9/11 Benefits For September 11th Survivors
Survivors of the September 11th attacks have the right to seek a wide range of benefits for the physical, psychological and financial toll stemming from a day they will never forget. The two primary benefits programs come with a number of eligibility requirements that people seeking benefits must meet in order to have their claims approved. Pitta & Baione is a 9/11 fund law firm whose attorneys help survivors get the full benefits available by preparing a comprehensive claim the first time around.
Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to assisting people whose lives were forever changed in the attacks and the aftermath. We understand the various eligibility requirements and we help clients navigate the process with experience and personal attention.
Time may be of the essence. Although the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund have been renewed and extended, claims are still paid out on a “first come, first served” basis. In addition, there are a number of deadlines for filing VCF claims.
9/11 Fund Law Firm Fighting for Survivor Benefits
There are two primary benefits programs for 9/11 survivors: The World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
The World Trade Center Health Program offers free healthcare benefits, like medical monitoring, treatment and medication for physical and psychological illnesses.
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund provides financial compensation to survivors and their heirs for certain monetary losses associated with the attacks.
The eligibility requirements vary by program. That is why it is important for anyone considering seeking these benefits to consult an experienced 9/11 fund law firm.
September 11th Survivor Eligibility
Survivors eligible for WTCHP or VCF benefits include men, women and children who were present in the toxic dust exposure zones during the attack of 9/11, which includes residents living in the area, employees working in the area, and students who resided in the toxic dust exposure zones (including children in daycare).
The first step to proving eligibility for WTCHP or VCF benefits is to show that you have an illness, injury or medical condition on the list of those that the programs cover.
That list, which is extensive, includes cancers, respiratory disorders, traumatic injuries, back pain and other musculoskeletal impairments. Mental health conditions are also covered for WTCHP purposes.
You have to show that 9/11 exposures are substantially likely to have been a significant factor in aggravating, contributing to, or causing the covered health condition. That may require a wide range of medical documentation and other evidence – all of which our 9/11 fund law firm can help request, compile and organize.
For survivors whose medical conditions stem from exposure to toxic dust created during the attacks and building collapses, you may be eligible for health and compensation benefits if you were in a 9/11 toxic dust exposure zone, which includes Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street (between September 11, 2001 and July 31, 2002), or a small section of Brooklyn as shown in the map below.
Speak with an Attorney at Pitta and Baione Today
If you or a loved one is a survivor who is considering seeking 9/11 WTCHP or VCF benefits – or if you are having trouble getting your claim approved – the September 11th benefits attorneys at Pitta & Baione can help.
For more information about eligibility requirements of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program, contact Pitta & Baione, a 9/11 Fund law firm, at 844-WTC-COMP or firstname.lastname@example.org.