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Medical Monitoring and Healthcare for WTC Victims

Addressing the ongoing health issues of WTC attack victims

Unfortunately, the disaster created by the WTC collapse did not end when the last bit of debris was carted off to Fresh Kills and the rebuilding officially began. For many people who worked on or near a WTC site, their daily struggles with WTC-related cancers, other illnesses and injuries continue. The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 took two major steps to help those injured or made ill through exposure to toxic waste from the WTC collapse. The Zadroga Bill reopened the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide financial compensation to people with qualifying illnesses and injuries. It also created and funded the World Trade Center Health Program to continue and improve medical testing, treatment and monitoring for people whose health suffered because of exposure to WTC toxins.

Conditions covered by the WTC Health Program

The WTC Health Program covers all of the physical conditions eligible for WTC settlement payments from the Victim Compensation Fund. But, whereas the VCF covers only physical injuries, the Health Program also provides screening and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as substance abuse disorders, even if these mental health conditions are not accompanied by any physical symptoms.

Services available through the WTC Health Program

If you qualify, the WTC Health Program will provide medical monitoring and treatment for WTC-related conditions. As long as you use WTC Health Program-approved medical providers for medical evaluations and treatments and approved pharmacies to fill any prescriptions, there will be no cost to you. The WTC Health Program will provide all care required to treat covered 9/11-related health conditions.

The WTC Health Program also provides ongoing medical monitoring for responders and survivors who were exposed to WTC toxins after the towers collapsed but who are not currently experiencing health problems. These exams are free, and while not required, may provide important benefits:

  • Medical monitoring exams may detect subtle changes you are not aware of that can be treated or slowed with early intervention.
  • Measuring health status over time helps identify any worrisome trends.
  • Information gathered about 9/11 responders will help protect workers in future emergency or disaster operations.

You can and should continue to see your regular doctor while receiving care through the WTC Health Program, as the program only covers care provided by approved doctors for WTC-related health conditions. For regular check-ups and for treatment of other illnesses or injuries, you will need to see your regular physician.

Participating in the WTC Health Program and eligibility for WTC settlement payments

Receiving care and medical monitoring from the WTC Health Program will not detrimentally affect your eligibility for compensation under the reopened September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. If you have any questions or concerns, the experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys at Barasch & McGarry would like to help you sort them out and get you the best healthcare and financial compensation available.

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
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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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