How Much Did Each Victim Receive Through the VCF Fund?

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After the initial 9/11 victim count of 3,000 deceased victims and 6,000 injured ones, the numbers have increased to around 10,000 people that have been diagnosed with cancer or died from it.

While providing victim compensation for so many survivors and first responders may take some time and require a bigger budget, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill was passed almost unanimously and welcomed by the general public.

In this article, DoNotPay finds the answer to the question many people ask—how much did each victim receive through the VCF Fund?

What Is the Victim Compensation Fund?

The federal government needed a way to avoid lawsuits against airline companies involved in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. By creating the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act managed to get victims to agree not to file any lawsuits in exchange for monetary compensation.

The Victim Compensation Fund has a long history with several reauthorizations. The VCF endured many reenactments and improvements of 9/11 victim compensation bills, such as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

While the VCF was established to avoid potential lawsuits, its main goal now is to reimburse the Twin Towers attack victims and their families for the 9/11-related deaths and injuries.

Until 2019, the Victim Compensation Fund was temporarily funded. In July of 2019, the Senate passed the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, extending the Fund and giving it permanent funding.

Who Is Eligible for Victim Compensation Awards?

Before reauthorization and expanded budget, the Victim Compensation Fund had already spent more than $7 billion compensating more than 2,500 surviving victims and nearly 3,000 deceased victims’ family members.

The 9/11 attack victims are all individuals and first responders present anywhere in the New York City Exposure Zone—including World Trade Center and the debris removal sites—in any period from September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002.

Not everyone can file a claim with the VCF. Here is who qualifies:

  • Individuals who suffered direct injuries from the attack or developed attack-related illnesses
  • Family members of people who died during 9/11 or from cancer or other illness caused by the attack
  • Personal representatives of incapable surviving victims

If you believe you or your family member qualify for 9/11 victim compensation, here is what the VCF requires you to do:

  1. Register with the Victim Compensation Fund before the deadline according to your case
  2. File a claim with the VCF before October 1, 2090
  3. Withdraw or settle any lawsuit regarding the World Trade Center attack
  4. Prove that you were present in the New York City Exposure Zone
  5. Get certified for treatment by the World Trade Center Health Program for any 9/11 attack-related injury or illness
  6. Prove that your illness considerably worsened, in case you have already received compensation from the VCF
  7. Show proof of the lawful authority if you’re filing a claim on someone else’s behalf

Everything You Need To Know About the Victim Compensation Fund Payouts

According to the Eighth Annual Status Report, in 2019, the VCF made victim compensation payouts to nearly 26,000 claimants in the amount of $6 billion.

Check the following table to see the payout amounts per claimant category in that fiscal year:

Claimant CategoryNumber of Awarded ClaimantsPayout Amount
First Responder—New York18,213$4,273,923,287
Non-Responder NYC—Other Capacity3,551$888,702,178
Non-Responder NYC—Cleaning and Maintenance732$94,006,674
Resident Within NYC Exposure Zone632$141,524,390
No Response410$75,241,165
NYC—Other Capacity215$58,116,927
First Responder—Pentagon36$11,059,484

What Is the Average Compensation for 9/11 Victims?

In the first years of the Victim Compensation Fund, compensation for personal injury claims ranged from $500 to $8,6 million. For death claims, the average compensation was $2,082,128.

From the VCF’s reauthorization, the Fund has approved more than 50,000 claims, with more than 16,000 still in the process of getting compensation.

The lowest compensation amount was $87.02.

Apply for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Payouts With DoNotPay

The world’s best virtual assistant enables you to file claims with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund in no time! We will help you avoid all the hassle and do the grunt work for you.

from a web browser and follow these steps:

  1. Open the Compensation for Crime Victims product
  2. Specify if you’re the victim or your family member got injured or died in the attack
  3. Answer a set of questions to help us understand your case and the expenses you need to cover
  4. Confirm the information with the signature

We will immediately process the information you give us and file a claim with the Victim Compensation Fund.

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