Financial Relief for 9/11 Survivors: Unpacking Compensation Options

Robert A. Grochow
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Remember, you did not have to be present on 9/11 and you did not have to be a First Responder to be eligible. The benefits of the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) are also available to office workers, construction and other trades, residents, teachers, students and others.

Anyone affected by the toxic air created by the events of 9/11, and not classified as a First Responder, even if your exposure was months later, is classified as a Survivor. 

At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, we are deeply committed to supporting the survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their families. We understand the financial challenges that many survivors face due to 9/11-related illnesses. In this blog post, we will explore the various compensation options available to survivors and how our experienced attorneys can assist you in securing the financial relief you deserve.

Compensation Through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was established to provide financial compensation to individuals who have suffered physical harm or illness or death as a result of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. Survivors who meet specific criteria may be eligible for compensation through the VCF. These criteria include:

Presence in the Exposure Zone: Survivors must have been present in the defined exposure zone, which includes lower Manhattan, between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002. However, there are exceptions to both the time periods and the location of exposure. 

Certified 9/11-Related Condition: Survivors must have a certifiable 9/11-related condition listed by the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). 

Timely Filing: It is essential to file a claim with the VCF within the specified deadlines. An experienced 9/11 attorney is familiar with this guidelines. What is important is not to wait for such period to lapse and potentially forfeit your rights.

Types of Compensation

Survivors (you did not have to be present on 9/11 to be eligible) who qualify for compensation through the VCF may be eligible for various forms of financial relief, including:

Economic Loss: This compensation addresses lost income, including past and future earnings, due to the survivor's illness.

Non-Economic Loss: Compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic losses resulting from the illness.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Coverage for medical expenses, including treatments, medications, and therapies related to the 9/11-related condition.

Navigating the Claims Process

The process of filing a VCF claim can be complex, requiring thorough documentation and adherence to specific guidelines. Our experienced VCF attorneys at Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, are well-versed in navigating this process. We can provide invaluable assistance, helping survivors gather the necessary evidence and ensuring that all requirements are met.

Exploring Other Options

In addition to the VCF, survivors may have other sources of financial relief available to them, such as private insurance, workers' compensation, or Social Security Disability benefits. Our legal team can help survivors explore these options and determine the most advantageous path to financial security.

Your Trusted Legal Partner

Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, has a long history of advocating for the rights of 9/11 survivors. We are dedicated to assisting survivors and their families in securing the compensation and financial relief they need to cope with the challenges posed by 9/11-related illnesses.

If you are a survivor of the September 11, 2001, attacks and have been diagnosed with a 9/11-related condition, please contact us for a confidential consultation. We are here to provide you with the legal guidance and support necessary to navigate the complex process of seeking compensation and financial relief. Your well-being is our top priority, and we are committed to helping you achieve the financial stability you deserve.

Deadline Alert: Don't wait, register your VCF claim today
Over 300,000 people may still qualify for a payout from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and free health benefits from the World Trade Center Health Program. Speak with our 9/11 attorneys today to see if you qualify.
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