October 12th Deadline to Register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Approaches, Parker Waichman LLP Comments

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The VCF provides compensation to 9/11 rescue workers and first responders who became ill or injured as a result of the attacks; the VCF and the World Trade Center Health Program were opened through the Zadroga Act. Parker Waichman LLP has continuously fought for the rights of 9/11 victims, and supports recent efforts to re-authorize the Zadroga Act.

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By registering with the VCF, 9/11 heroes are able to file claims if they became ill due to toxic dust exposure,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury law firm that has spent many years fighting to ensure that the heroes of 9/11 are never forgotten, is relaying important information about deadlines to register with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). According to the VCF website, the deadline to register with the Fund is October 12, 2014 for claimants who were diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of the cancers listed as eligible on that date. By registering, rescue workers preserve their right to file a claim for compensation in the future. Claimants are not required to file a claim at any time after registering with the VCF.

According to Parker Waichman LLP, it is important for WTC rescue workers to register with the VCF. “By registering with the VCF, 9/11 heroes are able to file claims if they became ill due to toxic dust exposure,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “Our firm has never stopped fighting for the rights of WTC victims, and will continue to relay important information that helps them preserve their rights.”

The quickest and most efficient way to register is online, the VCF indicates on its website. The Fund provides step-by-step instructions, as well as a brief video tutorial for assistance. Alternatively, individuals may also register using a hard copy eligibility form. Those registering through a hard copy must complete and mail Part I of the eligibility form to meet registration requirements. The VCF says that registrants may also complete an interim registration form if unable to register online or through the hard copy eligibility form. The Fund instructs these claimants to “Please read the instructions carefully before submitting this form and note the actions you must take to complete your registration once this form is submitted. Online filers should only use this form if there are problems accessing the online system since that is the fastest and most efficient way to register.”

Lawmakers recently introduced a bill to reauthorize the Zadroga Act, according to a press release issued on September 17, 2014 by Senator Gillibrand and Congressional members Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King. The Zadroga Act, which was passed in 2010, reopened the VCF and established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. The WTC Health Program and VCF expire on October 2015 and October 2016, respectively. Reauthorizing the Zadroga Act would keep these programs open for an additional 25 years, providing crucial medical treatment, monitoring and compensation to 9/11 heroes. Parker Waichman LLP applauds and fully supports these efforts.

Exposure to toxic dust during the 9/11 recovery efforts is linked to over 60 types of cancer, the release states. WTC workers have also been diagnosed with asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Parker Waichman LLP, which worked alongside Ground Zero first responders and their advocates to ensure passage of the Zadroga Act, vows to continue its efforts to ensure these heroes receive all of the Zadroga Act compensation they need and deserve. If you or a loved one are eligible for compensation under the Zadroga Act, and would like assistance with your claim, please visit Parker Waichman's Zadroga Act claims page at yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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