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Deadline for Filing a 9/11 Claim

Still Time to Meet Deadlines for Filing 9/11 Claims

Helping rescue and recovery workers get the benefits they deserve

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act) reopened the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to cover responders and individuals with post 9/11 illnesses not covered by the original fund. However, only responders who suffered from an illness included on the list of WTC-Related Health Conditions were eligible for funds. Over time, though, as responders sickened — and some died — from illnesses not included on the list, it became clear that the list needed to be expanded. As additional diseases were added to the list, new registration deadlines were created. The recent October 3 deadline related to one group of responders and individuals, but not all responders. If you missed the October 3 deadline, it may not be too late to register for Zadroga Act benefits.

The attorneys of Barasch & McGarry help ill and injured responders pursue Zadroga Fund registrations and claims for the medical care and compensation they so fully deserve and desperately need.

Zadroga Fund deadlines for non-October 3 registrations

Responders may believe that if they missed the recent October registration deadline, they have lost their rights to Zadroga benefits. However, the deadline for registering depends on the date when you knew, or reasonably should have known, of your 9/11-related illness. The October 3, 2013, registration deadline applied only to responders and their families who knew (or reasonably should have known) of their 9/11-related illness since October 3, 2011. Those injured before May 30, 2002 who did not qualify or apply for compensation from the first fund also had to register by October 3.

Those responders not covered by the October 3, 2012, date must register within two years of the date they learned (or reasonably should have known) that they suffered an injury as a result of the 9/11 attacks:

  • Responders diagnosed in the last two years with any respiratory illness linked to toxic WTC dust must register within two years of their diagnosis.
  • Responders diagnosed with one of the 62 9/11-related cancers as of October 12, 2012, (the date the final rule adding cancers to the list took effect) must register by October 12, 2014.
  • Responders diagnosed with cancers covered by Zadroga before October 12, 2012, must register within two years of the date they learned or reasonably should have known of their cancer.

Regardless of when claimants registered with the Zadroga Fund, all claim forms for compensation must be received by December 18, 2020.

The attorneys at Barasch & McGarry are happy to help you register with the VCF as a claimant and to follow up with your claim.

For the compensation you need and deserve, contact Barasch & McGarry

For help with every step of the Zadroga registration and claims process, contact the attorneys at Barasch & McGarry. We are committed to ensuring that the responders who gave so much in the wake of the 9/11 attacks receive the benefits they merit. You can reach us online or by phone at 888-351-9421.

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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.

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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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