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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (2015 Update)

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Produced on April 21, 2015

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$ 59 Personal Injury and Negligence In Stock

Course Information

Time 65 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was originally established by Congress on September 23, 2001, less than two weeks after the terrorist attacks. At that time, the Fund was primarily concerned with compensating victims of that tragic day and their families.


On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act), which authorized reopening of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The Zadroga Act expanded the scope of the original VCF to enable more individuals, including first responders, clean-up workers and area residents, who suffered physical injury (including cancer) or death as a result of the toxins associated with the World Trade Center cleanup to obtain compensation from the program. 


As the re-opened 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund approaches its fifth and final year in 2016, thousands of responders, workers, area residents, and their families are receiving much-needed financial awards for the pain, suffering, and lost wages caused by 9/11-related illnesses and injuries. The Fund has implemented many procedural changes and operational improvements since that have increased the eligible pool of claimants and the processing speed of claims.


For those affected by 9/11, it is important to understand how the Fund has evolved and explore the direction it is headed.  Join Troy Rosasco, a long time 9/11 victims attorney and Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law, as he explains the past, present, and future state of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.


Learning Objectives:

I.       Grasp how the reopened 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has progressed operationally and procedurally since its 2011 start date

II.      Understand the implications of past deadlines and those yet to come

III.     Explore and analyze the most recent statistics released by the Victim Compensation Fund

IV.     Consider the future of the Victim Compensation Fund in light of newly proposed legislation 

V.      Discuss concerns commonly presented by both current and prospective claimants



Troy G. Rosasco

Turley Hansen & Rosasco

Practice Areas

*9/11 Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund Claims

* Social Security Disability Claims

* Long Term Disability Claims

* Workers’ Compensation Claims

* New York State / New York City Retirement Disability Pensions

Troy G. Rosasco is one of the leading disability lawyers in the New York metropolitan region. His practice has spanned all areas of disability benefits law, including 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims, ERISA and Private Long Term disability claims, Social Security Disability claims, Workers' Compensation claims, Civil Service Disability pensions and Construction Site Accidents.

One of Mr. Rosasco's unique qualities is his experience coordinating and strategizing different claims in order to protect and maximize all benefits for the injured or disabled client. With a combination of compassion, experience, and aggressive advocacy, he has prosecuted literally thousands of disability claims and collected multi-millions of dollars for clients over his twenty year career.

A frequent author, lecturer, and expert witness, Mr. Rosasco is the New York Disability Law Blog, a website providing information and commentary for injured and disabled workers.


J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 1989

  -President, Labor & Employment Law Society

B.S., Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1985

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

 New York Injured Workers' Bar Association

-Executive Board Member: 2005 – Present

National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives

-Board of Directors: 2007 -Present

Nassau County Bar Association

Member Since: 1990

Board of Directors, 2005 - 2008

Chair, Workers'Compensation Law Committee, 1999 - 2001

American Trial Lawyers' Association

Queens County Bar Association 

Featured Cases

Brown vs. Commissioner of Social Security, 174 F. 3d 128 (2d. Cir. 1999)

Featured Pro Bono Activities

Nassau County Volunteer Lawyers Project

-Assisted disabled children in Special Education matters before local school districts.

Representative Clients

Injured and disabled workers throughout the New York metropolitan region, including New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island.


English, Spanish


Jane C.

Enjoyed the information very much.

John P.

Outstanding. I knew very little about this and it was easy to follow and very informative. Best slides on a lawline I have seen so far. Very interesting speaker obviously something he cares about.

Mary Beth M.

Excellent program! I represent clients at VCF hearings & I found this program on point, informative & helpful.

Judith P.

Mr. Rosasco was clear, concise, and informative.

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