Victims Compensation Fund
Proving you were at the WTC
Please visit our dedicated victims compensation website for extensive information on getting compensated for a 9-11 related illness.
The first 9-11 Victims Compensation Fund was shut down in October 2003 after disbursing billions of dollars to the families of those lost or injured in the attacks. That original 9-11 fund had a narrow focus. It only provided compensation for those injured while present at the site of the disasters or in the immediate aftermath. The immediate aftermath was determined to include the first 96 hours after the attack, while being present at the site meant actually in one of the buildings or adjoining structures.
Documenting your presence at Ground Zero after 9-11
The Zadroga Act reopened the September 11th fund, this time with a much broader definition of who may file a claim. It creates a number of new health programs designed to provide medical evaluation, monitoring, and treatment benefits to emergency workers and cleanup crews impacted by September 11th. WTC lawyers joined firefighter, police, and construction unions in fighting for this bill. It became clear that many of their clients had expensive, debilitating medical conditions not covered by the original 9-11 compensation fund, often because they had arrived at the WTC site after the first 96 hours.
Preparing your Zadroga claim
The Zadroga Act became law in January 2011. Currently, the WTC Compensation Fund expects to consider new claims by October 2011. However the sooner you begin planning, documenting, and strengthening your claims, the sooner you can receive compensation. Under the first 9-11 Victims Compensation Fund, the law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC successfully helped many victims, and is prepared to help many more under the new program.
If you were among the injured people—firefighters and first-response medical personnel, cleanup and construction crews, and people who lived and worked near the WTC site in the months following the attacks— you should prepare to file a claim for medical care and financial compensation by:
- Documenting as best you can the dates and times that you were at or near ground zero as well as what you were doing: obtaining an affidavit from your employer is an example
- Making a list of all medical treatments: doctor visits, hospitalizations, and medications you received to treat 9-11-related medical conditions
- Itemizing as best you can the financial impact of your 911 illness or injury including lost wages and medical costs not covered by insurance
Victims Compensation Fund lawyers
Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC, Attorneys at Law, have represented more than 1,000 Victims Compensation Fund award recipients—in fact, the new 9-11 Victims Compensation Fund is named after our client James Zadroga, a former NYPD detective who died of respiratory disease as a result of his work at the WTC site.
If you or a loved one suffers from an illness or injury you believe to be related to the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, please contact us today to discuss your situation and determine if you are eligible to file a claim. Call us at 212.385.8000 (toll-free), contact us online, or visit our conveniently located Manhattan offices to speak with an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who has successfully represented many other people with 9-11 claims.