On March 13, 2017, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) issued its Fifth Annual Status Report and its findings confirm the great success Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. (SPBMC) has achieved in maximizing awards for its clients. Since January 2013, when the first VCF awards were issued under the Zadroga Act, through December 31, 2016:
- SPBMC obtained 1,082 awards totaling $508 Million, an average of $469 Thousand per award.
- SPBMC achieved the highest award – $4.133 Million – for a client whose cancer was linked to his exposure to toxins at the WTC Disaster Site.
- SPBMC’s clients represented a little over 10% of all claimants who received awards, yet they obtained close to 30% of all the monies awarded.
- SPBMC’s average award was approximately 3 times greater than the average of all other VCF awards.
SPBMC’s success does not stop there. In the first 2-1/2 months of 2017, the firm has obtained 72 additional awards totaling another $42.5 Million, an average of $591 Thousand per award.
SPBMC has also been very successful in pursuing supplemental awards for clients who, after receiving an award, were diagnosed with a new 9/11 illness or were subsequently found to be disabled by reason of their 9/11 illnesses.
If you were a 9/11 first responder, or lived or worked in Manhattan below Canal Street between September 11, 2001 and May 31, 2002, and are suffering from a cancer or respiratory illness, you may be entitled to compensation from the VCF.
The deadline to register with the VCF is 2 years from the date that a cancer or other illness was certified by the World Trade Center Health Program or was otherwise found to be 9/11-related by another governmental agency. All claims must be fully submitted by December 18, 2020.
If you are suffering from a cancer or other illness that might be 9/11‑related or have any questions about the VCF, please call us for a free consultation at (212) 732-9000 or email us at SPBMC-NY@TrialLaw1.com, or visit our VCF website at wtc911illness.com.
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