Zadroga Act Claims
Helping rescue and recovery workers gain peace of mind
In 2011, Congress reopened the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through the passage of the Zadroga Act. Prior to this, many responders and rescue and recovery workers who developed delayed-onset illnesses and injuries as a result of their work at the WTC and other 9/11 sites could not qualify for compensation or benefits. But through the Zadroga Act — named for an NYPD detective who died from respiratory ailments in 2009 — Congress recognized the government’s continuing responsibility to care for those who developed chronic conditions due to their service following 9/11. The attorneys of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C. are committed to helping ill and injured responders expeditiously pursue Zadroga claims to obtain the medical care and compensation they so fully deserve and desperately need.
Medical care and compensation under the Zadroga Act
The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act provides free medical care to 9/11 responders for injuries and illnesses resulting from their service in or around the World Trade Center site, as well as those who lived and worked in the area. Moreover, the Act reopens the previously closed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and expands eligibility to those who developed an illness or injury outside of the first 72 hours following the attack.
Under the Zadroga Act and the new Victim Compensation Fund, individuals who were present at a 9/11 crash site between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and who suffered an injury or illness as a direct result may qualify for compensation. Workers at the WTC, as well as those who lived or worked in the area, may also qualify for medical treatment under the WTC Health Plan. The new Victim Compensation Fund reopened on October 3, 2011, and responders who knew or should have known of their injury or illness prior to that date must file a claim by October 3, 2013. Others have two years from the date they learned of an illness or injury to file.
Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C. — helping set things right
At Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, P.C., we are committed to serving the responders who gave so much in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. While we know that no amount of money could ever make up for your pain and losses, we strongly believe that everyone injured, made ill or bereaved by the catastrophe of September 11 should receive as much financial support as possible. Our attorneys work hard to help claimants receive the compensation and medical care they so rightfully deserve. Please contact us online or by phone at 888.351.9421 to determine eligibility for WTC compensation or to start the process of applying for James Zadroga Act benefits.