If you or a loved one has already received compensation through the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) due to the health effects from the 9/11 attacks, it's important to understand your rights. One key element often overlooked is the right to amend a claim. Understanding this process and when it might be applicable is essential, and at Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, we're here to help you navigate this.
What Does it Mean to Amend a Claim?
Amending a claim essentially means adjusting or adding to an existing compensation claim. This may involve additional health conditions that have since been recognized or worsening health conditions that increase the level of compensation available..
When Can You Amend a Claim?
You can amend your claim in several instances:
- If you've developed a new illness that wasn't originally included in your claim.
- If your existing health condition has worsened to the point where you can't work anymore.
- If you now have incurred economic loss such as lost earnings from work as a result of your illness
- If you've received a new disability determination from the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) or certain agencies such as the Social Security Administration (SSA) or Workers Compensation.
- If a loved one, who was a 9/11 victim, has passed away.
You Can Amend Through 2090
One important point is that you retain the right to amend your claim through the year 2090, regardless of whether you've already received payment. This extended period underscores the long-term health impacts of the 9/11 attacks, and the commitment to ensuring victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve.
Reach Out to a Lawyer Immediately
Given the complexity of the amendment process, it's advisable to contact an experienced 9/11 VCF lawyer as soon as you believe you may need to amend your claim. At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, we have a team of lawyers who are well-versed in the nuances of the VCF and can provide the guidance you need.
We'll advise you on whether an amendment is necessary, and if so, proceed on your behalf through the process of filing one. We're committed to ensuring you're fully compensated for any 9/11-related health or economic issues you're dealing with.
You're Not Alone: Cannata is Here to Help
At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, our mission is to support 9/11 survivors and their families, helping them navigate the complexities of the VCF. We understand the challenges that comes with dealing with these health issues and the stress that can result from financial uncertainty.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a new illness, a worsening health condition, or if you've recently lost a loved one who was a 9/11 victim, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to guide you through the amendment process, ensuring you receive the full compensation you're entitled to.