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9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Releases New 2017 Statistics

The Good News! - The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has made substantial progress making decisions on the oldest claims. As of the end of 2016, almost 2,500 VCF compensation claims were awaiting a decision where the request for compensation had been made in 2015 or earlier. Since then, approximately 35% (or 875) have been decided. That is an amazing increase in the Fund's productivity while not sacrificing quality.… Continue Reading

9/11 Lawyer Troy Rosasco to Lecture on WTC Victim Compensation Fund Claims

Turley Hansen founding partner and 9/11 lawyer Troy Rosasco will be giving an updated 9/11 VCF lecture for Lawline  in NYC on April 10, 2017. Mr. Rosasco previously lectured  for Lawline on the original James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010.  The new lecture will focus on the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act of 2015 … Continue Reading

Turley Hansen Obtains $2.98 Million 9/11 Fund “Group B Claim” Award – Largest “Group B” Award to Date

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

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund: How to File a Claim Now?

most important thing to do if you were diagnosed with a 9/11 covered condition today would be to "register" your claim with the Victim Compensation Fund. "Registration" is different from "filing" a 9/11 VCF claim. You can register your 9/11 claim without actually filing your claim. This will protect you from missing important filing deadlines.… Continue Reading

New 9/11 Zadroga Reauthorization Act WTC Compensation Fund Regulations Available from Turley Hansen

The new WTC Compensation Fund Regulations put the "meat on the bones" of the new 9/11 Zadroga Reauthorization law and tell claimants and their lawyers how to file claims and what to expect in terms of financial awards in the future.… 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

9/11 Zadroga Act Reauthorization – You Won the Long, Good Fight for the Medical Benefits You Deserve!

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

Details of New 9/11 Zadroga Act Extension Law: What You Need to Know

For a full copy of the Zadroga 9/11 Zadroga Act Reauthorization bill released by the House last night, click this link: Zadroga Reauthorization Act 2015 Final Highlighted. Remember , the Act must still be voted on and approved by Congress and sent to the President for his signature. We will keep you informed of further details.… Continue Reading

New House Speaker Paul Ryan Needs to Lead on Zadroga 9/11 Extension Bill

Our new House Speaker Paul Ryan has the power persuade his House leadership to do the right thing on the 9/11 Zadroga Act extension. The rank and file are already on board. He must reject newly introduced anti-majoritarian bills on this moral issue.… 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

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Makes Substantial Progress in Processing Claims

Release of payouts are steadily climbing as the fund continues to diligently review claims that have been submitted and complete. This progress can be attributed to procedure improvements over the past year. Some of the most notable statistics that Special Master Sheila Birnbaum has reported on are the following:… 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

Advocates to Hold Press Conference to Extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Even after 13 years, many are just now being diagnosed 9/11 related illnesses. The most concerning is the amount of cancer cases that have been surfacing among responders and survivors recently. Many will still need care for their 9/11 related illnesses way after the program expires. For example, many 9/11 cancers may not be diagnosed until after 2016. This is just one of the reasons why it needs to continue. First Responders and survivors should be able to have monitoring and care of their 9/11 related cancer and other illnesses throughout their lifetime.… Continue Reading

9/11 Attorney Troy Rosasco Discusses Zadroga Claims with LXBN TV

Today, many 9/11 first responders, survivors and area workers have been suffering with breathing complications such as chronic sinusitis, COPD and other pulmonary diseases. The most alarming are the increasing cancer cases coming out in staggering numbers among those exposed. When the ruling was passed in October, 2012 to include cancer as a 9/11 covered condition under the Zadrogra Act. There are now 62 different types of cancers that are recognized as a 9/11 related condition.… Continue Reading

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Announces Program Statistics: Progress Continues, But What May Be Holding Up Your Claim?

In order to be compensated for 9/11 related illnesses or injuries, an individual will need to be determined "eligible" by the VCF by meeting certain criteria. There are 6,901 eligibility Claims that are on hold right now due to missing paperwork and information. The VCF will send correspondence to your law firm to alert them should these items be missing.… 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

Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Makes First Payouts For Cancer

There are over 1,000 Claimants waiting for their cancer claims to be reviewed and deemed eligible for an award by the VCF. Once an award decision has been made by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Claimants will initially receive 10% of their award and the rest is expected to be paid out in 2016. Overall, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has been allotted $2.775 billion for Claimants' compensation of their cancer and other 9/11 related illnesses. According to VCF program statistics that were published on September 16th, there have been 78 claims that have been rendered compensation decisions for 9/11 related illnesses and over 2,000 under review.… Continue Reading

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Registration: Important Information You Need To Know If You Missed The October 3rd Registration Deadline

If you have a 9/11 related cancer and you were diagnosed before October 12, 2012 you have until October 12, 2014 to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Should the 9/11 Victim Compensation add any other illnesses as a covered condition, you will have 2 years from the date the illness was added, but no later than October 3, 2016, which is when the VCF officially closes. For example, prostate cancer will officially be added as a covered illness under the Zadroga Act as of October 21, 2013. Anyone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer must register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund no later than October 21, 2015.… Continue Reading

Prostate Cancer Now a Covered Illness Under The 9/11 Zadroga Act

Even though the addition of prostate cancer will not go into effect until October 21st, it is still very important to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The deadline for registration is October 3, 2013, which is only a few days away. By registering with the VCF, you are preserving your right to file a future claim for any 9/11 related illness. According to the latest statistics posted by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, over 30,309 people have registered as of September 15, 2013.… Continue Reading

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Registrations Pass 30,000 As October 3, 2013 Deadline Approaches

WTC-exposed individuals who plan on filing a claim with the VCF and who knew (or should have reasonably known) that they had a WTC related physical health condition as of October 3, 2011, must register online by October 3, 2013. Registering simply preserves your right to file a future claim should you become ill with a 9/11 related condition. If you are currently diagnosed with a 9/11 related illness, then you are ready to start the process of filing your claim after registration.… Continue Reading

Has Your Cancer Been Certified By NIOSH And How Does This Affect Your 9/11 Zadroga Claim?

If you have been diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer, most likely you are being treated by either a private physician or through the World Trade Center Health Program. Typically, if you are getting treated by the WTCHP for cancer, then your cancer has already been certified by NIOSH. Check with your WTCHP nurse case manager to confirm this.… Continue Reading