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Message from Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya – VCF Program Updates

Michael Barasch commented on Victim Compensation Fund Special Master’s program update: When Congress re-authorized and extended the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) last December, it mandated that the VCF pay claimants whose applications were completed, before it could even consider new or amended claims. As many of you know firsthand, many claimants have still not been […]

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund: Still waiting after 15 years

Bobby Zahn has been approved for a claim from the Victim Compensation Fund. He got metastatic prostate cancer following his work at ground zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel) Mike Barasch, managing partner of Barasch & McGarry, attorneys for the Zadroga Family, as well as thousands of […]

IAFF Warns of the Growing Number of PTSD and Cancer Diagnoses Among Firefighters and EMT’s

Michael Barasch & Harold Schaitberger Attorney Mike Barasch, whose NYC law firm Barasch & McGarry represents more 9/11 victims than any other firm in the country, commented on the IAFF report that warns of the growing number of PTSD and Cancer diagnoses among firefighters and EMT’s. “The IAFF study shines a light on health problems […]

Poor Lung Function Persists Among 9/11 Responders

A recent study published in CHEST Journal, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, revealed that 13 years after the September 11 attacks, most firefighters exposed to toxic dust “continued to show a lack of lung function recovery.” However, the study did note a lung function benefit among affected firefighters who stopped […]

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Begins Accepting New Claims

Michael Barasch, attorney for thousands of Victim Compensation Fund claimants, applauded the launch of the Fund’s new claim form.  “We have been precluded from uploading new claims and documents for the past 7 months.  It appears that the wait has been worth it.  The new forms and online system do indeed seem “easier to navigate […]

Basking Ridge Yard Sale Funds Charity Begun in the Aftermath of 9/11

Heartworks founder Megan McDowell of Bernardsville at the annual Heartworks fundraising yard sale at 19 Route 202, Basking Ridge. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner A two-day yard sale whose proceeds benefit local families was recently held in the Somerset County town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. What’s noteworthy about this event is its connection to the […]

WTC Survivors Up in Arms Over 28 Pages Missing from 9/11 Inquiry

© Brad Rickerby / Reuters Nearly 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, survivors are still waiting for justice. The perpetrators died that day, and some of the architects of the attacks have been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay or killed. But there are still bitter feelings among survivors who suspect, quite reasonably, that persons who financed […]

Law Professors Warn Against Allowing Injured Americans to Sue Saudi Arabia

Firefighters with a flag that was flying at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times On Wednesday, April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a federal law allowing American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism to sue the nation of Iran in American courts for as much […]

Michael Barasch Warns About Misleading Article About New Rules for Filing Claims With the 9/11 Compensation Fund

Michael Barasch, whose law firm represented James Zadroga and currently represents more sick 9/11 responders and local residents and workers that any other firm in the country, warned that the article in is misleading. Barasch said: “While Congress did in fact extend the Victim Compensation Fund to the end of 2020, it is important […]

NYC Chief Medical Examiner and WTC Responder Dies at 79

Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, left, in 1989, the year he became New York City’s chief medical examiner. A taciturn Chicagoan, Dr. Hirsch said his autopsies constituted a “dialogue with the dead.” Credit Neal Boenzi/The New York Times The New York Times recently reported that Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, New York City’s chief medical examiner from […]

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