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New York Times, October 3, 2011

Registration Begins for 9/11 Health Compensation Fund

By Anemona Hartocollis

The federal government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund began taking registrations Monday from people who believe they were physically harmed by the terrorist attacks and who are seeking financial compensation…The next and perhaps trickiest step will be for people who register to prove that they were actually present in the attack areas during the period covered by the fund – Sept. 11, 2001, to May 30, 2002 – and that they suffered physical harm as a direct result of the attacks.…Ms. [Sheila] Birnbaum said that she was trying to make the process easy enough to be followed without the help of a lawyer. But she said that for those who felt more comfortable using a lawyer, she was trying to recruit lawyers from the New York City Bar Association and elsewhere to serve without charge.

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