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World Trade Center Health Program: Just the Facts

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides assessment, monitoring and treatment services to eligible emergency responders and others who were injured and exposed to toxic chemicals during and after the September...more

4/17/2014 - Emergency Response Healthcare Toxic Exposure World Trade Center Health Program

The VCF: Who Is in Charge?

The September 11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) was created to provide compensation to people injured and killed because of the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. By law, operation of the VCF requires a Special...more

4/7/2014 - September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Hope for Victims of Hit-And-Run Accidents

A 14-year-old girl was struck by a hit-and-run driver before being hit by two other cars on February 6, 2014. The ninth grader was crossing Hempstead Turnpike when the driver of a passenger vehicle crashed into her, throwing...more

4/3/2014 - Car Accident Hit-and-Run

Are the Allocated VCF Funds Going to be Enough?

The expansion of VCF claim eligibility to victims of various cancers is a victory for first responders, rescue workers, cleanup workers and others who braved the aftermath of 9/11 to help pick up the pieces. However, the...more

4/3/2014 - September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Perspectives from the 9/11 Fund Special Master

Since the new Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was opened more than two years ago, the special master appointed to oversee its administration, Sheila Birnbaum, has been highly visible and widely lauded for its progress....more

3/24/2014 - September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars for Deadly Defect

The weight of a key ring on certain GM models causes the car to shift from run to accessory. This kills the engine — and possibly killed at least 13 people....more

3/24/2014 - Automobile Recall Automotive Industry General Motors

How Your Doctor Can Figure into the VCF Claims Process

The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims process was designed to ensure compensation funds only go to people with legitimate diagnoses of WTC-related illnesses. As such, medical evidence plays a substantial role not only in...more

3/21/2014 - September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Graco Recalls Millions of Faulty Car Seats

On the road, young children need to be in their seat — a safe car seat. Recently, Graco Children’s Products, Inc. recalled almost four million car seats because of a faulty buckle. ...more

3/21/2014 - Children's Products Product Recalls

Important Financial Facts about VCF Payments

Serious injuries often come along with significant financial difficulties brought on by medical bills and the reduction or total loss of income resulting from disability. Victims of WTC-related injuries are no exception. Many...more

3/13/2014 - September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Officers Accused of Fraudulent Claims for PTSD after 9/11

More than 100 retired police officers, firefighters and correctional officers are being charged with Social Security disability fraud for allegedly faking the extent of their disabilities to unlawfully obtain disability...more

3/6/2014 - Firemen Fraud Police PTSD September 11th Attacks Social Security Disability

Do Not Miss This: VCF Deadlines

As with any legal claim or lawsuit, you must understand the time frame when you can file a claim. If you wait too long after suffering a personal injury, you can lose your right to recover compensation. For claims made to the...more


Why the Need for Proof? Preventing Fraud

Although the need to prove any money claim is self-evident, the WTC Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and other disaster relief funds are particularly susceptible to fraud. As federal, state and nonprofit agencies rush relief to...more

2/17/2014 - Disaster Aid Fraud Victim Compensation Fund

New York World Trade Center Registry Reopened

After passage of New York Workers Compensation Law Article 8-A in August 2006, the window of opportunity for September 11 workers and volunteers who were injured or became ill to register a potential claim was extended to...more

2/13/2014 - September 11th Attacks September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Kickbacks, Misbranding and Criminal Accusations: Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay $2.2 Billion to End Investigations

The once-trusted healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson entered into an agreement in November with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history. ...more

2/13/2014 - Corruption DOJ Healthcare Fraud Investigations Johnson & Johnson Kickbacks Settlement

Second Annual Victim Compensation Fund Released: Future Focus

When the office of the Special Master of the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for those injured in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States issued its second annual report, it released information on its activities, the...more

2/10/2014 - September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Second Annual Victim Compensation Fund Released: Key Points

In November, the Special Master for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) released a second annual report concerning activities undertaken in the last year to pursue the mandate of the VCF. ...more

2/3/2014 - September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

What is the WTC Health Program?

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 has provided compensation to many 9/11 victims and their families, but the act has broader implications. The World Trade Center Health Program is another important...more

1/31/2014 - September 11th Attacks September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Toyota Settles Sudden Acceleration Case After Guilty Verdict

In 2007, Jean Bookout was at the wheel of her 2005 Camry with her friend Barbara Schwartz. The friends exited an Oklahoma highway before Ms. Bookout discovered she could not stop her car. The vehicle sped through an...more

1/27/2014 - Car Accident Design Defects Manufacturing Defects Toyota

9/11-Related Lawsuits Against Terrorists

Filing a 9/11-related lawsuit against a terrorist organization may seem like a vain effort. But such litigation may in fact be an important part of our national healing process. Since those tragic events more than 12 years...more

1/22/2014 - September 11th Attacks Terrorist Acts

The Importance of Taking Prompt Legal Action After an Accident

You may have heard or read that after suffering a personal injury in an accident, you should take legal action immediately. Why? Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be facing costly medical bills, and you may be...more

1/13/2014 - Bodily Injury

The VCF Appeals Process

To improve the claims process, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has increased its staff to 75, from 31 a year earlier. The biggest increases are in the number of document intake workers (now 25, up from nine a year...more

1/13/2014 - September 11th Attacks September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

How Other Benefits Can Offset VCF Payments

The funds that Congress set aside for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund are finite, and the number of claimants increases every day. To ensure fairness and stretch the funds as far as possible, the VCF has adopted...more

1/9/2014 - September 11th Attacks September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

If you’re like most people, you are probably more cautious when driving near large trucks and tractor-trailers. Your vigilance is warranted — semi-trucks and flatbeds can cause devastating accidents. If you or someone you...more

1/9/2014 - Trucking Accident Trucking Industry

Where Is the 9/11 “Crash Site” Defined in the Zadroga Act That Affects Victim Compensation?

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, signed by President Obama in January 2011, sets aside $4.2 billion for the World Trade Center Health Program to test and treat workers, volunteers and other...more

12/6/2013 - September 11th Attacks September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Zadroga Act

Bright Lights Big Hazard: FDA Comments on Laser Toys

A few years ago, lasers were novel and used primarily in eye surgeries or in high-tech industries. Today, lasers are found in toys for children and even for cats. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a...more

12/2/2013 - Children's Products FDA

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