Responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks suffered hundreds of cancers, illnesses, injuries, and diseases as a result of breathing in the air at Ground Zero and in the NYC Exposure Zone. Tragically, many of them were left partially or totally disabled from their 9/11-related health conditions, and physically unable to work. For countless responders, their 9/11 disabilities not only meant loss of earnings, but also lost pension benefits — as well as having other financial repercussions for them and their families.
If you were a member of the FDNY, NYPD, NYCERS, worked for Con Ed, or another responder who retired early on disability and lost earnings or pension benefits due to your illness, you may be entitled to receive an award for your economic loss from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. helps responders who aided in the recovery and cleanup efforts get the full compensation they deserve from the VCF for their 9/11 economic loss claims.
Loss of Earnings and Pension Benefits
The VCF provides compensation for 9/11 economic loss claims to responders who are disabled or physically injured due to an eligible 9/11-related health condition — this can include past and future lost wages, loss of pension or retirement benefits, and health benefits. If sufficient documentation is provided, the VCF may also consider loss of promotion opportunities and other forms of compensation when evaluating a claim.
To receive an award for future lost earnings or benefits, the VCF requires that you have a disability determination. The VCF accepts disability determinations from certain employers or government agencies, including:
• Social Security Administration
• Workers’ Compensation
The VCF may consider a disability determination from a private insurer or physician if it provides enough detail about the condition and the resulting disability. VCF claimants can also request to go through the WTC Health Program Disability Evaluation process if they do not already have a disability determination from another source.
9/11 Economic Loss Claims for Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses
If you’ve incurred out-of-pocket medical expenses due to your 9/11-related health condition, that have not been reimbursed, the VCF may compensate you for your economic loss. After you’ve received your award determination from the VCF, you can submit an amendment seeking these losses, but only once they’ve exceeded $5,000. The VCF does not consider economic loss for out-of-pocket medical expenses with the initial claim submission as it could delay the processing time for the claim.
Economic Loss for Deceased Claims
The VCF provides families of responders who have passed away due to their 9/11-related health condition with compensation for the financial hardship they may be suffering. Economic loss is awarded to families in VCF deceased claims for loss of their loved one’s earnings and benefits, unreimbursed medical expenses, burial and memorial services costs, and replacement services loss.
Contact an Experienced 9/11 Economic Loss Claims Attorney
If you were a responder who aided in the rescue, recovery, or debris cleanup efforts in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks, you may be entitled to compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for economic losses you suffered due to an eligible health condition. The VCF accepts 9/11 economic loss claims from New York City firefighters and police officers, NYCERS, Con Ed workers, EMTs, construction workers, and others who worked at Ground Zero or in the NYC Exposure Zone to help rebuild the city. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has assisted thousands of responders and their families over the last decade with obtaining their rightful economic loss awards from the VCF. Contact us for a consultation.