9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Deadlines

There is still time to make a claim under the new Zadroga Act, but those who miss essential VCF deadlines can miss out on the benefits they’re entitled to.

Questions about procedures and deadlines? We're happy to help - call us at (877) 505-0090.

The Four Main Steps You Need to Know About:

Note that all steps must be completed before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund deadlines specified in Step 4, below.



Receiving a positive diagnosis of a type of cancer or other condition that is on the VCF’s list of qualified illnesses. A medical diagnosis is a prerequisite for getting that diagnosis certified. DEADLINE: None



Getting that diagnosis certified in writing by the WTC Health Program (or other qualified government entity) as being directly related to 9/11 events. This certification is a pre-requisite for registering your claim. DEADLINE: None



Registering and creating an account with the VCF is a pre-requisite that allows you to officially file a claim for compensation later (but by the deadline below). DEADLINE: two years after your diagnosis is certified (not the date of the original diagnosis).



Making an official claim for financial recovery by completing all parts of the claim form and submitting all required documentation. The claim may request compensation for treatment received either before or after the date that the claim is submitted. DEADLINE: December 18, 2090*.

*On July 23, 2019, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to continue victim compensation payouts through to 2090. The U.S. House of Representatives had already backed the bill and President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.


If the victim died or dies before December 18, 2018 the claim deadline is two years after the date of death.

If the victim dies after December 18, 2018, the claim deadline is December 18, 2090.

Do you suspect that you have an illness that is 9/11 related, but have not received a health screening or diagnosis?

Have you received a positive diagnosis for cancer or other illness that that you think might be 9/11 related, but have not had that diagnosis certified?

Either way, our 9/11 VCF team can guide and represent you throughout the next steps, and explain what to expect going forward.

Find out what you need to know about VCF deadlines and more, with no cost or obligation. First answer a few questions, and we'll contact you about your case, and talk to you about your chances of receiving a lump-sum, tax-free financial award from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Compensation is available for qualified claims to cover to medical and related expenses, economic losses such as loss of wages, and ‘intangible’ losses affecting quality of life.