WASHINGTON – Ninety-eight percent of the families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks have applied for federal compensation, the special master of a government fund said Friday.
Kenneth Feinberg (search) said 2,925 families have applied. The official death count was 2,976.
Families of 30 victims have taken no action, and the remainder are litigating their claims in federal court, said Feinberg, who spoke at the Justice Department after receiving a medal for his efforts from Attorney General John Ashcroft (search).
Feinberg, who worked without compensation, said some 4,300 injury claims have been filed for the fund's tax-free awards. Amounts awarded were between $500 and $7.8 million. The highest award went to a burn victim.
Feinberg estimated that $5 billion eventually would be paid from the fund.
He said the program was successful "because families realized this was no trick, no hidden effort to hide anything. It was a generous, compassionate effort of the United States to reach out (to victims)."