In the days following the bomb blasts at the 2013 Boston Marathon, The One Fund was created to provide some financial assistance to those who were injured. Donors wanting to contribute were given a June 15 deadline.
In the two months following the terrible events of April 15, nearly $46 million was raised. Along with contributions by businesses and foundations, private citizens and other groups participated. For instance, 10 teenaged girls from Watertown High School arranged a cookout and fair that raised $10,000 for the fund. An eclectic roster of rock stars performed for more than five hours at the sold-out Boston Strong concert that brought in $1.5 million.
June 15 is also the deadline for filing a claim, and then Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the fund, will have the unenviable responsibility of dividing the funds available in a fair manner. The severest injuries with the most serious long-term effects, such as limb amputations, should merit larger sums. Many people only sought medical attention days after the blasts when they realized they had hearing problems, such as ringing or buzzing.
Although anyone who was injured in the blast is eligible to apply for compensation from The One Fund, some people may not qualify, including those who have sought treatment for emotional or psychological distress. Attorney General Martha Coakley is hoping to make money from the Massachusetts Victim Compensation Fund available to this population.
Anyone wondering whether they should apply for compensation for an injury sustained in the Boston Marathon blast should speak with a personal injury lawyer about the available options.
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