UPDATE: 9/11 first responders, survivors, and their families now have until 2090 to apply for relief through the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Extension. Fill out the form on this page to see if you qualify.
9/11 Compensation Fund Extension: Who’s Affected?
Were you diagnosed with cancer and lived, worked or were otherwise present near Ground Zero at any time between Sept. 11, 2001, and May 31, 2002?
You may be eligible for a substantial cash payout from the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund. You may also be awarded free lifetime medical care.
The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund was created to compensate any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who was physically harmed by exposure to thousands of cancer-causing toxins released into the air following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Individual compensation for a 9/11 cancer diagnosis or death can potentially range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.
Over 70 types of cancer qualify a patient to get the award as long as the diagnosis was made four years or more after exposure (or one year or more for blood and bone cancers).
Cancer victims eligible to receive money from the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund include, but are not limited to:
- 9/11 first responders
- Firefighters, police officers, and EMTs
- Sanitation workers
- Construction workers
- City workers
- Utility workers
- 9/11 volunteers
- Out-of-state responders
- Employees who worked at any business below Canal Street
- Residents living below Canal Street
- Students going to a school below Canal Street
- Many others
What is the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund?
Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that forever changed the United States.
In lower Manhattan alone, 2,753 people were killed as the result of two planes that crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) in a terrorist attack. Unfortunately, 20 years later, the number of fallen continues to grow as people present during the aftermath succumb to illnesses linked to the airborne toxins released at the site, known as “Ground Zero.” These toxins included aluminum, asbestos, glass, and burned jet fuel, among many others.
Scientists studying these hazardous particles have linked them to a higher risk of 9/11-related health problems, including cancer.
Over 1 million people were exposed to these toxins during the eight-month cleanup period following 9/11. Thousands of World Trade Center cancer victims have already claimed millions of dollars in compensation from the WTC cancer fund.
The federal government established the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund to help WTC cancer victims and others who suffered physical harm from being present at the World Trade Center Ground Zero site.
What does the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Provide?
The 9/11 fund provides tax-free financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost earnings, past medical expenses, and other benefits. Awards are also available for wrongful death due to 9/11 cancer or another related, covered disease. This includes a large cash death benefit, funeral expenses, lost earnings, and additional compensation for surviving spouses and children.
The original WTC victims compensation fund closed in 2004 but was reactivated Jan. 2, 2011, after it was discovered that thousands of people are still being diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses. President Barack Obama signed a bill in 2015 that kept the fund operating until 2020. The fund was beginning to run out, and victims were getting payouts that had been cut significantly. However, an additional extension was signed in 2019 to extend the Victims Compensation Fund to 2090.
What Types of Cancer are Eligible Under the Fund?
The September 11 Victims Compensation Fund is processing claims made by workers, residents, students, and other individuals present near Ground Zero who were diagnosed with any one of over 70 types of cancer.
Some of the eligible 9/11-related cancer types for Victims Compensation Fund cancer payouts are:
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Non-melanoma skin cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Head, neck, nasal, mouth 9/11 cancer
- Colon cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Esophagus cancer
- Bone cancer
- Liver cancer
- Brain cancer
- Neuropathy related to cancer treatment
- Dozens more
9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Extension
In July 2019, the VCF Permanent Authorization Act was signed into law, which authorized the extension of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund through 2090. The full title of the law is The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act in memory of first responders who have died due to 9/11 cancers and fought for the permanent authorization of the VCF.
Countless people fought for this bill as the fund was being depleted and awards dramatically cut, according to Vox. One of the most prominent advocates for the fund’s extension was comedian John Stewart. After a number of lawmakers gave credit to Stewart for his support of the bill, Stewart reportedly replied sarcastically, “Yes, I think we can all agree I’m the real hero.”
Out of the 70,000 people who have enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program for first responders, more than 32,000 have developed diseases of the respiratory or digestive tracts, 705 of whom have died of those diseases, according to Vox. Nearly 9,000 first responders have been diagnosed with cancer, and 600 have died.
How Long Do I Have to Apply?
Previously, 9/11 cancer victims had a limited time to apply for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, with the WTC victims compensation fund due to expire in December 2020. However, with the updated legislation, the fund is now set to cover compensation for victims through 2090.
The September 11 Victims Compensation Fund extension is estimated to cost the government an additional $10 billion dollars over the next decade.
If you think you qualify for benefits from victims compensation fund cancer payouts, fill out the form on this page for a free case evaluation from a 9/11 cancer fund lawyer.
What’s the Latest News on the Fund?
On Sept. 10, 2020, the New York Post reported the families of 9/11 first responders who pass away from COVID-19-related illnesses may be still eligible to receive compensation from the 9/11 victims fund, due to 9/11 first responders facing health issues that place them at increased risk of a severe coronavirus infection.
“What the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund stated two days ago was that the mere fact that someone dies on the surface, at least from COVID-19, it does not stop the inquiry as to whether or not their 9/11 illness played a significant part in their passing,” said lawyer Nick Papain, whose firm represents over 3,000 individuals with 9/11-related illnesses.
How Can 9/11 Cancer Claims Lawyers Help?
A September 11 Victims Compensation Fund lawyer can assist you by making the process associated with filing a claim much smoother. Having a legal advocate who is informed of the victim compensation fund eligibility requirements will be able to help you with every step of the application, from compiling evidence to filing paperwork, all while ensuring you receive all the benefits you are eligible for so you can receive proper compensation for the suffering you have experienced.
Do I Qualify For Money From the 9/11 Compensation Fund?
Navigating the complex and burdensome paperwork to participate in the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund extension can be difficult. An experienced 9/11 victim fund attorney can help and ensure you get the maximum compensation available.
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