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Advocates Pressure Congress to Extend Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

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Advocates Pressure Congress to Extend Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

Advocates from the World Trade Center Health Program are urging lawmakers in Congress to pass an extension of a law that provides medical benefits for 9/11 first responders. The law, called the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, took effect in 2011 and provides medical monitoring and treatment for those who worked at Ground… Read More »

Could Wall Street Workers Have Been Affected by Ground Zero Dust?

Recently, the story of Dave Innocenti, a former employee at the New York Stock Exchange, made national news. Today, the former broker, who regularly biked, ran and lifted weights, has to walk with a cane and use an electric chairlift to get up stairs at just 58 years old, thanks to rheumatoid arthritis he developed… Read More »

78 Ground Zero Cleanup Workers Settle Claims

A federal judge recently approved settlements brought forth by 78 different workers who helped to clean up the debris at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The workers all suffered from a variety of conditions caused by the toxic dust floating in the air after buildings in the area… Read More »

Ohio Small Business Recognized for Assisting 9/11 Charity Program

Vincent J. Doherty, a retired captain of the Fire Department of New York, recently came to Mayville Heights, Ohio to honor the owners of a local small business for their contributions to the Building for America’s Bravest program, a charitable endeavor operated by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Chuck and Mark Wien, the… Read More »

Sick Ground Zero Workers Win $53 Million Settlement

More than 80 union workers who helped Ground Zero cleanup have received a settlement worth $53.8 million. The workers are all suffering from lingering health issues after working around Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and breathing in the toxic dust that had settled in the area after the… Read More »

NYC Firefighters Among Groups in Favor of Renewing Zadroga Act

Firefighters have been vocal in support for renewing the Zadroga Act, a piece of federal legislation providing medical care and financial compensation to all survivors and responders who became injured or ill in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A statement from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) was released… Read More »

Jon Stewart and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand applauded for Highlighting the Effort to Make the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Permanent

Barasch & McGarry applauds Jon Stewart and Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) for highlighting the need to reauthorize and make permanent the programs that are helping injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors.  Mike Barasch attended the Daily Show taping with FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles, Attorney Noah Kushlefsky, 9/11 Advocate John Feal, and several other 9/11… Read More »

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Hits Billion-Dollar Milestone

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has now awarded more than $1 billion in benefits, according to a recently released report. First responders have received the vast majority of that total, at approximately $973 million. The fund provides financial and medical assistance to anyone who fell ill after being exposed to toxic chemicals in the dust… Read More »

First Responders Affected by Ground Zero Toxins Testify to Congress

As the fight continues to extend the benefits of the James Zadroga Health Act, more people have shown up to testify in front of Congress on the continued need for those benefits. Recently, a number of first responders who had been seriously injured in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 appeared… Read More »

9/11 First Responders Dogged by Rheumatoid Arthritis

In the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many first responders who worked at Ground Zero have suffered a number of health problems, including respiratory issues and cancer. Recently, evidence has suggested there is yet another health concern to add to the list: rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that… Read More »

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