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A Moving Father’s Day Interview From Barasch & McGarry

We hope your Father’s Day is meaningful. You’ve no doubt heard a lot about Keith Young, the heroic firefighter who lost his battle to cancer on Saint Patrick’s Day. Keith was a celebrated firefighter in Ladder 156 in Midwood, Brooklyn. He was known as the “Firehouse Chef” and published “Cooking with the Firehouse Chef”. He Read More

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New Bill Further Expands Sick Leave Rights for 9/11 Responders

Toxic exposure at Ground Zero has sickened thousands of first responders, many of whom have sought assistance from the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Unfortunately, these beneficial programs do not meet the most immediate needs of these victims: paid leave during treatment for cancer and other debilitating illnesses. As Read More

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Memorial Day: We Appreciate Those Who Have Served

Mike Barasch here. It’s not just a 3 day weekend. It’s a time to honor those who have served our great country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember those who have served abroad (like my own father who was a proud Private in Europe during WWII), and of course, we honor those Read More

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Advocates Say Trump’s Budget Threatens 9/11 Healthcare Program

In April, an editorial in USA Today joined a chorus of concerns that President Trump’s proposed budget could negatively impact healthcare for survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks. The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides critical health screenings and treatment to more than 83,000 people, including about 16,000 FDNY members. President Trump’s proposal would Read More

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A Moving 9/11 Mother’s Day Story on Q104.3 with Shelli Sonstein, Michael Barasch, Melinda and Louis Rivera

We hope you had a nice Mother’s Day. We thought you would enjoy listening to a moving interview of a son (and sister), whose mother lost her battle with cancer as a result of her exposure to the WTC toxins. In this interview with Shelli Sonstein on Q104.3, 20 year old Louis Rivera honors his Read More

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Time Can’t Heal Everything: 9/11 First Responders Still Developing Cancers at an Alarming Rate

Almost sixteen years have passed since the cleanup work at Ground Zero officially ended, yet the devastating impact on those exposed to the toxins endures. Researchers have been studying the physical effects of running directly into, and not away from, one of the largest urban rescue and recovery efforts in history. First responders operated in Read More

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WTC Health Program Statistics Reveal a Quiet Crisis

Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated statistics for the World Trade Center Health Program that reveal a persistent if not well-known health crisis among 9/11 responders and other survivors. The WTC Health Program, which provides free health screenings and medical treatment for persons affected by the terrorist attacks and Read More

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WTC Health Program Takes Steps to Address Wait Times for New Initial Health Evaluations

The World Trade Center Health Program provides health screenings and treatment for 9/11 responders and others suffering from the effects of the terrorists attacks in New York as well as the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. For the last 18 months, the WTC Health Program has seen increased applications to enroll in the program, leading to Read More

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VCF Issues Guidance to Law Firms on Impact of VCF Claims on U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Eligibility

In the last year or so, many 9/11 survivors have been wondering whether to file a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), go with the newer U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (USVSST Fund), or simply file with both and see which delivers an award sooner. However, the VCF has made Read More

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State Expands Thyroid Cancer Screenings to 9/11 Responders

The New York City Council has granted money for thyroid cancer screenings, but screenings have not been readily available for 9/11 survivors outside the city. This year, however, State Senator Terrence Murphy secured state money for screenings in the Hudson Valley.
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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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  • "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

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  • 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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