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Medical Responders with 9/11-Related Illnesses Struggle to Obtain Disability Pensions

As the New York Post recently reported, different pension programs govern retirement for different classes of responders, so while FDNY firefighters are being protected, medical responders who work for FDNY, who responded to the same scene, and who faced the same perils, are having extreme difficulty obtaining a fair outcome.

Hearing Loss: Primary Blast Injury Ear Bilateral is Accepted as a World Trade Center-related Illness

Firefighters across the nation have long suspected that the excessive noise produced by the sirens of their emergency vehicles dramatically impacts their hearing. However, only few have sought treatment for their audible injuries caused by the 9/11 primary blast at Ground Zero.

U.S. Rep. Wants a Presidential Medal of Valor for 9/11 Line-of-Duty Deaths

House Democratic Caucus chairman Rep. Joseph Crowley has introduced the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017, a bill that would extend eligibility for the Presidential Medal of Valor to public safety officers who responded on September 11, 2001 and later died of 9/11-related diseases.

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Now Releases SSA Data – What Does This Mean For You?

The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has made available a stream of Social Security Administration (SSA) data that makes it easy to see which illness a claimant’s Social Security disability (SSD) is based on. This change means no more trips to your local SSA office.

The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will Permanently Close Exactly 3 Years from Today

Today marks three years from the date that the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will shut its doors forever. While the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) was extended for 75 years, the 9/11 Community will no longer be able to assert claims for compensation for new illnesses or wrongful death after December 18, 2020. Despite the fact that the VCF has awarded over $3 billion to 14,000+ responders, downtown residents, office workers, teachers and students, the reality is that only a fraction of those eligible have registered with the WTCHP and moved forward with a VCF claim.

Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Adds 112 Names Due to 9/11 Illnesses

Each year during Fire Prevention Week, the memory and valor of New York’s firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice is commemorated at the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany. This year, 118 new names were etched into the Memorial’s granite wall.

Michael Barasch Joins John Feal on Sonstein Sessions (Nov. 29, 2017): Updating the 9/11 Toxin Epidemic

The man who got health care coverage for life for ailing 9/11 first responders, John Feal, joins attorney Michael Barasch on Sonstein Sessions on November 29, 2017 updating the 9/11 toxin epidemic.

Michael Barasch on WNYC Morning Edition (Nov. 30, 2017): Only 10 Percent of Those Eligible Have Registered for 9/11 Benefits

The following is the transcript from Michael Barasch’s appearance on the WNYC Morning Edition on November 30, 2017 discussing the reason why only 10% of those eligible to receive money & benefits from the Zadroga Health & Compensation Act have signed up.

Study Finds 9/11 Toxic Dust Linked to Heart Trouble Risk for Children

A recent study indicates that exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, contained in dust particles released into the homes of New Yorkers by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, seems to be associated with abnormally high cholesterol levels in young adults who were children at the time of the terrorist attacks.

Cancers of Former Students and Teachers Linked to 9/11 Toxic Dust

At least 12 former students who attended schools south of Canal Street on 9/11, or during the eight months that followed, have filed claims with the federal government for World Trade Center-related cancers. Dozens of others have been diagnosed with well-recognized 9/11 respiratory illnesses. Scores of teachers have fallen ill, and, tragically, many have died from their WTC illnesses.
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