January 2020

Page A10 JANUARY 2020 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A 8CRD 8PTA2 8GU 8NF 8CLT 8QOH 8PRD 8HVN There is a Better Way to handle your funeral home communications 1-800-868-9950 myASD.com coverage that these fami- lies, many who struggle due to the loss, still don’t know their absolute right to receive financial sup- port from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund,” said Daniel Hansen, of Turley, Hansen & Rosasco. “This is not just a New York issue, it affects many people that lived, worked and went to school in lower Manhat- tan following 9/11 that may have moved across the country and only now are developing illnesses as a re- sult of their exposure to the toxic dust. It’s not just for first responders, so there is a very large number of eligible people across the country that may not be aware that they qualify for these benefits.” Currently there is a 2-year window from the date of death to file for wrongful death compensation claim which includes the funer- al compensation cost. Ac- cording to attorneys at Turley Hansen & Rosas- co, there are claimants who filed and are appealing the decision hoping to get spe- cial dispensation because they had relatives die from 9/11 related illness and did not know they were eligi- ble to file a claim and re- ceive compensation at the time. “We have many clients that missed this deadline, because they did not know that a cancer (or other death causing disease) was 9/11 re- lated, did not know that the VCF applies to non-first re- sponders (survivors — stu- dents, downtown workers and residents) or were whol- ly unaware of the VCF pro- gram until the recent news — when it was too late,” said Hansen. “Fewer than 1,200 families have applied for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Funeral Home Owners can Make Families Aware of Reimbursements Available from the September 11 th Victim Compensation Fund www.nomi s publ i cat i ons . com NEW YORK,NY— According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Of- fice, about 410,000 people were exposed to the 9/11 re- lated toxic dust released into the air in lower Manhattan in the area surrounding the World Trade Center site. An estimated 67,000 of those 410,000 exposed people have died since 2001. Out of the 67,000 exposed people who have died in that time, only 1,173 fami- lies have filed wrongful death claims (which include fu- neral and burial expense re- imbursement claims) with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) (less than 2% of all 9/11 ex- posed people who have died since 2001), according to a recently released report by the VCF Special Master. “It’s amazing that after so many years and so much news Continued on Page A18