The September 11th attacks didn’t just take the lives of thousands of people that day. It exposed numerous first responders and locals to toxic materials during the aftermath. Victims suffered from cancer and respiratory illnesses. There’s a federally funded Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), but learning if you qualify may feel like a daunting task. That’s why Law&Crime Network host Jesse Weber went through that process in a new video, brought to you by Eisbrouch Marsh LLC.
Law&Crime has written about the victim compensation fund before. People with cancer and certain respiratory illness can apply if they believe their illnesses were caused by the 9/11 attacks, but they have to prove it to get compensation. For example, they must show they lived in designated areas in a specific time period.
Weber reviewed how applicants can prove their case. That includes asking yourself some simple questions: Where were you that day? Did you suffer an injury or sickness? Or are you representing someone who passed away from those conditions? Have you been sick, and if so, was the illness covered under the VCF? Can you meet the deadline? Are you registered with the right organization?
It can all be pretty bewildering. Watch the video above for more information. If you’re looking for legal representation in this matter, you can contact Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC at 1-888-CALL-LAW for a free consultation to find out if you qualify under the Zadroga Act.
It remains to be seen if Congress will extend the deadline for claims. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) called attention to the VCF in a Thursday tweet:
I’m outraged that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is running out of $$$ & will cut payments. Today, I joined firefighters & first responders at West Haven fire department to call on Congress to make the fund permanent & keep our promise to first responders, victims, & families. pic.twitter.com/sbPEW5Ttjj
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) February 21, 2019
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