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VA Has Seen Significant Amount of Litigation Since 9/11

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VA Has Seen Significant Amount of Litigation Since 9/11

The years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have been turbulent for the Department of Veterans Affairs. As of early 2014, the VA has paid out more than $200 million to settle approximately 1,000 wrongful death cases, according to information from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The types of cases that the VA… Read More »

New Memorial Well to Honor 9/11 Victims

Wells of Life, a nonprofit organization that is known for providing clean and safe water to the children and families of Uganda, recently announced that it has completed work on the first-ever clean water well to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The well, located in the Katakwi District of Uganda, is now… Read More »

Retired Police Officer to Receive Enhanced Pension After Working at Ground Zero

A retired police officer from New York has been battling for five years to receive an enhanced disability pension to help treat his fibromyalgia, which she developed after long-term exposure to a variety of toxins at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Now, the Appellate Division in Manhattan has finally ruled that… Read More »

More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9-11 EMS Responders

According to a study published in the journal, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, when tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS workers who didn’t work that day. And the risk of obstructive airway disease was more than doubled in EMS… Read More »

Court Rules 9/11 First Responder Can Keep PTSD Workers’ Comp Benefits

A New York appellate court recently ruled that a New York police officer will be allowed to keep workers’ compensation benefits he was awarded for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder from working as a responder after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At the time of the attacks, the officer, Richard Regan, was sent for six days… Read More »

Firefighters More Susceptible to Cancer than Most

There are many inherent dangers to being a firefighter. Burns, falling beams, collapsing structures and inhalation of smoke and fumes are all common dangers that they must face and overcome. Some dangers of the position lie hidden for years, however. There is a lot of research that suggests that firefighters are more susceptible to cancer… Read More »

Advocates Applaud Bipartisan Push to Renew Zadroga 9/11 Health Law

Attorney Michael Barasch in front row listening to Senators Gillibrand and Schumer andCongressmen Nadler, King and Maloney, as they introduced a bill extendingthe Act. -Senators, Members of Congress from Both Sides of the Aisle Unite to Continue Health Care & Compensation for 9/11 Heroes & Heroines- -Michael Barasch attends press conference in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C…. Read More »

Re-Authorization of The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act has Bi-Partisan Support

In 2011, Congress passed the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act, which established a program within the Department of Health and Human Services to provide medical monitoring and treatment benefits to workers who responded to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It also provided initial health evaluations, monitoring and treatment benefits to residents,… Read More »

Inspirational Art Arrives in the World Trade Center

When the new World Trade Center commissioned artists to come in and bring some life to the new facility, they instructed them to make the artwork “unifying.” While the art doesn’t specifically depict the history of the site, there was an understanding among all of the artists that it would always be in the background… Read More »

Attorney Michael Barasch Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article about 9/11 Compensation Fund

On April 8th, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Fund to Give More Than $1 Billion to Ailing Sept. 11 Workers.” In the article, writer Derek Kravitz discusses the congressional fund that was created to compensate first responders and workers who have suffered health complications due to inhaling toxic substances during the September… Read More »

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