First Zadroga Filing Period Closing October 3, 2013, and Failure to Register May Result in Denial of Claims
LA SOTTO VOCE - 2ND QUARTER 2013
The official newsletter of the COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION
Fire Department, City of New York
By Robert Ungaro & Nicholas Cifuni, Esqs.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. Individuals suffering from, and representatives of individuals who have died of health conditions or diseases presumptively caused by World Trade Center exposure may be eligible for benefits which include both monetary compensation and health benefits from the VCF. However, claims must be properly registered within specific time periods. A failure to register will likely result in ineligibility for compensation and benefits.
Individuals who knew or should have known, prior to October 3, 2011, that they suffered a physical harm caused by their exposure, have until October 3, 2013, to register with the VCF. In other words if you have been suffering any physical WTC related condition before October 3, 2011, you must register a claim before October 3, of this year. Once you are registered you will need to establish eligibility and medical proof to receive benefits. October 3, is rapidly approaching and eligible members are strongly urged not to delay filing, as last minute claims leave little time to correct errors and may result in loss of benefits.
There is a second filing period for individuals who become aware of a qualifying condition after October 3, 2011. Those individuals must register within two years of the date the VCF determines that the individual knew or should have known that they suffered from a qualifying condition.
Robert Ungaro & Nicholas Cifuni
You can find more information at:
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This information is not meant to cover every situation, it is, instead a general statement of one aspect of disability law and procedures. It is not to be used as a substitute for specific legal advice from an attorney.