The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will issue an important new Final Rule on June 15, 2016 which will help clarify new procedures for filing claims under the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act.
Since the Zadroga Act was reauthorized, 9/11 WTC lawyers like Turley Hansen have not been able to file new claims while we awaited these new regulations and new claim forms.
In addition, the 9/11 VCF will begin making new Group B (claimants with loss determination awards dated after 12/17/15) award decisions by the end of June on a rolling basis. This will be great news for the many 9/11 responders and victims who did not fit into the Group A category (VCF award determinations 12/17/15 or before). Many of them have been waiting many years for their compensation awards and light is now at the end of the tunnel.
For Group B loss decisions that begin being issued in late June, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund expects to begin authorizing payments to claimants by the end of August.
The WTC Compensation Fund expects that a that a small percentage of Group B claim loss decisions will be monetarily smaller than Group A claims for the same conditions. The rational behind this should become more clear after the new Rule is issued on June 15th. We will post the new rule as soon as it becomes available on our 9/11 Zadroga Act Info site, zadrogaclaimsinfo.com and on our Zadroga Act Cancer Info Facebook page.
Important: Remember that you must “Register” with the Victim Compensation Fund within certain deadlines depending on your 9/11 related diagnosis. Unfortunately, every day we are hearing from more 9/11 responders and downtown Manhattan residents who have succumbed to 9/11 WTC cancers and other illnesses. You only have two (2) years to register your claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund if you have a 9/11 related cancer. See the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund registration deadline chart here.
For example, if you were diagnosed with 9/11 related lung cancer on August 1, 2014, you only have until August 1, 2016 to “register” your claim with the VCF. Missed registration deadlines are some of the saddest situations we must deal with when we speak to clients each day. If you have a question on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Registration Deadlines, call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636).
We will have more information for you on this important new Zadroga Act Rule when it is issued by the WTC Compensation Fund on June 15th. Until then, have a nice weekend and stay healthy.