The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund recognizes the economic and non-economic harms you’ve suffered if you lost a close family member to a 9/11-related physical health condition. One type of pecuniary loss the VCF considers when determining compensation in deceased claims is the loss of household services the victim had performed during their lifetime. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. provides representation to the grieving families of 9/11 responders and survivors to help them obtain the compensation they are entitled for their 9/11 replacement services claim.
Reimbursement for a 9/11 Replacement Services Claim
Every family member performs different services to help upkeep the home and care for their dependents. If your loved one died as a result of their 9/11-related health condition, a 9/11 replacement services claim can be made to the VCF for the deceased victim’s contribution to the household. Generally, the types of tasks that are considered by the VCF for compensation as part of a wrongful death claim may include:
• Child care
• Home maintenance and repairs
• Financial services
In some cases, replacement services are also awarded for personal injury claims — even if your loved one didn’t die from a 9/11-related health condition, you may still be able to recover replacement services loss if they filed a personal injury claim prior to passing. However, the VCF only rarely issues this type of compensation in personal injury claims.
Documentation for Replacement Services
If you’re submitting a 9/11 replacement services claim with your wrongful death claim, the victim’s personal representative must provide the VCF with sufficient documentation to support the claim.
The personal representative must include a clear and detailed statement concerning the replacement services claim with the initial wrongful death claim submission. The statement should explain the types of services the victim contributed to the household before they developed their eligible 9/11-related health condition and passed away as a result of it. While the VCF may issue an award for various replacement services, those that are no longer relevant at the time of submission will not be awarded compensation.
The dependent seeking compensation for replacement services should also specify the amount of time the victim used to spend on the particular task each week or month. If the victim was unable to perform the services before they died from their eligible 9/11-related health condition, medical records should be included with the claim submission. The records should demonstrate the link the 9/11 cancer, illness, or injury with the inability to do the particular tasks or services specified in the 9/11 replacement services loss claim.
Contact a Trusted 9/11 VCF Attorney
Knowing how to present your 9/11 replacement services loss claim to the VCF is critical to ensure you’re awarded the compensation to which you’re entitled. An attorney who understands the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund regulations can assist you with preparing your claim and help ensure you provide the VCF with the documentation necessary to recover for the loss of your loved one. The VCF attorneys at the Dearie Law Firm, P.C. have been representing the families of 9/11 responders and survivors for all matters pertaining to the VCF claims for more than a decade. For a free consultation, call 1-800-2-DEARIE.