The victim’s compensation fund really stemmed from a lot of the people who were injured in the aftermath of 9/11. These people had no real avenue on what to do for compensation.
These people were victims of an unprecedented terrorist attack and out of all the things that our government and our society spends money on, this is really something that does a lot of good for a lot of innocent people.
The statute is named after James Zadroga who was a police detective and he had no prior lung conditions. He did not smoke but ended up developing a respiratory condition that caused him to retire. That respiratory condition developed from the 450 hours he spent down in the disaster site helping with the cleanup.
In a situation where it’s not anyone’s fault besides the terrorists and the people involved with them, for these innocent people there has to be something that we can do for them as a country and that’s why we have the Zadroga Act. The statute itself is so important to making these people’s lives as whole as possible.
What are the steps for a 9/11 claim in 2020?
If you wanted to pursue a claim there are actual filing deadlines that you really need to be aware of. These rules and deadlines can change anytime, the VCF could come out with a different updated statute so you need to keep up to date.
Today as of November 2020 the VCF claim has a filing deadline of July 29 2019. That is if you were certified with a 9/11 related condition by the World Trade Health before July 29 2019. If you were certified after that date of July 29th 2019 you then have about two years to file your VCF claim.
Again because these deadlines can change later in time, it is important that you are speaking to an attorney with knowledge of the Zadroga Act. Parker Waichman can help you streamline this process and explain it thoroughly every step of the way.
How much money can I get if I have a 911 related cancer?
The cancer-related conditions are capped at $250,000. This cap is set by statute so no matter the severity of the condition that is the biggest award you can get.
That $250,000 is for non-economic damages such as lost wages. Economic damages related to your condition are capped at $200,000 for each year, so if you have four years of lost wages and each year you were making $300,000 you could be eligible for up to $200,000 in each of those four years.
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