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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

9/11 Claim Fund Countdown To The October 3, 2013 Deadline

Zadroga 9/11 Claim Fund Countdown



"The Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) was originally established by Congress in 2001. It was designed to bring financial relief to those most devastated by the events of September 11, 2001. The original VCF provided compensation to eligible individuals who were physically injured as a result of the terrorist attacks and the beneficiaries and families of individuals killed as a result of the terrorist attacks. The original VCF operated from December 2001 until June 2004.
"On January 2, 2011, the President signed the Zadroga Act into law. Title II of the Zadroga Act amends the original 2001 Act and reopens the VCF. The new VCF expands the eligibility rules so that more individuals can now receive compensation. The new VCF now provides compensation to eligible individuals who were present at the crash sites or locations of debris removal from September 11, 2001 through May 30, 2002. (The original VCF provided compensation only for persons who were present in the 96 hours following the attacks).
"The new VCF will be open to receive claims for five years (beginning October 3, 2011). However, the deadline for filing your claim is two years after you learn of your physical harm. That means that if you knew about your harm before October 3, 2011, you must file your claim before October 3, 2013. If you learn of your physical harm after October 3, 2011, your deadline to file is two years after the date on which you learned of the harm. To meet this deadline, the VCF must receive your complete Registration Form within the relevant two-year window if you submit your claim online. If you choose to submit your claim in hardcopy, the VCF must receive your Eligibility Form, even if not complete, within the relevant two-year window. Congress appropriated $2.775 billion for the new VCF and authorized the VCF to distribute $875 million of that amount during the first five years of operations.
"Your participation in the VCF is voluntary. If you choose to make a claim with the VCF, you waive your right to bring a lawsuit to recover for any injuries you claim as a result of the attacks.
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