Sheila Birnbaum, Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, will be coming to Commack, Long Island on Thursday, July 11th for a Town Hall meeting and question and answer session about the Zadroga Act and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Linda Carson and Angela Luongo of our Zadroga Team will be their to assist our clients and others.
The meeting starts at 6:00pm at CSEA Local 1000 Headquarters where my good friend Nick Lamorte is President of the union. Nick and I have known each other for over 30 years going back to our old Farmingdale High School days where we both played football. Thanks Nick for providing your facility for this important public service.
The Victim Compensation Fund was re-opened as part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2011 and allows up to $2.8 billion for survivors and first responders suffering from a specific list of cancers and other ailments as a resulting from the tragedy. According to the Department of Justice, 17,453 people have registered for the fund, 53 claims have been resolved and $6 million in compensation has been awarded to date. A small portion of this compensation will be paid at the time of the original award with the large bulk being paid in 2016-17.
The executive director the non-profit group 9/11 Health Watch has expressed that there is no telling how many may be eligible.
Processing applications for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund under the Zadroga Act is a lengthy, complex process (see the linked FAQ’s for example) - however, some claims can be worth in the millions of dollars depending on if a claimant cannot work anymore due to their 9/11 illnesses. It is important to apply as soon as possible.
Feel free to call us toll free at 1-855-WTC-INFO for a Free Consultation or visit us at www.zadrogaclaimsinfo.com for more information.