Still Fighting for the Victims of 911

Still Fighting for the Victims of 911

By Burg Simpson
March 3, 2020
4 min read

Fighting for the Victims of 911

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was created by an Act of Congress to provide compensation for individuals who suffered physical harm or were killed as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  The VCF also provides compensation for individuals who participated in the debris removal efforts that took place in the aftermath of the attacks. Jake Burg recently obtained compensation for a husband and wife who volunteered their time through the Red Cross to render aid near Ground Zero in the wake of the attacks at the World Trade Center.

In April of 2013, doctors confirmed that the husband had contacted Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis because of his service at Ground Zero. After spending almost two months in the hospital, he was given 6 months to a year to live and was sent home under hospice care.

A family member recommended Burg Simpson and the husband and his wife contacted the firm in 2014. Jake Burg and the team at Burg Simpson volunteered their time to prepare and submit a claim for compensation with the VCF on the husband’s behalf. Sadly, in 2017, the husband passed away from his lung condition. This required that Jake file a new claim with the VCF and start the VCF claims process over with the wife serving as a personal representative for her husband’s estate. Despite this obstacle, Jake Burg and the Burg Simpson team kept moving forward and were ultimately able to obtain compensation through the VCF. Jake Burg and Burg Simpson are so proud to have the privilege of representing and obtaining compensation for a husband and wife who selflessly volunteered their time and risked their lives to assist near Ground Zero in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

When Jake reached a resolution with the VCF his client stated:

“Working with Jacob Burg was the best thing that could have happened. He handled countless details and worked diligently to move the claim forward through each of the many steps mandated by the U.S. government. After my husband passed away, Jake kept in close contact with me and responded quickly to my questions and requests for information.
 It was my husband’s wish that I see this case through to the conclusion, and in 2018, we finally reached a resolution. Without Jake Burg, I would still be waiting for a resolution. Jake fought for us and he never gave up.”

 About Jake Burg

 Jake Burg and the Burg Simpson team is committed to providing pro bono legal services to deserving causes. Burg Simpson is proud to participate in the Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Program, and the firm received the Colorado Supreme Court Pro-Bono Recognition Program Seal of Approval for committing to an annual goal of at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services performed by the firm’s Colorado-licensed attorneys.

Mr. Burg’s practice is focused on personal injury litigation. Mr. Burg obtained his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While at the University of Denver, Mr. Burg served as the Vice President of the Student Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Burg is currently a member of the Craig Hospital PUSH event planning committee. Craig Hospital is a Denver-based hospital that is world-renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Mr. Burg is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration Committee.

Prior to joining Burg Simpson, Mr. Burg served as a legal intern for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Office of Legal Counsel. Mr. Burg obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan (2011). While attending the University of Michigan, Mr. Burg interned in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Mark Udall and served as a finance intern for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee.

Jacob Burg was selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Law Week Colorado in 2018 and was named a shareholder of the firm in 2019.


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