If you’re a 9/11 responder or survivor who developed cancer or another health condition linked to the toxic dust cloud, you may be entitled to file a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. However, to receive full and fair compensation, you will need to provide considerable paperwork, information, and documentation. The VCF’s rules, regulations, and requirements can be complex — and it’s best to have a skillful VCF attorney who can protect your rights every step of the way.
Here are five reasons why you should consider retaining a VCF attorney for your claim:
1. A VCF Attorney Can Ensure Timely Registration
There are two separate deadlines for the VCF — the registration deadline and the claims filing deadline. While the claims filing deadline is the same for everyone (October 1, 2090), the registration deadline depends upon when your condition was determined to be an eligible 9/11-related illness. A VCF attorney can assist you with registering promptly to avoid being barred from bringing a claim.
2. A VCF Attorney Can Help You Prove Your Presence in the NYC Exposure Zone
The VCF has strict eligibility criteria. You must establish that you have a 9/11-related health condition and provide documentation showing that you were present in the NYC Exposure Zone. Whether you are a responder or survivor, this can require gathering affidavits, letters from an employer, school records, rental records, utility bills, or other paperwork. Demonstrating presence in the NYC Exposure Zone can sometimes be complex — and an experienced attorney will know what type of documentation is needed in your specific case.
3. They Know How to Navigate the VCF’s Regulations and Requirements
The VCF has specific regulations and eligibility requirements for responders and survivors. A VCF attorney will have the experience and knowledge necessary to guide you through the claims process and assist you with obtaining the compensation you deserve. They can also make sure your paperwork is filled out correctly, and you adhere to the applicable deadlines.
4. A VCF Attorney Will Know How to Obtain Fair Compensation
When you work with an experienced VCF attorney, you will have counsel on your side who can work to achieve the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled. In addition to ensuring you submit the information needed to obtain compensation, a VCF attorney can also help you prove the economic and non-economic losses you suffered — and appeal a denied claim if necessary.
5. They Can Help You Obtain Compensation Faster
The VCF handles claims on a “first-in, first-out” basis and aims to make determinations within one year of the claim form submission. But when you have the guidance of a VCF attorney, they can help ensure there are no delays in your claim that could slow the process. For instance, they can work closely with you to gather all the evidence you need when submitting your claim — and strive to prevent any potential delays. If you meet the criteria, they will also be able to assess whether your claim might qualify for the VCF’s expedited process.
Contact an Experienced 9/11 VCF Attorney
If you are a 9/11 responder or survivor, you may be entitled to compensation from the VCF. However, the process of filing a claim can be complex, so it’s vital to have an experienced VCF attorney who can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund attorneys at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. have represented VCF claimants and their families for over a decade. For a free consultation, contact us today.