Zadroga Act September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Releases Final Compensation Claim Forms, 12/ 5/ 2011
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 21 page instruction form for personal injury 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. While the VCF is strongly encouraging online filing, you may also file your claim through the mail.
There is now light at the end of the tunnel for claimants who are sick because of their rescue, recovery and cleanup work in the Ground Zero "crash site" area. We expect that the Special Master will be making award determinations throughout 2012. It should be noted that claimants need not rush, and have until October 13, 2013 to file a claim. However, it is expected that those who are currently in dire financial circumstances (like many of our clients) will be filing their September 11th Victim Compensation Claims as soon as possible.
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). In addition, do not forget about the free VCF legal clinic coming up in Manhattan on December 13, 2011.