The coronavirus pandemic poses a particular threat to 9/11 responders and survivors who developed medical conditions as a result of the attacks that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. That is not to mention that the pandemic has dealt a significant economic blow to businesses and working people across the country, especially here in New York.
At Pitta & Baione, our 9/11 benefits fund law firm continues to operate around the clock for clients and the community in this unprecedented time. We are working diligently to help 9/11 responders and survivors continue to get the benefits they deserve in their times of need. We are also closely monitoring efforts to create a new benefit fund for essential workers who have contracted coronavirus during the pandemic.
We understand that the pandemic has posed a new crisis for some of the same people who were at the frontlines during one of the darkest days in our country’s history. Our firm is committed to continuing to serve responders and survivors, including those impacted by COVID-19.
Getting 9/11 Benefits During the Pandemic
As with a wide range of other activity, the process for getting benefits under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program has been slowed as a result of the pandemic.
The Special Master for the VCF, which offers financial compensation to responders and survivors (and their heirs) for monetary losses related to the attacks, has said to expect delays throughout the claims process. That may include in the payment of benefits, although the Special Master has pledged to continue to process payments daily, minimizing any delays. A wide range of eligibility and other hearings have also been cancelled or delayed because they are not currently being held in person.
The WTCHP, which provides certain healthcare benefits to 9/11 responders and survivors, is also experiencing similar delays. The program is still accepting applications and processing certifications during the pandemic, however, and has taken steps to ensure that participants can continue to get the treatment they need.
The program has expanded telehealth options, for instance, and is encouraging participants to sign up for prescription medication delivery services. It is also implementing safeguards to limit medical care providers to essential services. Participants who develop symptoms related to the virus may be directed to other healthcare providers, according to the WTCHP.
Speak with an Attorney at Our 9/11 Benefits Fund Law Firm
If you or a loved one is considering seeking 9/11 benefits – or if you are having trouble getting your claim processed during the pandemic – the September 11th benefits attorneys at Pitta & Baione can help. New and existing clients can continue to contact us around the clock.
For more information about eligibility requirements of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program, contact a lawyer at Pitta & Baione LLP at 844-982-2667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.