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9/11 VCF Claims Process for Those Experiencing Terminal Illness and Financial Hardship

June, 2021

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We understand that unfortunate circumstances can strike at any time. If you’re a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and are suffering from a terminal illness or “significant financial hardship,” there is help available through the 911 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to expedite the claims process to receive your award faster.

This month, Pitta & Baione, LLP will take you through the process to see if you qualify for expedited claims processing and the steps you need to take to get the help you need sooner.

How to know if you qualify?

Responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks may qualify for expedited claims processing if they:

  • Have been diagnosed with a 9/11-related health condition
  • Are suffering from a terminal illness
  • Are experiencing “significant financial hardship,” including imminent or pending foreclosure or eviction proceeding, utility cut-off, and other related circumstances

What you’ll need to do next

There are steps you’ll need to take to request an expedited processing of your claim. If you’re represented by an attorney for your VCF claim, it’s best to ask for their assistance throughout the process. An experienced VCF law firm like Pitta & Baione, LLP can relieve the pressure and do the work for you. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

  • Either you or your attorney must contact the VCF Helpline and upload any appropriate documentation connected with your claim.
  • Submit a completed claim form and all required supporting documents. This is necessary to ensure the VCF has the information they need to process your claim.

Once the VCF has received all of the required information, they will review your request and notify you within 48 hours as to whether your request has been approved or denied. If your claim has been approved, the VCF can often process the claim, issue the award, and process your payment within three-to-four weeks—providing all the required documents have been submitted.

Note: Payment on the claim is issued to you when the award letter is sent; however, you retain the right to appeal within the 30-day appeal period.

Before you can file a claim, you must first be registered with the VCF. The July 29 registration deadline is only weeks away. Contact Pitta & Baione, LLP today for a free and no obligation case review. A member of our legal team is ready to answer any questions you may have regarding registration with the WTC Health Program, or to see if you’re eligible for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Protect your 9/11 rights. Register today.