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Zadroga Act Benefits

NYC Attorneys Assist with Zadroga Act Benefits

Helping you get the benefits to which you are entitled

The 2010 James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act had two primary effects:

The benefits that may be available to you through the WTC Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program are discussed below. For more information, contact a knowledgeable attorney at Barasch & McGarry.

Victim Compensation Fund benefits

Formally known as the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the VCF was designed to provide compensation for economic and non-economic loss to individuals who were physically injured and relatives of deceased individuals who were killed as a result of the 9/11 attacks. Once it is determined that you meet statutory and regulatory eligibility requirements, your award will be based on “compensation computations” performed according to a formula set by the Special Master of the Victim Compensation Fund.

At its most basic, this formula boils down to: economic loss plus non-economic loss minus collateral source payments.

In other words, your Fund settlement will equal no more than your total loss offset by payments you receive from other sources, such as workers’ compensation or disability insurance. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund calculates your economic loss by considering such factors as:

  • Medical and other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Loss of earnings or other benefits — e.g., full pension — because of disability or death
  • The cost of replacement services for necessary tasks you used to perform yourself, e.g., driving the kids to school, washing the dishes or doing your own taxes

Your non-economic losses include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Loss of consortium

Although these fundamentals do not have true money equivalents, the Victim Compensation Fund follows typical personal injury law procedure in assigning a money value to these intangibles.

This calculation of losses is then balanced against any financial compensation or support you have received from third-party sources, including insurers. It does not take into consideration financial support you may have received from family members or friends to help you through difficult times — only “official” sources of compensatory income.

World Trade Center Health Program benefits

The World Trade Center Health Program established under the Zadroga Act provides health care to qualified individuals injured or made ill by the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. It covers medical screening and care for first responders and rescue and recovery workers at all 9/11 crash sites, as well as New York City survivors who were living, working or attending school or day care in the New York City disaster area on or soon after 9/11. It also covers people who were visiting the disaster area on September 11.

In addition, the World Trade Center Health Program provides testing, treatment, and monitoring for a greater number of conditions than the Victim Compensation Fund covers. Significantly, it provides treatment for new occurrences or aggravation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders, and substance abuse disorders.

Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is 2 years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program —or any other governmental agency. The 2 year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the 2 year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

Please help spread the word about the strict 2 year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

Barasch & McGarry — helping set things right

The seasoned personal injury attorneys at Barasch & McGarry have recovered more money from the Victim Compensation Fund for their injured clients than any other law firm. We can help you prove your eligibility and maximize your WTC settlement while minimizing delay, frustration and aggravation. Please contact us online or by phone at 888-351-9421 to discuss your eligibility for Zadroga Act benefits and how to begin the application process.

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
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  • "Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY

  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

    Register For Compensation

Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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