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June 15, 2013

Deadline nears for claims to marathon fund

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Biros said The One Fund will be “flexible” with people who come forward with a serious claim after the deadline. She added there’s been such extensive outreach about the fund she’s confident everyone who was injured knows about it.

She said extending the deadline would only delay the disbursement of funds for those with acute needs, such as mounting bills or home modifications.

Pete DiMartino, who absorbed major amounts of shrapnel and had his right Achilles tendon almost completely severed in the bombings, said he sent in the three-page application last week and it wasn’t burdensome or traumatic.

“I think that I was able to kind of talk everything out, as far as mentally goes,” said the 28-year-old bartender from Webster, N.Y. “(The application) wasn’t that much of a problem.”

Carol Downing’s daughter, Erika Brannock, lost most of her left leg in the bombings and remains at a rehabilitation hospital in Maryland. Downing said she worries that her daughter’s condition could worsen after the money is given out.

“We still don’t know that they’re going to be able to salvage the one leg that she has, which would put her in a totally different category,” said Downing, of Monkton, Md.

The size of The One Fund awards will be based on the severity of an injury, and some who were injured may not get money, depending on how Feinberg divides the funds.

Relatives of those who died, or victims with double amputations or permanent brain damage, will receive the most money. Next are those with single amputations, following by those injured severely enough to require an overnight hospital stay. Those treated and released without an overnight stay are next.

Feinberg has warned that despite its impressive total, The One Fund won’t be nearly large enough to fully compensate those who were hurt.

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