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NIOSH Study Finds High Rate of Neuropathy in WTC Survivors

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine recently published a study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) finding that WTC survivors are at a greater risk for neuropathy symptoms than are Type 1 diabetics. This study reinforces the recent findings of related experiments by doctors at Long Island’s prestigious Winthrop University […]

Retired NYPD Cop and 9/11 Survivor Blasts Sen. Ted Cruz

A former NYPD officer who was forced to retire due to 9/11-related cancer has written a scathing Op-Ed for the New York Daily News, taking Sen. Ted Cruz to task for what he regards as hypocritical statements about law enforcement. In a post dated February 2, 2016, Fred Krines writes: “[Cruz] can’t call himself a […]

World Trade Center Firefighters Needing Sinus Surgery Had More Intense, Longer Exposure to Caustic Dust and Have Higher Eosinophil Levels

Sinuses as seen through medical imaging. Credit: ATS Michael Barasch commented on an article that appeared in the April, 2016 “American Thoracic Society” regarding firefighters who were exposed to the WTC toxic dust: “Not surprisingly, there is now empirical evidence that firefighters who responded in the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster […]

Retired 9/11 Cop Being Sued for Refusing to Pay $500K Fee

A former NYPD cop is being sued be a company who gave him an advance on a settlement he received for injuries sustained working 9/11 and ground zero. MICHAEL IP/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NES Barasch & McGarry was sued this week for standing up to a lending company that is demanding 66% interest on a […]

Doctor on Trail of Neuropathy Finds Source in WTC Dust

We’ve reported several times recently on studies linking peripheral neuropathy to the dust of Ground Zero. A recent column on the website for the civil service employees’ weekly newspaper, The Chief, gave further details about how a doctor’s observations of 9/11-related illness in patients led to the experiments that strongly suggest a link. For years, […]

Justice Department Compensation Fund to Be Split Between 9/11 Responders and Iran Embassy Hostages

The omnibus spending bill Congress passed in December 2015 and President Obama signed included a provision years in the making: $4.4 million in compensation for each American hostage held captive in Iran 35 years ago. The 52 Americans were stationed at the American Embassy in Tehran when Iranian students stormed the building in 1979. The […]

Warning: The dirty little secret that your auto insurance company doesn’t want you to know

I want to share a hard lesson learned by one of my clients, Brian, who sustained a career-ending knee injury when his car was hit by a truck. He asked me to share his story with the rest of the 9/11 community to ensure that others learn from his horrible experience with his own insurance […]

Zadroga Act Crusader Gets Keys to NYC

On January 9, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented former FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer the keys to the city at City Hall in honor of his tenacious advocacy of Zadroga Act reauthorization. Pfeifer, currently battling stage-four renal cancer, played a pivotal role in persuading Congress to continue health benefits for sick 9/11 responders until the year […]

Carmel FDNY Firefighter Dies of 9/11-Related Illness

It is with great sadness that we at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson acknowledge the passing in January of another brave 9/11 responder who succumbed to 9/11-related illness at all-too-young an age. The Journal News recently reported that Thomas John Kelly, 58, an FDNY firefighter for 17 years in the Bronx and a resident of […]

Barasch McGarry Honored by Congresswoman Maloney

Michael Barasch was honored along with other 9/11 union leaders and advocates by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerrold Nadler for their group effort in getting Congress to extend and reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The law was passed by Congress at the end of December 2015. It guarantees full payment of all […]

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