- The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has changed the eligibility requirements regarding World Trade Center related Cancers
- The U.S. Senate and House have overrode President Obama's 9/11 veto thereby opening the possibility of suing Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan and terrorist organizations
- The Washington Post: Congress overrides Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill
- The New York Times: Congress Votes to Override Obama Veto on 9/11 Victims Bill
- The Wall Street Journal: Senate, House Override Obama Veto on Saudi Arabia Bill
- Reuters: Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law
- Politico: Congress hands Obama first veto override
- As reported in Newsweek: Fallout from 9/11 Attacks on par with Fukushima and Chernobyl, Researchers say.
"The U.S. government has spent the past six years pouring millions of dollars into researching deadly diseases linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. But it has never officially warned people who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan during 9/11 that the attacks turned the area into a breeding ground for cancer. At a conference at the New York Academy of Medicine on Wednesday, researchers shared fresh evidence of elevated rates of cancer, heart and respiratory disease and post-traumatic stress disorder linked to Ground Zero. One doctor even stated that the dangerous health consequences of the attacks are on par with those of the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986 and Fukushima, Japan in 2011."
September 11, 2001 is a day that stands out in Americans’ hearts and minds as one of the most tragic in history. Nearly 3,000 people died on that fatal day, and the ramifications of 9/11 are still being felt by many living now; hundreds of people who were near the World Trade Center site, worked or lived in the area afterwards, or acted as Ground Zero first responders were exposed to pollution and toxic dust. As such, these people are suffering from respiratory illnesses and cancers. If you were present at a 9/11 crash site at the time of attack or in the immediate aftermath thereafter, and if you are suffering from a disease or health condition as a direct result of your proximity to the crash site, you may be an eligible claimant for compensation.
The Victim Compensation Fund & The James Zadroga Act
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act allocated approximately $4.2 billion to create the World Trade Center Health Program. The act also expanded the Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, allowing victims of the 9/11 attacks to obtain compensation for injuries. Anyone who was present at the crash sites at the time of attack, or immediately thereafter (between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002), and suffered physical harm as a direct result of the crash or debris, may file a claim for benefits.
File a Claim for Benefits Today
Before you file your claim for benefits, make sure you consult with a World Trade Center injury lawyer to learn more about what diseases, illnesses, and injuries are covered under the act, who is eligible to recover benefits, and how to file your claim. At Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, we want to make sure that you recover the compensation you are entitled to if you are a victim of the 9/11 attacks. To learn more, call our offices today to schedule a consultation.