WorkCompCentral, the leading online publication for news and analysis regarding injured workers, interviewed Turley Hansen partner Troy Rosasco last week to discuss the milestone of $1.52 billion paid out to first responders and other victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Rosasco said one of the biggest problems 9/11 cancer victims face is missing the strict deadlines to register eligible cancers with the Victim Compensation Fund. At least once a week Turley Hansen has to tell a 9/11 cancer victim or family member that they have missed the strict deadlines. Rosasco says it is “heartbreaking”.
Anyone diagnosed with what they believe is a 9/11 cancer must register with the Victim Compensation Fund within two years of diagnosis, but no later than December 18, 2020. Click here to register today with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Do not delay. You can always choose to hire a 9/11 attorney after you register, but the most important thing is to register so you do not miss the strict deadlines. If you have questions about 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund registration, eligibility or benefit amounts, feel free to call our office at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).
Turley Hansen & Partners has represented more than 1000 first responders, volunteers or residents of lower Manhattan before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. To date, they have collected over $60 million in cash awards for their clients. See a list of the most common 9/11 related cancers here.
In addition, they have helped many of their clients file for benefits with the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) which provides free healthcare across the country for eligible individuals who lived or worked in the vicinity of Ground Zero, and were exposed to the toxic stew that engulfed the area for months. See a list here of all covered cancers treated by the World Trade Center Health Program.
As for the passage of the Zadroga Reauthorization Act, Rosasco praised Congress:
The citizens of the United States can be very proud of the way their government has acted with both compassion and thoroughness in taking care of [9/11] heroes who risked theoir lives for others. With all the criticisms of Congress and Washington that we here these days, this is one Act that Congress can be very proud of.