Dedicated New York Attorneys for Victims with Post 9/11 Illnesses
Putting the Zadroga Act to work to set things right for WTC attack victims and their families
More than a decade after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 shocked the world, many rescue and recovery personnel and Lower Manhattan workers and residents who were exposed to toxins from the World Trade Center site are still living a nightmare. Every day, Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C. observes how cancer, respiratory disorders and other disabling and deadly diseases linked to the exposure continue to devastate families.
With our downtown office located near City Hall, just a few short blocks from the site, our lawyers and staff acutely felt the impact of the tragedy. We continue to do so with every post-9/11 victim we help.
Who we help
Prior to the attacks, our law firm routinely represented New York City firefighters injured in the line of duty and advocated for their rights. After 9/11, our practice naturally expanded to help all those affected by the attacks in the days and months afterward:
World Trade Center first responders, including:
- Firefighters, police officers and EMTs
- Construction workers
- Out-of-state responders
- Lower Manhattan workers and residents
We have been extensively involved in advocating for WTC victims’ rights and regularly consult with the Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the Department of Justice, which administers the VCF.
Zadroga Act benefits
We represented James Zadroga, an NYPD detective who developed severe respiratory illness as a result of his exposure to dust and toxins at the World Trade Center site. His death eventually persuaded Congress to pass the the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in late 2010. The law reopened the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides benefits to people whose injuries and illnesses resulted from exposure to WTC dust and debris. The Act also provides ongoing health treatment for those sickened by the toxins. The law has been recently updated to include compensation and medical treatment for more than 70 cancers linked to the toxic dust. We invite you to learn more about the history of the James Zadroga Act, H.R. 847.
Driven by compassion and duty
No other law firm in the country has recovered more money from the Victim Compensation Fund through WTC settlement agreements on behalf of its injured clients than Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C.
But we view our mission as more than just getting you and your family the compensation you need. Each attorney at our firm is committed to helping you receive the health screenings and benefits you require. When you contact us to learn more about the illnesses covered by the Zadroga Act and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, we also help you determine the medical benefits for which you qualify and where to seek treatment.
Deadlines and help with the application
While the deadline to apply to the VCF for most known respiratory illnesses has passed, there is still time to apply if you have been diagnosed with any of the WTC-related cancers or if your diagnosis was after October 3, 2011. Please call us for a free consultation.
Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C. helps set things right
At Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C., we provide hope. Please contact us online or call 888.351.9421 to discuss your case with a lawyer who understands your situation and the law.
Trust us to help. You have nothing to risk and so much to gain. We offer free initial consultations and do not charge you anything until you receive a settlement from the Victim Compensation Fund. Our fees never exceed 10 percent of your settlement.
We assist injured clients from all over the country, including retired FDNY members and NYPD officers who have since moved away from New York. If you do not live near New York City or are unable to travel, we arrange your first, free consultation by telephone.