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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Brian Levin | 10.6.2023

Your Right to Compensation Under the VCF

Millions of people were directly affected by the atrocities of September 11, 2001. The attacks across the country deeply impacted countless people, but none more so than those who lost loved ones or lived and worked near the crash sites. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act provides financial relief for all of those who suffered physical harm or lost a loved one from the attacks.

At Levin Law, P.A., our attorneys will assist you in filing a claim under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). We proudly represent the 9/11 community and will work tirelessly to ensure that all of those affected receive the compensation they deserve. 

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, lost a loved one, or suffered another kind of harm related to 9/11, contact Levin Law founder and managing attorney Brian Levin at (305) 402-9050 or via email at to schedule a free case evaluation.

What Is the Victims Compensation Fund?

The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund was funded in July 2019 by the “Never Forget the Heroes, James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” 

VCF1, the original VCF, was closed in 2004. However, in 2011, then-President Obama signed the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010” into law, which reactivated the fund. Under the Zadroga Act, the VCF was authorized to operate for a period of five years. In 2015, the Zadroga Act was reauthorized, extending the filing deadline to December 18, 2020, and increasing funding for the VCF to over $7 billion.

In 2019, it was determined that the money in the fund would be insufficient to pay all of the current and future VCF claims. As a result, H.R. 1327 was signed into law by then-President Trump, extending the filing deadline for all claims to October 1, 2090, and ensuring funding.

Who Qualifies for a Claim Under the VCF?

Many individuals qualify for compensation through the VCF. An attorney can help provide guidance on whether you meet the criteria necessary to file a claim. You must register with the VCF to be eligible.

Individuals who may qualify for a claim under the VCF include:

  • People who sustained a 9/11-related physical injury or condition certified under the World Trade Center Health Program or, in some cases, a private physician.
  • People who were present at one of the identified attack zones, who worked on trucks or barges containing WTC debris or in the Fresh Kills landfills, or who were within the New York City Exposure Zone. 
  • Personal representatives or legal guardians of someone who died as a result of 9/11.

It may be challenging to determine whether you meet the criteria without the help of an attorney. A lawyer will review your case and help decide the best course of action moving forward.

Contact Levin Law P.A. for a Free Case Evaluation

If you or your loved one suffered an adverse health condition as a result of the 9/11 attacks, you might be eligible for compensation through the VCF. Contact Levin Law founder and managing attorney Brian Levin at (305) 402-9050 or via email at to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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