By Michael Barasch | Published July 4, 2018 | |
On America’s 242nd birthday, we have so much to be grateful for. Since 1776 when the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, we have been celebrating the birth of America’s freedom. Did you know that George Washington had the Declaration of Independence read to his troops who were assembled in the Commons in lower Read MoreRead More
You’ve likely heard the heartbreaking news that on June 27th, FDNY Chief of Fire Prevention Ronald Spadafora passed away as a result of a World Trade Center-related cancer (leukemia) at age 63. He led the department’s search, rescue, and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He is also the highest ranking first responder (4-Star Chief) to Read MoreRead More
The World Trade Center Health Program is a vital benefit of the Zadroga Act, which provides healthcare screening and treatment for victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Registration with the program is also an important precursor to filing a claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the WTC Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 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.
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.
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