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Controversial 9/11 Lawyer Paul Napoli Recruits Clients for JASTA Lawsuits

Controversial 9/11 lawyer Paul J. Napoli, now Of Counsel to the law firm of Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, sent out a letter this week to 9/11 victims requesting them to sign a "JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) Consent Form". Many of my current clients received this audacious, self-congratulatory and confusing letter and called me to explain what it was all about.… Continue Reading

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Heroes Scammed by RD Legal Funding?

According to a recent attention grabbing article in the New York Daily News, the NY State Attorney General has now accused RD Legal Funding, a New Jersey lending company, of scamming 9/11 victims suffering from cancer. Victims who are waiting for their 911 Victim Compensation Fund award should be treated better!… Continue Reading

9/11 First Responder NYPD Detective Joe Sweeney Speaks at Democratic National Convention

Detective Joe Sweeney was an NYPD officer and detective for over 21 years serving his city and his country. Both his proudest and saddest day on the job was 9/11/2001 when he was called to work in the smoke and the ash and search first for survivors - then for remains.Joe spoke as an American first. He stood there as a shining example of the many humble and selfless law enforcement officers who protect us across this country every day. Way to go Joe!… Continue Reading

How Should You Choose a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Attorney?

I spent over an hour on the phone this morning with a widow whose husband recently died of 9/11 related colon cancer. He was a volunteer fireman who traveled from five states over on September 12, 2001 to help with rescue and recovery efforts at to Ground Zero. A real hero.… Continue Reading

A Small Percentage of Future Group B 9/11 Victim Compensation Awards May Be Reduced

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Group B non-economic claim awards ( VCF claimants with loss determination awards dated after 12/17/15) could be up to 50% smaller than the original Group A awards! Some victims might receive a zero dollar award. … Continue Reading

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Pays Families Over $1 Billion in Last 5 Years

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… Continue Reading

Should 9/11 WTC Victims Take “Cash Advances” on Their Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund Claims?

In order to protect all other 9/11 heroes, John Feal should disavow on the Fealgood Foundation Facebook site his prior public support of RD Legal Funding Partners, LP.In addition, perhaps Mr. Feal can ask his friends at RD Legal Funding to withdraw this unfortunate lawsuit against a fellow 9/11 hero. It's the right thing to do.… Continue Reading

9/11 Law Firm Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik Client ID Theft by Temp Worker

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

Pope Francis Prays for Victims and Responders at 9/11 Memorial in NYC

"So here he [the Pope] comes now to Ground Zero and I'm sure he will once again strongly, strongly condemn those who somehow feel it is their mission, it is somehow part of their perverse ideology to destroy us."… Continue Reading

The End of Napoli Bern: 9/11 Client Rights and Ethics

There will be many thorny ethical issues to be worked out regarding the "winding down" of Napoli Bern. Napoli Bern, or the remaining lawyers and/or referee, will now have to decide how to communicate to existing 9/11 VCF clients if the firm is dissolving in the "winding down process.… Continue Reading

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Streamlines Claim Process to Further Reduce Delays

The 9/11 VCF attorneys at Turley Hansen & Partners ask that all those affected by 9/11 across the country to support the effort to Extend the 9/11 James Zadroga Act so that all future 9/11 related cancer victims can obtain medical care and be fully compensated for their economic loss. Please click here to help protect these heroes. Thank you.… Continue Reading

What Will Happen to Napoli Bern 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Clients During Current Law Firm Crisis?

"Right now this firm [Napoli Bern] is in a state of total crisis. "It is on the verge of going into free fall to complete disaster" and "the depth of hatred in this instance is extraordinary."… Continue Reading

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill To Re-open Registration For 9/11 Disability Pension And Workers’ Compensation Claims

Those who participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002, are now eligible to preserve their right to file future workers' compensation claims and ¾ disability pensions should they become sick with a qualifying 9/11 related condition. Claimants must submit a WTC-12 Registration of Participation form no later than the deadline date of September 11, 2014.… Continue Reading

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Releases 2nd Annual Status Report

VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum recently published an annual report on the overall performance of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund over the past year. The report included a summary of key second year activities as well as the status of filed claims statistics and administrative costs.Over the past year, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund had made much progress by partnering with advocates and and elected officials in reaching out to the 9/11 community about the October 3, 2013 registration deadline.… Continue Reading

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Update: Employees Of New York City Agencies May Find It Easier To Prove Their Presence At Ground Zero

This new partnership with NYCERS is good news as Claimants working for these New York City agencies may have been finding it difficult to obtain proof documentation. The general rule is that the VCF requires Claimants to provide two forms of proof. Such proof may include employment records, contemporaneous medical records and witness affidavits. However, if you were an employee of a New York City agency, a member of NYCERS AND filed a WTC-12 Notice of Participation form, you will NOT need to provide the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund with any further documents unless it is requested after the review of your claim.… Continue Reading

Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Makes First Payments!

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal today, the Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has begun making its first financial awards.  The first fifteen first responders, with primarily respiratory conditions, were granted total amounts ranging from $10,000 to $1.5 million.  However, at this time recipients will only be given 10% of their award … Continue Reading

Change in Brooklyn Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Seminar Dates

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

Free 9/11 Zadroga Act Victim Compensation Fund Information Seminars in Brooklyn

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

Zadroga 9/11 Act Cancer Certification Process Begins with WTC Health Program

The message from the WTC Health Program is clear: If you were a 9/11 first responder, worker or resident in the "crash site" area" and have any of the cancers now covered under the Zadroga Act, you should contact either your local Clinical Center of Excellence or the National Program now to begin the process of certifying your particular cancer for free treatment under the Zadroga 9/11 Act.… Continue Reading

Zadroga 9/11 Act Lawyer Troy Rosasco Quoted in Long Island Newsday on New Cancer Rule

His attorney, Troy Rosasco of Ronkonkoma, who represents about 500 first responders, called having cancer covered "a godsend." But he, like others, said he is worried there won't be enough money.… Continue Reading

9/11 Zadroga Cancer Coverage Finally Official

Turley Hansen 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund client Joseph Vuoso was profiled in Newsday today in relation to the welcome news of the final cancer coverage ruling. In addition, our Zadroga Act client James Bruisma, a former NYPD Detective with lymphoma, was interviewed on FIOS 1 today.… Continue Reading

Lawyers Abandoning 9/11 Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund Clients

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