Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. Obtains Highest VCF Award For 9/11 Victim – $4.133 Million

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 McManus 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, or visit our VCF website at

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