Frequently Asked Questions

The Lawsuit and Your Rights

Q:     What is this lawsuit?

A:     This lawsuit is against Saudi Arabia as a state sponsor of terrorism for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Our litigation acts on a recent law enacted by the United States Congress that permits victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to seek justice, monetary compensation, and to hold any foreign state accountable for an act of international terrorism. Claims will be filed in United States Federal District Court against Saudi Arabia as a state sponsor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Q:     What are my rights?

A:     Anyone who was physically or emotionally injured as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks can join this lawsuit against Saudi Arabia. This includes those exposed to Ground Zero dust or other harmful conditions.

Any US national who suffered an injury as a direct result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are victims of the attacks and have a right to sue for monetary compensation.

Victims include individuals who worked or lived in lower Manhattan or other 9/11 site. First responders such as fire, police, EMS and cleanup personnel, construction workers, utility workers (Con Ed, Verizon, etc) on the pile who suffered injuries while in the course and scope of their duties at the attack sites are also eligible.

Q:     Why has this lawsuit started now? What took so long?

A:     Recent legislation passed permits this lawsuit to initiate.

Since the founding of our nation, the laws of the United States have recognized the concept of Sovereign Immunity, a centuries old legal tradition that bars legal actions against sovereign nations, such as Saudi Arabia.  In 2014, members of Congress proposed a law providing an exception to Sovereign Immunity.  The proposed law, known as The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), authorizes civil actions to be filed against sovereign nations for their involvement in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  JASTA was finally enacted into Public Law by Congress over President Obama’s veto in September 2016.  JASTA is the vehicle for US nationals injured as a result of the of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack to file claims against Saudi Arabia which were previously barred.


Your Injuries

Q:     What injuries may I have to enter this lawsuit?

A:     Any medical condition that developed from your presence at or near Ground Zero or other 9/11 site may be considered. This includes exposure to Ground Zero dust, bodily injury, mental and/or emotional illness.

Conditions include asthma or any breathing disorder or respiratory condition, many cancers, any chronic sinus or upper respiratory condition, acid reflux or GERD, any neurological condition, any skin condition, any auto immune disease, death, or any other condition that you suspect could be related, we will consider the case.


Family Members

Q:     Can family members of victims enter the lawsuit for their emotional distress?

A:     Yes. The spouse, children, siblings, and parents of the victim can all enter this lawsuit.

In terrorism claims, injuries suffered by the victim may have radiating effects on their loved ones. We are filing solatium claims (intentional infliction of emotional distress) in this litigation, where the victim’s mother, father, spouse, brother, sister, children, and estate of the victim (if applicable) are each able to submit separate claims.


Attorney Fees

Q:     Do I have to pay any upfront attorneys fees or expenses?

A:     Each claimant has the choice to retain our legal services with no upfront cost or legal fees unless and until that client receives financial recovery. If no recovery is received, you will not owe anything.


Compensation from other resources

Q:     What if I already collected compensation from suing the City?

A:     We can still represent you.

Funds or credits collected from suing the City will be deducted from any monetary compensation collected from this litigation.

Q:     What if I already collected compensation from other means?

A:     We can still represent you.

Funds or credits collected from any means may be subject to subrogation, where those funds may need to be paid back. Subrogation is dependent on many factors and may not be applicable in all cases. An evaluation of any 9/11 related financial disbursements will need to be discussed with us.


Submitting your claim

Q:     How do I submit my claim?

A:     Victims and their family members must submit individual claims and sign various documents to be considered in the litigation.

Registering your claim with our lawsuit can be initiated by the completion of an online claim form, by phone, or U.S. Mail. Once your claim has been received, you will be notified via email, phone, or U.S. Mail. Claims must be approved by our attorneys and signed by the claimant before the claim is submitted into the lawsuit.

Q:     I received a letter from my attorney. How do I register my claim?

A:     Enter your personalized numerical mailing code provided in your correspondence at the top of this website. You will be sent to the claim form. Be sure to include your Victim Family Number (VFN).

 

Q:     What if I do not speak with my relative who was a victim at 9/11? Can I still submit a claim?

A:     Yes. Please use your VFN when registering an individual family member claim online.

If you do not have a VFN or are unable to retrieve your VFN from the victim, contact us at info@911victimslawsuit.com or call us toll-free at 800-555-4565 to speak with a representative.

Q:     Who will be handling my claim?

A:     Your claim will be managed by The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP and The Miller Firm, LLC.

If you had a 9/11 attorney for a previous matter and were directed to this site, then your previous attorney/firm is working with The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP and The Miller Firm, LLC as co-counsel for this litigation.

The Rothenberg Law Firm successfully litigated the first case of state-sponsored terrorism under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act for an incident that took place on American soil.  They also assembled the litigation and lobbying team which succeeded in recovering approximately $2 billion for U.S. servicemen killed and injured in the 1983 barracks bombings in Beirut, Lebanon.  This is in addition to representing American citizens killed in numerous other state sponsored terror attacks.

The Miller Firm and The Rothenberg Law Firm worked together in securing the monumental judgment of $8.7 billion on behalf of U.S. nationals killed or injured in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, and have successfully worked together for other victims of state sponsored terrorism as well.


Victim Family Number (VFN)

Q:     What is a Victim Family Number (VFN)?

A:     Your VFN is provided to you in the correspondence from your attorney and must be entered into the claim form where prompted.

Your VFN is a unique identifier that provides us with the ability to efficiently track and service you and your family’s claim.

 

Q:     What if I misplaced Victim Family Number (VFN)?

A:     If you received correspondence form your attorney with a VFN and misplaced the number, please contact us at info@911victimslawsuit.com or call us toll-free at 800-555-4565 to speak with a representative.

Q:     What if I mistakenly entered my VFN in my claim registration?

A:     Contact us at info@911victimslawsuit.com or call us toll-free at 800-555-4565 to speak with a representative.


Common Questions

Q:     How do I check the status of my claim and this lawsuit?

A:     Updates and new information will be sent to claimants via email periodically.

 

Q:     What if I did not receive correspondence from my previous 9/11 attorney directing me to this website?

A:     Click the “Submit your 9/11 claim” button located on the top of this page. Follow the instructions from there.

 

Q:     Who do I contact to update my information?

A:     Contact us at info@911victimslawsuit.com or call us toll-free at 800-555-4565 to speak with a representative.

 

Q:     Can my attorney from a previous 9/11 claim represent me in this lawsuit?

A:     Potentially.

Please be aware that even if you had an attorney representing your interests in 9/11-related insurance claims, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Zadroga Fund, or any other 9/11 matter, you cannot assume your previous attorney client agreement carries over to this new litigation. You may need to resign with your attorney on this matter or select other counsel. Contact us to determine the next steps.

In fact, you may have been directed to this website through correspondence from your previous 9/11 attorney.

Q:     What if I already retained an attorney for this lawsuit against Saudi Arabia?

A:     If you have retained an attorney explicitly for this litigation against Saudi Arabia, you should remain with them. If this attorney previously represented you from a previous 9/11 claim, please read the previous question “Can my attorney from a previous 9/11 claim represent me in this lawsuit” above.

Obtaining legal counsel for any lawsuit is beneficial. If you have retained an attorney for this litigation of state sponsored terrorism, you should remain with them. If you are not currently represented, we welcome your inquiry.

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