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Health Program for 9/11 Victims

Health Program for 9/11 Responders

On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2011. Title I of the Act created the World Trade Center Health Program, operated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Program provides medical monitoring and treatment to eligible responders to the September 11th terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash site in Shanksville, PA, as well as survivors of the New York attacks. Title II reopened the Victim Compensation Fund to pay benefits to persons afflicted with illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks.

Determining eligibility for the WTC Health Program

The WTC Health Program serves responders to the three attack sites and survivors of the New York attack. Eligible parties include:

  • Active or retired firefighters and police officers
  • Emergency health workers
  • Recovery workers
  • Cleanup contractors
  • Volunteers who assisted in rescue, recovery or clean-up efforts
  • NYC survivors who lived, worked, went to school or attended daycare in the NYC disaster area
  • Survivors who were present in the dust or dust cloud in the NYC disaster area on September 11, 2001

Under the Zadroga Act, anyone who shows they were present at the crash sites during the specified period, or who suffered physical harm due to the crashes or debris removal, has eligibility to make a claim for compensation. In October of 2012, the WTC Health Program began providing medical monitoring and treatment benefits to survivors living outside the NYC metropolitan area.

Treatment under the WTC Health Program

The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program provides medical monitoring, testing, treatment and prescription drugs for a range of certified conditions. Covered illnesses include:

  • 68 different types of cancer
  • Respiratory diseases like asthma and chronic cough
  • Digestive disorders, such as acid reflux
  • Mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Eligible responders, workers, volunteers and survivors can apply for the program and be seen at clinics and hospitals that have a high level of skill in treating 9/11 problems and diseases. The Program is free of charge for those enrolled, as long as approved healthcare providers and pharmacies are used. The Program also pays for inpatient care, as long as the hospitalization is for treatment of a WTC-related condition.

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.

Contact us for WTC health program eligibility

Your condition must be certified by the Program before you may begin receiving treatment benefits. Your WTC Health Program-affiliated physician will make that determination and the Administrator of the Program makes the final decision. Each case is different, so it is impossible to say how long certification can take. Attorneys at the firm of Barasch & McGarry are available for advice, counseling and representation of 9/11 victims at 888-351-9421.

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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