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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 […]

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 […]

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 newsobserver.com is misleading. Barasch said: “While Congress did in fact extend the Victim Compensation Fund to the end of 2020, it is important […]

Michael Barasch Addresses Delegates at UFOA Education Seminar

  Michael Barasch addressing the delegates at the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Education Seminar Mike Barasch was invited to address the delegates at the UFOA Education Seminar. Mike spoke about the legal rights and compensation available to all first responders who have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers linked to the WTC […]

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 […]

Congress extends Zadroga Health & Compensation Act!

Finally!  Earlier today, Congress officially voted to extend the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.  It wasn’t until 11 p.m. on Tuesday that New York lawmakers and advocates knew for sure that the $1.1 trillion must-pass omnibus spending bill for 2016 actually included a $8.1-billion extension of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. But, Congress […]

Has Your Member of Congress Forgotten 9/11?

As of midnight, September 30, 2015, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired. The expiration means that the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program will not be funded beyond October 2016. Does Congress truly intend to abandon thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors who served our country valiantly in […]

Jon Stewart Makes Surprise ‘Daily Show’ Return for 9/11 First Responders

Mike Barasch watched with gratitude as Jon Stewart returned to the Daily Show to shine a light on Congress’ refusal to pass legislation that would extend the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act (including the Victim Compensation Fund). Stewart urged viewers to contact Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Ryan to urge them to pass […]

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 […]

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