
Who cares? All this jockeying amongst various attorneys regarding representation of now dumped 9/11 clients is rather disgusting. Seriously ill 9/11 rescue, recovery and cleanup workers are hurt by these shenanigans. Essentially, all the dumped clients will now have to fork over another 10% fee to new lawyers because "that firm" decided that earning $200 million on the original case would not compensate them fairly to finish up the Zadrga paperwork for their clients too. It truly is shameful.… 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
Ms. Birnbaum directly addressed the difficult issue of whether there was enough total money ($2.8 billion) in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to fully compensate all claimants. Ms. Birnbaum deftly handled all the audience questions. She looked claimants in the eye and did not over-promise. She explained difficult concepts of damages in plain language, while always assuring the claimants that the process would be fair and transparent. She was part therapist, part skilled litigator, part hometown hero and most of all - a friend and advocate for victims.… 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
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
ZadrogaClaimsInfo.com is pleased to announce a new series of Internet videos produced by our attorneys explaining the Zadroga Act and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. These videos are intended to give victims and survivors of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy more helpful information, insight and commentary about their rights under the Zadroga Act and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Zadroga Act videos cover such topics as :
Overview of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
What are the Most Common Medical Conditions in 9/11 WTC Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims?
Are you eligible to file a 9/11 WTC Victim Compensation Fund claim?
Can you file a claim with the Victim Compensation Fund if you participated in a prior 9/11 lawsuit?
How do I File a 9/11 WTC Victim Compensation Fund Claim?
How do I Choose the Right Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund Lawyer?… 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
The new Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund law will benefit:
1. Sanitation workers. 2. Window washers near Ground Zero. 3. Commercial cleaners in the building or areas surrounding Ground Zero. 4. Porters, janitors, and others who cleaned the toxic dust and debris and fallout from Ground Zero. 5. City workers and private carting and sanitation workers who removed the debris and refuge from the 9/11 sites, including along route to any dump or landfill. 6. Barge and other maritime workers (dockworkers, captains, and others) who helped move the debris from Ground Zero and the surrounding areas. 7. Truck drivers and their helpers who transported or handled the debris and materials from the World Trade Center or the nearby areas. 8. Transfer station workers who handled or helped move debris and materials from the 9/11 sites.… Continue Reading
What attorney's fee amount can be properly charged by a lawyer representing a 9/11 first responder, construction worker or clean-up worker who also now wants to file a claim under the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund? In other words, under the Zadroga Act, individuals who settled their lawsuit who also file a WTC Victims Compensation Fund claim will never pay more than a 10 percent attorney's fee on all amounts received (the total received from the settled lawsuit plus the amount awarded by the Fund). The final question is whether it is difficult to switch to a new attorney to file a claim under the Victims Compensation Fund? The answer is "NO".… Continue Reading
Essentially, lawyers’ fees in Zadroga Act claims are capped at 10% of the compensation recovered on behalf of the client. This is fair, and also different than the 25% fees (previously 33 1/3% fees before lowered by Judge Hellerstein) which are being charged in the present 9/11 litigation against New York City and the Port … Continue Reading