When the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law in January of 2011, it appropriated $2.7 billion to re-open the
September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which was created in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. to provide financial help to those who were injured or lost loved ones. We are now just weeks from the end of 2012, and no money has been paid out to claimants.
According to a report by the New York Post, not a single dime has been paid out of the VCF by the committee responsible for reviewing and approving claims for financial help by firefighters, police officers, volunteer workers and other responders and survivors suffering from 9/11-related health problems.
Approximately 15,000 people have registered with the VCF, but only 1,500 have filed formal applications, according to an official's statement to the Post. VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum said that most of the applications have been incomplete and the goal is to begin making payments in January 2013. VCF applicants include residents of Lower Manhattan as well as responders to the rescue and clean-up efforts, such as police officers, firefighters and construction workers.
Those responsible for reviewing and approving claims for financial help under the Zadroga Act face a difficult task, but this does not excuse unnecessary delays. New York Senator Charles Schumer is taking a personal stand for VCF claimants, telling reporters that those responsible for administering the Fund should be "moving heaven and earth to get the funds to those who were injured."
The process of filing a claim and seeking financial help can be difficult, and this is why the team at Napoli Bern & Associates, LLP is committed to providing legal representation in these important matters. Following the key role we played in the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, securing a landmark $816.45 million settlement for workers suffering from Ground Zero exposure, we have committed our practice to representing claimants seeking financial support and medical treatment under the Zadroga Act. Learn more about your right to compensation by contacting a Zadroga Act attorney today.