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9/11 Illness Is Second Most Common Cause of NYPD Line-of-Duty Death

Although law enforcement on Manhattan Island began with Dutch settlers in 1625, the New York City Police Department as an entity dates back to 1845. In the 170 years of its existence, thousands of men and women have served honorably in the rank and file of the NYPD, facing numerous dangers. Yet, the greatest historical […]

Senator Ted Cruz Hypocritical — Falsely Claims to be “Champion of Firefighters and Police Officers”

As a rule, lawyers should stay out of politics. So—we would never suggest who someone should vote for. However, when we hear something said that isn’t true, we feel a moral obligation to set the record straight. Following his victory at the Iowa caucus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addressed a room of supporters to celebrate […]

Did 9/11 Create a Mesothelioma Time Bomb?

More than 70,000 patients — survivors of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, first responders and rescue/recovery workers — have enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program and more than 21,000 are receiving treatment specifically for 9/11-related illnesses. According to USA Today, there are now more than 2,600 WTC Health Program patients […]

Michael Barasch Pushing for Neuropathy Coverage for 9/11 Responders’ Coverage Under Zadroga Act

Michael Barasch, the attorney for the late James Zadroga, as well as thousands of other WTC survivors, applauded the on-going study being done at Winthrop University Medical Center. An analysis of WTC dust has revealed toxins that researchers have linked to a 15x increase in diagnoses of neuropathy. Those diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy report symptoms […]

Winthrop-University Docs Say Neuropathy Caused by 9/11 Dust; Should Be Covered by Zadroga Act

  Michael Barasch was asked to speak at the press conference held at Winthrop Hospital Medical Center. Surrounded by several clients who were 9/11 first responders –who now suffer from neuropathy — as well as 9/11 activist John Feal of the Feal Good Foundation, Barasch spoke of the need to add neuropathy to the list […]

State to Pick Tab for Benefits of Ground Zero Volunteers

Workmen and heavy machinery operate at the Ground Zero site in May 2002. Photo: Reuters Michael Barasch, whose law firm represents nearly 10,000 first responders, including scores of people who volunteered at Ground Zero, applauded the news. Barasch said “thank goodness the State of NY is doing its part to provide medical coverage for these […]

ASPCA Officer with Terminal 9/11-Related Cancer Dies Four Days After State Judge Denies Her Workers’ Comp Claim

Diane DiGiacomo, an ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officer who spent months saving animals abandoned near Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks, died on November 20, at age 52, of breast cancer.  Her death came four days after a state judge denied her workers’ comp claim for 9/11-related cancer, according to the New York Daily News. […]

Mayor de Blasio gives retired firefighter with renal cancer, a dedicated Zadroga Act crusader, the key to the city

“The key to the city was made for people like Ray Pfeifer,” de Blasio said to a standing ovation from the police, firefighters, elected officials and families of fellow first responders that packed the room. PHOTO: KEVIN C. DOWNS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Mike Barasch, the attorney for the Zadroga family as well as thousands […]

FDNY Adds Names of 5 EMS Workers and 16 Firefighters to WTC Memorial

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services has reported that on Tuesday, September 8, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro added the names of 21 members who died of 9/11-related illnesses during the past year to the World Trade Center Memorial Wall at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn. Five of the individuals honored were EMS workers: EMS Lieutenant […]

Is There a 9/11 Mesothelioma Epidemic in our Future?

Mesothelioma, a gruesome form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, is one of the many illnesses for which the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act provides benefits and compensation. Fourteen years after the terrorist attacks, more than 1,100 people have been certified to receive cancer treatment under the WTC Health Program, and […]


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