We can all remember what we were doing the exact moment we found out about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The day is forever seared into our minds. The sadness, the shock, the anger, the numb feeling we had that day and in the days to come will never be forgotten.
For many, those feelings are not all that they have to remember 9/11. Too many of our friends and neighbors still suffer. They put themselves on the front line of the fight against terrorism and paid a terrible price. These brave men and women either worked or lived in downtown Manhattan as part of the rescue or clean-up efforts. They are now dead or sick from the toxic air.
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program were established by the federal government to try to help these many victims. The Compensation Fund provides cash benefits to victims or their survivors for illness or injuries the Health Program finds related to a person’s presence in the Exposure Zone. The Health Program provides free medical care.
What is the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund? The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is the part of the US Department of Justice entrusted to administer, review and approve or deny the applications for Fund benefits. The Special Master, appointed by the Attorney General, decides on whether and to what extent an individual is entitled to benefits. It is located in Washington, DC.
Who is eligible for Fund benefits? Any person with a physical injury or illness resulting from presence in the Exposure Zone from September 11, 2001 to May 30, 2002 may be entitled to Fund benefits. The Fund does not make awards for solely mental health conditions. An applicant need not be a US citizen. Surviving relatives of a person who died from a 9/11 related illness or injury also may apply for benefits.
Are there deadlines? Yes. If you knew of your 9/11 related condition, as determined by the WTC Health Program or another government entity, prior to October 3, 2011, then you needed to have registered with the Fund by October 3, 2013. If you did not know of your 9/11 related condition as determined by the WTC Program or another government entity, prior to October 3, 2011, then you can register within two years of the date you receive a writing from the Health Program or government entity that you have a 9/11 related condition.
To obtain benefits, a victim (or the victim’s attorney) completes an application which sets forth why the victim was present in the Exposure Zone for the relevant time period; what injuries or illnesses the victim has and proof of the victim’s presence in the Exposure Zone. The Fund is working on many thousands of applications and so its review is relatively lengthy. The Fund usually takes over a year to review an application once submitted.
How can Grey & Grey help? Grey & Grey has experts in the application process and procedure. Its attorneys personally handle the cases from beginning to the end. Grey & Grey’s attorneys are skilled in representing its clients so as to obtain the highest awards possible. Grey & Grey’s attorneys will advance your application from its initial draft to its conclusion. Grey & Grey will personally attend and represent you at any hearing. Grey & Grey will draft and prosecute any needed appeal. Grey & Grey charges no fee unless there is a recovery. If there is an award, then Grey & Grey would receive 10% of the client’s award as a fee. Grey & Grey has represented hundreds of 9/11 victims and their families and is pleased to have obtained over $16,000,000 in awards.
In addition to the benefits from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program, a victim and/or their family may be asked to join in a federal law suit being brought against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Grey & Grey intends to show that Saudi Arabia is partly responsible for the terrorist attacks and therefore should pay its clients for their costs, death, pain and suffering resulting from their 9/11 related injuries and illnesses.