Compensation for Personal Injury Victims|
|Award Payment Statistics
The Victim Compensation Fund periodically posts updates on the awards issued to claimants and beneficiaries. To maintain
the privacy of individual claimants and beneficiaries, the Fund will not list names or any other identifying information
that might easily lead to the identification of individuals who have received or been notified of awards.
Readers should understand that collateral source offsets vary greatly among claimants and can account for substantial
differences in awards for what appear to be similarly situated claimants. Claimants with questions about their particular
situations should contact the helpline at [removed].
Because Personal Injury claims are so different and their award determination is based on a variety of individual
circumstances, the Special Master cannot publish any standard methodology for the evaluation of such claims. However, the
Special Master has provided general guiding principles:
Claimants who have long-term injuries and/or disabilities should submit all certified medical records and all disability
evaluations performed by private doctors or institutions to the Special Master for review and consideration. Claimants
who are eligible for workers' compensation benefits should submit all documents related to that claim as well. In addition,
claimants who have injuries that could be the result of different events or causes independent of the events of 9/11 may
be required to submit certified medical records from examinations prior to 9/11.
- First, in the event that a Personal Injury claimant is totally and permanently disabled, the Fund will, in most cases,
calculate economic loss due to lost income using a presumed award methodology similar to that published for deceased
victims. The Special Master will not apply any deduction for consumption. Any compensation for the lost earnings will be
treated as a collateral source offset.
- Second, the non-economic award to Personal Injury claimants will be based on the nature, severity, and duration of the
injury. Claimants with less severe injuries that were resolved quickly should anticipate modest non-economic awards.
Claimants with severe, long-term injuries should anticipate more substantial awards for non-economic loss. The Special
Master anticipates that those victims who suffered severe burns will receive the largest non-economic awards. For those
who suffered the most severe burns and are likely to face permanent pain or disfigurement, non-economic losses could even
exceed the non-economic award for a deceased victim.
Personal Injury Award Statistics
(last updated January 28, 2005)
The Fund has issued awards for 2,682* Personal Injury claims. The awards are quite varied, reflecting the varied
nature of the injury, the recovery, the existence or lack of existence of a disability or incapacity, the long-term
prognosis, and the ongoing pain and suffering or lack thereof for each victim. To date, awards have ranged from a
low of $500* to a high of over $8.6 million* after offsets.
*These numbers will be updated periodically
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