9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Questions

What is the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?

It is a fund set up by the U.S. Government to offer reimbursement for medical and related expenses to those with cancer and other illnesses that were caused by the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Get the facts about the Victim Compensation Fund here.

What types of illnesses does the Fund cover?

The most serious health problems are the variety of cancers found to be 9/11-related. Learn about eligible types of 9/11 cancer here. Other types of health issues include respiratory illness and digestive disorders.

What is the deadline for making a claim?

The deadline has been extended to December 18, 2020. However there are several prerequisite steps before a claim can be made. Learn more about VCF deadlines here.

What if my cancer occurred years after the 9/11 attack?

Normally, cancer has a latency period between initial exposure to carcinogens and the presenting of symptoms or evidence of tumors. Understand more about latency periods here

What is the World Trade Center Health Program?

It is an initiative to provide direct health care services to 9/11 victims, and it was created at the same time as the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund. Also, when someone files a claim with the VCF, it is the WTC Health Program that determines whether their health problem is 9/11-related.

What is the Zadroga Act?

The Zadroga Act is the law originally passed in Congress in 2010, and re-authorized in 2015, which created the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program.

How do I know if I am eligible for compensation?

If you have a type of cancer covered by the VCF, and if you were in the NYC exposure zone between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, you may be eligible for a financial award. However, the VCF will make that final determination after they review your claim.

Do I need an attorney to file a claim?

No, it is not a requirement. Any citizen who feels they are eligible may complete the claims process themselves, at vcf.gov. However, since process is lengthy and complex, most successful claims are made with the help of a law firm that specializes in 9/11 health issues.

What does it cost for an attorney to assist with my claim?

It costs you nothing to seek and accept the help of a law firm. However if your claim is successful, that law firm is entitled to a fee of no more than 10% of the amount you are awarded.

What if I have additional 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund questions?

Kreindler has been representing 9/11 victims since the event first occurred.
We are happy to discuss any of your Victim Compensation Fund questions with you.
Call us at 877-505-0090.