By Michael Barasch | Published March 15, 2019 | | |
Individuals who were exposed to dangerous substances at or near the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attack now face tougher standards if they seek benefits related to their obstructive sleep apnea. Previously, claimants were required to submit a report demonstrating consistent usage of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for at least Read MoreRead More
As you no doubt heard, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which has been providing financial help to thousands of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors, announced cuts in pending claims of 50%, and cuts in future claims of up to 70%. This means that thousands of people in the 9/11 community, who live in Read MoreRead More
So many people in the 9/11 community are getting sick and dying that the VCF is running out of money. When Congress passed the 9/11 Zadroga Act into law in 2011, it created the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). But, cancers had not yet been linked to the WTC Read MoreRead More
WHAT THE 9/11 COMMUNITY NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE LAW On December 18, 2015, Congress reauthorized and extended both the health program and compensation fund available to the 9/11 community. Downtown residents, office workers, students and teachers are all eligible if they were exposed on 9/11 or during parts of the 8 months that followed. Read MoreRead More
In August, The New York Post reported that the number of cancer cases among WTC responders and survivors was approaching an ominous milestone: 10,000 cases of cancer linked to 9/11, due to exposure to the toxic dust of Ground Zero. This number continues to grow and has now exceeded 10,000. As the 17th anniversary of Read MoreRead More
In a proposed study entitled “Obstructive Sleep Apnea in World Trade Center Responders,” researchers from Rutgers University, in collaboration with those from NYU School of Medicine, hope to find clues as to “the relationship between sleep apnea and various nose and throat conditions.” The study will look at symptoms such as nasal inflammation and restricted Read MoreRead More
The New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS), in addition to other city and state pension systems (including the FDNY, NYPD, and NYCERS), provides pension benefits for workers who have served the required length of time. For some workers, the package could be slightly more than 50 percent of their final average salary (FAS). Read MoreRead More
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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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