$1,698,525 AWARD – 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Our client, the representative of a deceased  9-11 hero, was awarded $1,698,525 after The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) reviewed her claim for compensation. “The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) was created to provide compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes.”- WCF.org. Our client’s award was calculated based on a number of factors, including lost earnings and benefits, offsets applicable to lost earnings and benefits, economic losses and non-economic losses. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein and co-counsel. Due to toxic exposure following the building’s collapsing, our client contracted the following conditions which are eligible for an award: Malignant Neoplasm of Thoracic Esophagus and Related Physical Conditions; Embolism and Thrombosis of Unspecified Site; Esophageal Reflux; Inci Hernia Without Mention Obstruction/gangrene.Andrew Finkelstein has been an advocate for victims of 9/11 and their families since the attacks occurred. Following the attacks, Mr. Finkelstein went to work immediately, helping with the initial structuring of TLC. “We designated captains in each region, of which I was one,” he says. “And each captain would go to the attorneys who volunteered their services and call them and ask them if they could handle this particular matter.” Mr. Finkelstein also took on cases for the organization, representing the families of two men who lost their lives. “One was a New Jersey gentleman, a 35-year-old married man with no children,” Finkelstein says. “He was an IT consultant, up on the 96th floor of World Trade Center 1. The plane struck 10 floors below where he was, and his body was never recovered.” Finkelstein recovered almost $3.7 million for the man’s widow and parents.

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