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New NY State Law Allows Unlimited Sick Leave for Government-Employed 9/11 First Responders

New York State lawmakers recently addressed an inequitable situation creating hardship for 9/11 responders who work on state and municipal payrolls outside of New York City. In the years since the terrorist attacks, thousands of first responders and rescue and recovery workers have become sick due to exposure to toxic air at Ground Zero, but […]

Michael Barasch Comments on “Veteran officers battling 9/11-related illnesses from cancer to PTSD” Article

Sixteen years after the 9/11 terror attacks on our country, the death toll continues to rise. There is no longer any question that exposure to 9/11 toxins created a health crisis among first responders, as well as among residents, students and workers who were exposed. But those who are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses have not […]

We Will Never Forget

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. On this day each year, our hearts grow heavier as we reflect upon the innocent lives that were lost. But we also feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and admiration for our first responders, whose acts of bravery and selflessness are a light in […]

You are invited to Voices of September 11 Events on 9/9 and 9/10 in NYC

To our friends and clients: Next Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on our country. We know that this is going to be a difficult week for so many of you. We want to be sure that you know that you are not alone, and that there is a community of advocates […]

Michael Barasch and UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald Appear on the “Blue Collar Buzz” Radio Show

Michael Barasch and UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald appeared on the “Blue Collar Buzz” radio show to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. They also acknowledged the health crisis that has caused 1,720 retired and active firefighters to be stricken with cancers linked to the WTC toxic dust. Listen to the show: […]

Mount Sinai Gets Contract Renewal as WTC Health Program Center

This spring, Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan announced the renewal of its two contracts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to fund two 9/11-related centers: the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) and the WTC General Responder Data Center […]

We Remember Bobby Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino Who Died in the Deutsche Bank Fire 10 Years Ago Today

Today, August 18, 2017, marks the 10th Anniversary of the Deutsche Bank fire that tragically took the lives of our client, firefighter Bobby Beddia and also firefighter Joseph Graffagnino. We take this time to remember both heroes, along with the hundred other members of the FDNY who were injured in this blaze that started when […]

Study Confirms Intense WTC Dust Exposure Linked to Heart and Lung Disease

A recent study of 9/11 survivors, published in the online journal Injury Epidemiology, confirms that intense exposure to the toxic dust of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 — but not subsequently — was enough to cause significantly greater risk of heart and lung disease a decade or more later. The study was […]

BREAKING NEWS: VCF Requires Claimants to Enroll in the WTC Health Program

The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has changed its regulations for eligibility. While there are a few exceptions, it is now a requirement that all claimants have their WTC-linked illnesses certified through World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). Getting certified by the WTCHP has always been the fastest way to have the VCF find your conditions […]

Study Sees Link Between Mild TBI and PTSD in Emergency Responders

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Journal of Neurotrauma has “identified risk factors for the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), making it possible to screen for PTSD symptoms among at-risk populations,” according to the website MedicalXpress. An important aspect […]

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