New York, NY – The July 29, 2021 final deadline for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund [VCF] applies to claims by two primary groups of claimants — all those who passed away prior to July 29, 2019, and all those who were certified by the World Trade Center Health Program [WTCHP] prior to July 29, 2019 as having a 9/11-related condition. If you or a loved one were in Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street – for any reason – between 9/11 and July 31, 2002, you should find out now if you are eligible for tax free compensation from the VCF.
If a lost loved one was in Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street between 9/11 and July 31, 2002, and they died from lung disease or cancer, or if they suffered from a 9/11-related condition during their lifetime, July 29, 2021 will be the final deadline to register a claim for tax-free compensation with the VCF on their behalf.
If you think you may be in the WTCHP, you should register now to protect your right to file a claim. We often speak with clients who think they protected their rights with the VCF because they are enrolled in the WTCHP; filed with the World Trade Center Health Registry — or submitted a WTC-12 Form or a completed a Notice of Participation. However, we often find out they never actually registered with the VCF.
While this upcoming deadline is specific to the two vulnerable groups described above, now is a good time to verify your eligibility and to register with the VCF to protect your rights. Deadlines are specific to your individual circumstances so you should find out now if you are registered, and if not, you should do so immediately. The lawyers at Pitta & Baione LLP are available to consult with you and confirm your eligibility and registration status free of charge.
Compensation is not limited to uniformed responders or construction and recovery workers; generally all those who were in Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street between September 11, 2001 and July of 2002 may be eligible for the VCF.