The Staten Island lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. answer your questions regarding the 911 Victim’s Compensation Fund in New York.
What attorney fee can be charged by a lawyer representing a 9/11 first responder, construction worker, or clean-up worker under the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund who previously settled in the recent 9/11 lawsuit?
Attorney’s fees to represent a 9/11 first responder, construction worker, or clean-up worker under the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund who previously settled in the recent 9/11 lawsuit is not allowed to be any more than a total of ten percent (10%) on all amounts received (the total received from the settlement lawsuit plus the amount awarded by the fund).
Who is eligible for monetary compensation through the Zadroga 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund?
Those eligible for monetary compensation through the Zadroga 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund are as follows:
- Sanitation workers;
- Residents of downtown;
- Office workers who worked below Canal Street;
- Window washers near Ground Zero;
- Commercial cleaners in the building or areas surrounding Ground Zero
- Those who cleaned the toxic debris, dust, and fallout from Ground Zero such as janitors and porters;
- City workers and private carting and sanitation workers who removed the debris and refuge from the 9/11 sites, including along route to any dump or landfill;
- Barge and other maritime workers, such as dock workers, captains, and others, who helped move the debris and materials from the World Trade Center or the nearby areas;
- Transfer station workers who handled or helped move debris and materials from the 9/11 sites.
I was recently diagnosed with cancer. Am I eligible for a money award from the Victim's Compensation Fund?
Yes, if you have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, you may be eligible for a money award from the Victim’s Compensation Fund. If you lived or worked below Canal Street or at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island (the New York City Exposure Zone) from September 11, 2022 through May of 2002, and have been diagnosed with any of the following cancers, you may be eligible for a money award from the VCF;
- Breast cancer
- Malignant Neoplasm
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
There are over 75 different cancers currently eligible for the Victim’s Compensation Fund.