The federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has for the first time paid out cash awards for cancer.
Two claimants — one with bladder cancer, one with urinary-tract cancer — will receive “substantial amounts,” with one award exceeding $1 million, VCF special master Sheila Birnbaum told The Post.
“They are only the first. There are going to be many more,” Birnbaum said.
At least 1,000 cancer claims are in the pipeline, she added.
Claimants receive only 10 percent immediately, with the rest expected to be paid out in 2016.
After the controversial passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the VCF reopened in October 2011 with $2.7 billion for economic compensation and $1.5 billion for treatment....