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911 Victim Compensation Fund ~ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), 2012 Frequent updates on how to wave your rights.

The Frequently Asked Questions provide additional information about various aspects of the Victim Compensation Fund. Click the section to see questions and answers pertaining to that topic. You can also download the full PDF version for your reference.

If any additional questions, please call toll-free 1-855-885-1555.

1.1 What is the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund?

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is part of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President to provide compensation for economic and non-economic loss to individuals or relatives of deceased individuals who were killed or physically injured as a result of ... September 11, 2001. The original VCF operated from December 2001 until June 2004.

On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act), which reopens the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. The Zadroga Act expanded the scope of the original VCF to enable more individuals who suffered physical injury or death as a result of the September 11th attacks to obtain compensation from the program.

The Fund is designed to provide a no-fault alternative to tort litigation...

Like the initial VCF, the Act provides that an individual who elects compensation from the VCF waives his or her rights to pursue litigation to seek damages for the physical injury or death resulting from the September 11th attacks.

The new VCF is being administered by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, who was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States.

1.2 Who is eligible for the new VCF? (Updated: October 2, 2012)

The Zadroga Act provides that individuals are eligible if they were present at the September 11th crash sites at the time of the crashes or between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, and suffered physical harm as a direct result of the crashes or debris removal. Personal representatives of those who died as a result of the crashes or debris removal are eligible to bring claims on behalf of the deceased individual.

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