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Death of 9/11 Hero Should Stir Zadroga Act Support

The death on September 10 of a Yonkers policeman from 9/11-related cancer did not arouse sufficient support for Congress to renew the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, before it expired on September 30. But Lt. Roy McLaughlin’s life and untimely death should stand as a reminder of the urgent need to extend […]

Press Conference at Ground Zero to Support Congressional Reps

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Mike Barasch attended a press conference at Ground Zero to support Congressional Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Frank Pallone, Nydia Velázquez, and Steve Israel, all who all criticized recent Republican proposals that would provide an underfunded and temporary extension of the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.  The new Republican […]

NYPD Lt. Marci Simms Dies From 9/11-related Illness

Marci Simms’ tragic death is, sadly, just one of hundreds of tragic deaths since 9/11. Hopefully, Congress will wake up and do the right thing for these sick 9/11 first responders, whose only mistake was believing the EPA’s pronouncement that “the air is safe.” Marci Simms, 51, died Thursday at her Long Island home, 16 […]

Senator John McCain Agrees to Zadroga Extension

We are thrilled to report that this morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) agreed to co-sponsor the Senate’s version of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act extension. The pending bill is sponsored in the House by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). It is sponsored in the […]

Mike Barasch joined John Feal, 20 first responders and Tom Porter in Congress

Last week, Mike Barasch joined John Feal, 20 first responders and Tom Porter in Congress. Tom is the legislative director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  They met with dozens of republican representatives, trying to convince them and their staff of the importance of extending the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.” […]

Cancer rates in the NYPD have risen about 50 percent since Sept. 11, 2001

According to a long-term study published this month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, NYPD Chief Surgeon Dr. Eli Kleinman, along with scientists at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, found a roughly 50-percent increase in all cancers after Sept. 11, with especially alarming rates of four specific types: Brain […]

Is Rheumatoid Arthritis a New Health Worry for 9/11 Responders?

More than a decade after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the list of 9/11-related diseases continues to grow. Early on, authorities conceded that the toxic atmosphere at Ground Zero had likely caused a number of respiratory conditions, (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic rhinosinusitis) as well as gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). […]

Mike Barasch and John Feal Visit Congressman King’s Office in D.C.

Mike Barasch joined John Feal and two dozen first responders in Washington to lobby for a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. A pending bill is sponsored in the House by Congressman Peter King and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Prior to making their rounds, Barasch and Feal visited Mr. King’s office and expressed their appreciation […]

Cancer Rate for Ground Zero Cops 50 Percent Higher than Pre-9/11

A long-awaited 20-year study by the NYPD has revealed that cancer rates among cops has increased 50% since 9/11.  This is consistent with other studies that have been previously published by the FDNY’s Bureau of Health Services.   Four cancers in particular, Brain, kidney, thyroid and lymphoma, were the most prevalent. http://nypost.com/2015/10/09/cancer-rate-for-ground-zero-cops-50-percent-higher-than-pre-911/ Our law firm represents […]

Prostate Cancer Linked to WTC Dust: Deadline to Register for Compensation is October 21

There is an upcoming deadline for 9/11 responders who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  If you worked at Ground Zero in the wake of the terrorist attacks, there is a legal presumption that exposure to the WTC toxic dust caused your prostate cancer.  The deadline to register for compensation for 9/11 cancers is generally […]


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