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World Trade Center Assistance

Workers and Others Impacted by the World Trade Center Attacks

Workers and volunteers who performed rescue, recovery and clean-up at the World Trade Center and other impacted sites due to the terror attacks of 9/11 are eligible for benefits for medical care, economic loss or lost wages if they were injured or became ill as a result of that duty. Several systems are available to World Trade Center workers and responders, depending on their employer or role in rescue, recovery and clean-up operations. People who were not at work but whose health or economic well-being may have suffered are also eligible for help. See below for the different programs available.

Resources for Workers

World Trade Center Health Program

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTC HP) was established as a result of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The World Trade Center Health Program offers services at no cost to World Trade Center workers, responders and survivors to help with medical and mental health conditions related to certified WTC-related health conditions. This includes anyone receiving workers' compensation, anyone receiving line-of-duty benefits, and anyone else who was not at work but who was injured or made ill.

WTC HP medical providers have specialized expertise in the monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of WTC-related physical and mental health conditions.

The program provides care at Clinical Centers of Excellence locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. A National Provider Network has been established to provide care to WTC responders and WTC survivors who live outside of the NY metropolitan area.

If you were impacted by events at the World Trade Center, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program.

More information is available at:

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation to individuals who suffered physical harm or the personal representative of a deceased individual who was killed as a result of terror attacks of September 11, 2001. This includes people who participated in the rescue, recovery, and clean-up that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is a federal program currently funded by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

You may submit claims to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until December 18, 2020.

Information regarding eligibility and claims is available on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund website Link to External Website , or by calling the VCF help line at 1-855-885-1555

World Trade Center Volunteer Fund

The World Trade Center Volunteer Fund (WTC VF) was established in 2002 to provide benefits to volunteers who incurred lost wages and/or health related problems due to their volunteer work in the WTC rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts.

Normally, unpaid volunteers are ineligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, the NY Workers' Compensation Law was amended to provide coverage for WTC volunteers.

The WTC Volunteer Fund is administered by the Workers' Compensation Board and is now funded by New York State.

Preserve Your Rights - WTC Registry

If you participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center (WTC), your service needs to be registered with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. This registration will preserve your right to future benefits, should you ever need them. Governor Cuomo and the Legislature passed legislation extending the deadline to register your service until September 11, 2018.

Eligibility

You should file a WTC-12 form whether you were injured or not, and whether you were paid or volunteered between September 11, 2001, and September 12, 2002, at the following locations: Ground Zero; Fresh Kills Landfill; the barges; the piers; and the morgues.

How to Apply

Complete Registration of Participation in World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and/or Cleanup Operations: Sworn Statement Pursuant to WCL 162 (Form WTC-12) adobe pdf    translated versions available

Call (877) 632-4996 for more information.

File a Claim

Paid Workers

Paid rescue, recovery and clean-up workers whose employers participate in the New York State workers' compensation system can file a workers' compensation claim for medical care and lost wage benefits.

Volunteers

Volunteers who performed rescue, recovery and clean-up are eligible for benefits through the World Trade Center Volunteer Fund.